Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is once again helping passengers headed abroad for the holidays get into the spirit of the season before ever taking off.
According to its long-established tradition, the world’s busiest airport once again has installed holiday trees around Concourse F — the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal — and enlisted Atlanta’s diplomatic corps and international organizations to adorn them with culturally significant decorations.
The celebration of the global community at the airport comes amid a recovery of foreign travel after the pandemic. While the airport hosted just 5.8 million international travelers in 2021, it had already blown past that figure before the busy holiday season, posting 8.2 million international passengers year to date through October, the latest month for which numbers are available.
The terminal was built a decade ago with an eye toward hosting 13 million international travelers, a number it only briefly flirted with before the pandemic sapped demand. Overall traffic at the airport through October was up 27.7 percent over 2021, climbing to 77.7 million, though still down slightly from pre-pandemic records in 2019.
For those grounded this year, below is photo gallery of the trees in the terminal. How many countries can you identify by their ornaments?