By M.J. Subiria Arauz
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport wants to ensure that passengers have a positive experience during its busiest travel week of the year, according to a spokeswoman for the airport.
Katena Carvajales said the busy week -- for what is already the world's busiest airport -- will occur during the Fourth of July holiday period, from Thursday, June 30, to Wednesday, July 6.
Passenger traffic at the airport during the period is expected to increase nearly 2 percent over last year, which parallels the increase the airport is seeing, year-to-date, compared to last year.
"We are happy to serve more than two million passengers during this busy holiday period," said Louis Miller, aviation general manager at Hartsfield-Jackson. "We have extra staffing, efficient services and plenty of shops to help passengers navigate through the airport with ease."
Carvajales said Hartsfield-Jackson passengers should follow the tips below, to help them enjoy their travel experience more.
* Arrive at the airport early.
Travelers should arrive 90 minutes before boarding domestic flights, and two hours before international flights, she said. Passengers can sign up for Trak-a-Flight, a free airport service that frequently updates passengers on flight information. People can retrieve this information on their e-mail accounts, PDAs or mobile devices, she said.
To register for Track-a-Flight, one must visit a link on the airport's web site, http://www.atlanta-airport.com/Flights/register.aspx.
On average, passengers should expect to wait less than 10 minutes during off-peak times at security checkpoint areas, and 20 minutes, at the most, during peak times, said Carvajales. People can check security wait times at the airport's web site, www.atlanta-airport.com. One can also register for Trak-a-Line for free, to be updated on current wait times through e-mail, or a mobile device. The Trak-a-Line link can be found on the home page of the airport's web site.
* Park at the airport to save time.
Hartsfield-Jackson has more than 30,000 on-site parking spaces in the hourly, economy, daily, Gold and Park-Ride lots, said Carvajales. "The lots are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week," she said. There are more than 8,000 Park-Ride spaces that are offered at $9 per day. Atlanta's airport, she said, also has 40 express-pay stations accessible to passengers inside the terminal, and at on-site parking decks. These stations allow travelers to pay for their parking space by using cash, or a credit card before they return to their vehicles, she explained.
The airport's West parking lot only accepts credit cards as a form of payment, advised Carvajales. For more information about parking at Hartsfield-Jackson, passengers should call 1-877-ATL-PARK, or visit the airport's web site, she said.
* Various concessions available for travelers.
The airport recently completed the opening of 80 new shops, offering a myriad of options for last-minute purchases, said Carvajales.
"Find summertime needs -- including sunscreen and books for the beach -- at multiple stores," she said. "Dining choices are extensive, with more than 100 restaurants and food and beverage outlets."