Metro Atlanta Real Estate Blog

Hartsfield-Jackson International - The World’s Busiest Airport

A Delta flight leaving the runway of Hartsfield-Jackson with Atlanta skyline in the background.

History Of The Atlanta Airport

April of 1925 saw the first rumblings of an Atlanta airport. Originally an abandoned racetrack, the 287 acres soon became a working airport and was named Candler Field, after the old owner’s family and Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler.

During its formative years, Hartsfield-Jackson was visited by Charles Lindbergh and his Spirit of St. Louis, saw Delta Air Lines’ first flight, and in 1948, more than 1 million travelers passed through its doors.

Becoming The Busiest Airport In The World

In 1957, Hartsfield-Jackson became the busiest airport in the country; 2 million travelers passed through that year. Also that year, between 12pm and 2pm each day, Atlanta’s airport became the busiest in the world. In 1971, William B. Hartsfield died and the airport was officially renamed to William B. Hartsfield Atlanta Airport.

Several months later, however, international flights began and the name was changed again to William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport. In 1999, Hartsfield-Jackson officially becomes the World’s Busiest Airport after seeing 73.5 million travelers in 1998.

Expansion & Growth

Throughout the late 70s and 80s, construction was a constant occurrence, whether on terminals or fields, parking lots or towers. The number of yearly travelers was growing exponentially, and the airport struggled to keep up. June of 1988 saw MARTA’s line extended into the airport itself, making travel easier for Atlanta’s citizens.

In 1996, the Atrium was completed as part of the Hartsfield...

Things To Do In Atlanta - May 2015

Sound stage at Shaky Knees music festival, May 2015 Atlanta events.

Top Events In Atlanta - May 2015

April showers are long over, and the month of May has arrived, and with it festivals, concerts, and other outdoor activities that allow you to take advantage of Atlanta’s beautiful spring weather. What follows is only a sampling of the many events that are taking place around this beautiful city in the month of May.

The Georgia Renaissance Festival (Weekends In May)

Back for its 30th year, The Georgia Renaissance Festival is a favorite pastime. With traditional Renaissance food, an artist’s market, games, rides, and dozens of live performances, the festival has made itself a can’t-miss tradition. Each weekend is themed, so a good time is guaranteed, no matter the day you visit. The Georgia Renaissance Festival is an experience that shouldn’t be missed.

Taste of Alpharetta (May 7th)

For the past 25 years, the Taste of Alpharetta has introduced festival goers to new foods and restaurants. With over 60 restaurants participating, you’re sure to find a new favorite or two. The ambience is worth going for, as well, with historic downtown Alpharetta the backdrop; enjoy demonstrations, games, cooking competitions, and live music as well.

Pick’n in Grant Park (May 8th-9th)

Spend a weekend listening to live music and plenty of BBQ – what else could you ask for? Pick’n in Grant Park, organized by the Grant Park Conservancy, is in its inaugural year and brings together Atlanta’s best BBQ...