Airports, Analyzed: ATL
Atlanta, Georgia: home of the 1996 Summer Olympics and the busiest airport in the world since 1998! It is the hub to Delta Air Lines, and a focus city for Southwest Airlines. Yes, it can be overwhelming…
I had a connection in Atlanta on my way to and from Newburgh, New York. On my outbound flight, landing in Atlanta was wonderful. My next flight was only 3 gates away. The airport was bustling with people, yet it was still easy to move around and not get bumped by others. I was surprised how clean it was, especially the restrooms. They have a great selection of eateries and shops to keep you entertained. My layover was quick, and I had no problem making it to my next flight.
Returning to Atlanta was a different story! I arrived in Terminal C, and found out I must go to Terminal A for my next flight. Looking at the airport map, Terminal A was far away! My flight was delayed some due to bad weather, so I decided to walk instead of taking the train. The walk wasn’t too bad. They had moving sidewalks of course, and neat stuff to look at. On my walk, I went through a beautiful history presentation of the South. The display was full of pictures, quotations, and readings. It was neat to read through the exhibition while strolling down the corridor. When I made it to Terminal A, I was surprised at the storefronts I saw. Designer names like BVLGARI and Swarovski litter the concourse. Restaurants are not hard to find, and have all types of cuisine.
I just stopped in a convenience store and gladly found a coconut water (can be hard to find, especially in an airport) before heading to the gate. At the gate, Delta provided electrical plugs to charge your phone and use your computer. They also had large flat screen TVs displaying sports and the news. The seats were surprisingly comfortable and not too close together! Overall, this was a comfortable place, even with a longer layover.