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As part of the agreement, the property was renamed Candler Field after its former owner, Coca-Cola tycoon and former Atlanta mayor Asa Candler.
The first flight into Candler Field was September 15, 1926, a Florida Airways mail plane flying from Jacksonville, Florida.
That year work began on a million terminal that opened May 3, 1961.
It was the largest in the country and could handle over six million travelers a year; the first year nine and a half million people passed through. Construction began on the present midfield terminal in January 1977 under the administration of Mayor Maynard Jackson.
In 1957 Atlanta saw its first jet airliner: a prototype Sud Aviation Caravelle that was touring the country arrived from Washington D. The first scheduled turbine airliners were Capital Viscounts in June 1956; the first scheduled jets were Delta DC-8s in September 1959.
In May 1928, Pitcairn Aviation began service to Atlanta, followed in June 1930 by Delta Air Service. government declared it a military airfield and the United States Army Air Forces operated Atlanta Army Airfield jointly with Candler Field.
Later those two airlines, now known as Eastern Air Lines and Delta Air Lines, respectively, would both use Atlanta as their chief hubs. The Air Force used the airport primarily to service many types of transient combat aircraft.
Hartsfield–Jackson is the primary hub of Delta Air Lines, and is a focus city for low-cost carriers Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Spirit Airlines.
With just over 1,000 flights a day to 225 domestic and international destinations, the Delta hub is the world's largest hub.