If you showed up at the airport with the spontaneous urge to take a nonstop flight anywhere in the world, where would you go? No matter what destination springs to mind, the fact is that your creativity will be limited by your airport’s connectivity.
With Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s route map, the choices are pretty extensive: about 70 international destinations in about 45 countries.
In its new economic impact study, the airport includes a map with all existing overseas routes as of last December. Spider legs connecting cities show that local and transfer travelers in Atlanta enjoy the widest array of choices in the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe.
But there are also more far-flung locales where Atlanta’s access sets itself apart. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. offers the most nonstop service of any U.S. airline to Africa, serving both Johannesburg and Lagos, Nigeria, from Atlanta. The airline also reaches Dubai, while China and India – both markets that were previously served nonstop from Atlanta – remain out of reach except through connecting flights in other Delta hubs.
In fact, Asia is mostly empty, though lines connecting Atlanta with Tokyo via Delta and with Seoul on Korean Air peek out of the map’s right side.
Airport General Manager Miguel Southwell is hoping to change that, saying often that the city needs better connections with large population centers overseas with growing numbers of middle-class consumers.