Mike Morisi, president of PEOPLExpress welcomes passengers arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport on Aug. 1. After nearly 30 years PEOPLExpress hopes to return to Atlanta.
Photo: Hyosub Shin
Photo: Hyosub Shin

Hartsfield-Jackson top-ranked for airport amenities

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport ranks at the top among the biggest U.S. airports for traveler amenities, according to a new report released Wednesday.

The Global Gateway Alliance report said the Atlanta airport tied for first place with Minneapolis-St. Paul and Seattle-Tacoma airports when it comes to offering a range of amenities for travelers.

No single airport offered every amenity. But Hartsfield-Jackson does offer wireless charging stations, free wi-fi, play areas, walking paths (such as the underground walkway between concourses), water bottle filling stations, spas, automated passport control kiosks, MARTA access, the Plane Train people-mover and a cell phone lot.

The study also noted that the Atlanta airport has interactive charging stations with cameras that travelers can use to share a photo with family and friends via social media while charging their phones.

The world’s busiest airport still lacks a full-fledged terminal hotel and a post-security pet relief area. The Atlanta airport does have sleep suites on Concourse B and a pet relief area outside the main domestic terminal, however. And airport officials plan to begin work to put a full-fledged hotel on airport grounds near the domestic terminal.

“Airports across the country are upping their game by offering more amenities across all fields to accommodate the modern day passenger,” said Tim Zagat, co-founder of Zagat Surveys and a board member of the Global Gateway Alliance, which is a nonprofit created to address airport infrastructure issues in the New York area.

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