It’s time for a summer getaway: Tips to tackle the busy travel season at ATL

Officials estimate over 10 million travelers move through Hartsfield-Jackson during the summer season.

By Jessica Green

Public Affairs Intern

With the summer solstice and Fourth of July in the rearview, the warm weather season is officially upon us. About 10.7 million passengers are expected to go through security checkpoints this summer at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, so to say the season is a popular time for travel would be an understatement.

Passengers are traveling through ATL to destinations all over the world.

The top 10 domestic travel destinations are:

  1. New York
  2. Orlando
  3. Chicago
  4. Fort Lauderdale / Miami
  5. Tampa
  6. Baltimore
  7. Dallas
  8. Washington D.C.
  9. Philadelphia
  10. Los Angeles

Concourses E and F are also quite busy this time of year. Here are the top 10 international destinations:

  1. Toronto, Canada
  2. Cancun, Mexico
  3. Mexico City, Mexico
  4. Montreal, Canada
  5. Nassau, Bahamas
  6. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  7. Paris, France
  8. London, England
  9. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  10. Montego Bay, Jamaica

And if you’re long overdue for a vacation, here are a few tips for your next getaway.

With increased traffic and ATLNext, the multibillion-dollar capital improvement program underway, ATL passengers are advised to arrive at the Airport at least two hours before their scheduled departure for domestic flights and three hours in advance for international flights. This allows for plenty of time to check luggage and get through security checkpoints.

Hartsfield-Jackson has several projects in development continuing through the summer. Workers are finishing up construction of the South Terminal canopy. The entire exterior of the Domestic Terminal is getting a face lift. Pedestrian bridges will create a bypass above the roadways and connect the Domestic Terminal to the parking decks, improving better traffic flow. Renovations to create space for additional gates on Concourse Tare taking place. And the ATL West Parking Deck, located near the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC), is currently under development.

With all the improvements being made to ATL, be mindful of temporary closures and cautious in construction zones. Visit for updates.

Whether it’s a weekend retreat or a month abroad, this summer is the perfect time to venture. Dust off your passport, grab your boarding pass, and enjoy traveling.