Airports can be infuriating and puzzling places.
From foreboding security and immigration staff to patchy wifi and drab chain restaurants, there’s very little joy to be had before you set off on a business trip or family vacation.
When you’re faced with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, however, the busiest passenger airport in the world, the rage and confusion can reach fever pitch.
Because the city of Atlanta is within a two-hour flight of 80% of the US population, it’s little wonder over 104 million passengers made their way through its airport in 2017.
This means those who don’t have their wits around them can potentially be swallowed up and spat out by its sprawling car parks, terminals and departure lounges before their flight has even taken off.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
By following our top three tips to tame the world’s busiest passenger airport, you can make sure your vacation or business trip runs smoothly …
- Save Time by Pre-Booking an Airport Parking Service
Collapsing with high blood pressure before your trip is best avoided, which is why it’s such a great idea to pre-book an airport parking service by using the Atlanta airport parking comparison site Looking4.com
You can even go for a meet and greet service, which means a driver will meet you at your terminal and park your car. When you return to the airport, you call the company and they’ll return your vehicle back to the terminal. Stress-free!
- Skip the Check-In Line
So you’ve parked your car and hauled your luggage to the terminal—success, you think, I’m on my way. But no. Before you can make it through to the departure lounge, you’re faced with a line at check-in that stretches for as far as the eye can see.
Check-in online, which can usually be done 24 hours before your flight. If you forget, though, remember that there are a number of self-service facilities dotted around Hartsfield-Jackson, so do the business there and it’s a hop, a skip and a jump to the departure area.
- Stop Lining Up to Board
We’ve all witnessed it: folk who queue to board their flight before the airplane is anywhere to be found. It really is unnecessary, especially when you have an allocated seat. That’s why we recommend you wait until these keen beans are out of the way before you attempt to board.
Unless you’re running late (did you forget to book airport parking and check-in online?!), that should leave you plenty of time to idly make your way to the departure lounge, have a couple of drinks or grab a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants Atlanta airport has to offer.
What do you think?
Do you have any other tips for our readers looking to negotiate the hustle and bustle of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport? Please let us know in the comments below—we’d love to hear from you.