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Old September 25th, 2011, 02:04 AM   #41
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Atlanta Business News 1:13 p.m. Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hola Cuba: Delta to launch Atlanta to Havana charter flights

By David Ibata
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution



Delta Air Lines’ first flights in recent memory from Atlanta to Havana are scheduled to begin Dec. 7, a charter operator licensed to arrange travel to Cuba announced Wednesday.

The charter flights would operate Wednesdays using Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 158 seats, including 16 first-class seats, the Marazul charter and travel agency said in a news release. But not just anyone can just walk up to a ticket counter at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and book a flight: Only people whose travel falls under certain categories can be authorized to travel to Cuba, Marazul says on its website.

The agency also said that the Marazul-Delta partnership on Sunday, Nov. 6 would begin weekly flights to Havana from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Additionally, Marazul-Delta on Oct. 1 will start flying Miami to Havana three times a week, on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. There also will be two weekly Miami-to-Camaguey flights, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Hartsfield-Jackson in March announced that it had received federal approval to serve as a port of entry for charter flights restricted to those with "purposeful travel" to and from Cuba. At the time, Delta said it was already licensed to operate charter flights to Cuba and expected to begin nonstop charter flights from Atlanta to Cuba later this year. The Atlanta airport was approved by U.S. Customs and Border Protection as one of several new U.S. gateways to Cuba. The move allows charter flights for passengers with close relatives in Cuba, for those who are involved in the medical or agricultural business sectors, or for education or religious activities.

Other airports that already had the authority included Los Angeles, New York’s JFK and Miami. Along with Atlanta, seven more airports were newly authorized for flights to Cuba, including Baltimore/Washington International, Dallas/Fort Worth, New Orleans, Chicago O'Hare, Pittsburgh, Tampa and San Juan. The new approvals came after President Barack Obama decided to ease restrictions on flights to and from Cuba and allow eligible airports to seek approval for flights to or from Cuba. The administration began allowing Cuban-Americans to make unlimited family visits in 2009.

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Old September 30th, 2011, 11:42 PM   #42
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Atlanta airport's ‘new front door' to open in spring

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The Atlanta airport’s new $1.4 billion international terminal, which will change the way some travelers use the sprawling complex, is entering the final stretch of construction after a long and bumpy journey. Now set to open next spring -- six years after the initial target date -- the terminal will create “a new front door to the airport,” said Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Louis Miller, by offering an access point on the east side, off I-75.

The terminal is mainly designed for passengers using the adjacent international gate concourses. One of its most-touted features: it will bring an end to the cumbersome baggage process now required of Atlanta-bound international travelers. If flying with checked luggage, they must recheck it after clearing customs, then pick it up again after taking the airport train to the distant main terminal. At the same time, one task for airport officials is making sure local travelers and regular visitors, long used to coming and going from one terminal for all flights, don’t end up in the wrong place.

In addition to the terminal itself, the project includes a new Concourse F with 12 more gates for international flights, enabling main tenant Delta Air Lines and other carriers to grow overseas schedules. Work is about 75 percent complete. The massive project represents the biggest expansion of passenger facilities at Hartsfield-Jackson since the completion of international Concourse E in 1994. It also brings a dose of flash -- at least in comparison to the boxy main terminal -- with an exterior marked by curved lines and glass walls. Inside, the centerpiece is an atrium filled with natural light.

Miller said airport managers are keenly aware of the need to avoid undue confusion about who can use which terminal. “The challenge we’re going to face,” Miller said, “is educating the public on the different entrances for the airport.” Coming from downtown, domestic travelers will be advised to still take I-85 south to the main terminal as they do now. International travelers will need to take I-75 for the international terminal. The airport plans to spend $10 million for new highway and road signs to make the different paths clear“It’s the first time in our history to have two entrances” to the airport, said Holden Shannon, senior vice president of corporate strategy and real estate at Delta Air Lines, the airport’s biggest carrier. “It also poses some risks that passengers won’t go to the correct terminal.”

Passengers can check-in with Delta at either terminal, no matter what type of flight they are taking, and some domestic passengers with carry-ons only may find the I-75 access handier. But those checking bags or parking will want to be at the same side of the airport where their bags will arrive and where their car is parked. Some services such as MARTA, remain accessible only from the main terminal. So the airport will have a free shuttle bus connecting the international terminal, the rental car center, the domestic terminal and MARTA. It also will ferry any passengers who, for whatever reason, wind up on the wrong end of the airport and need to get to the other terminal.

Less dramatic design features of the new terminal include 14 close-in parking spaces for alternative fuel vehicles and a 25,000-cubic-foot box to collect rainwater from the roof and filter it before releasing it back into groundwater. The terminal will include $5 million worth of art, part of a public art master plan that calls for setting aside 1 percent of certain monies including airport construction funds for art. The artwork will include a hanging piece of thousands of internally lit Swarovski crystals; a hanging sculpture that moves to resemble aircraft contrails; and a painted acrylic and glass panel installation. In addition to a new Delta Sky Club on Concourse F, the airport plans to offer sleep units and a lounge open for a fee to travelers on any airline. Shannon said the new Concourse F will enable Delta to put all international departures on one of the two international concourses, and that tarmac wait times for arriving international flights will be “virtually eliminated” because more gates will be available.

The concept of a separate international terminal dates to construction of Concourse E, which was always envisioned as tying into a separate entry point. Airport management began planning the project more than 10 years ago, when Hartsfield was forecast to handle about 121 million passengers by 2015. Since then, airline financial struggles and an economic meltdown intervened. The passenger count was 89 million last year, still 1 million off the 2008 peak, and forecasts are for about 102 million by 2015.

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Old October 2nd, 2011, 06:01 AM   #43
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What do they mean by spring? I might fly to Atlanta in May. Will new terminal be open by then?
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Old October 6th, 2011, 05:15 PM   #45
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Nice and I agree, the exterior of Hartsfield 1980's terminals need to be recladed to something more inspiring and modern.
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Old October 11th, 2011, 08:49 PM   #46
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What do they mean by spring? I might fly to Atlanta in May. Will new terminal be open by then?
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Old October 26th, 2011, 11:25 PM   #47
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Work progressing at the new International Terminal: http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/n...=image_gallery

















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The new Maynard Jackson International Terminal currently exists as only half a wing with 12 gates. It looks like it is expandable to a buildout with 24 gates with an additional wing to the north, but that is not currently feasible since the western portion of the Delta Airlines TechOps Center may have to be removed to accommodate such an extension.
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Old January 11th, 2012, 07:07 PM   #51
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Further improvements of ATL includes 500ft extension of 27R and twys Lima and Mike.
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Old February 12th, 2012, 10:26 PM   #52
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Atlanta Business News 11:43 a.m. Sunday, February 12, 2012
Southwest Airlines launches service in Atlanta



By Kelly Yamanouchi

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Southwest Airlines' first flights from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport took off Sunday, with some local travelers giving the carrier a try for the first time to see how it compares with longtime Atlanta carriers Delta Air Lines and AirTran Airways.

Dallas-based Southwest, which acquired AirTran last year in part to gain access to the Atlanta market, launched service from Hartsfield-Jackson to Austin, Baltimore/Washington, Denver, Houston Hobby and Chicago Midway, with a total of 15 daily flights.

The initial flights out of Atlanta were on 137-seat Boeing 737-700s that left only partially full. The first three flights each left with fewer than 50 passengers. Southwest officials pointed to this time of year being a slower period for travel, along with the nature of starting new service.

Even without full flights, passengers were greeted by enthusiastic Southwest employees clad in yellow shirts reading "Atlanta at Last" who offered refreshments, prizes and gift bags -- along with tutorials on Southwest's unconventional boarding process and open-seating system. Southwest, the nation's largest low-cost carrier, has all-coach class planes and no assigned seats. It also allows two free checked bags.

Julie Boston, a Southwest customer services manager, said staff would be on hand at Southwest gates at Hartsfield-Jackson for the next few weeks to explain how the boarding system works and answer passengers' questions.

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Does anyone know something more about opening of the new terminal? On the airport website they say:

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The international terminal will open in spring 2012. A date for the opening will be set and announced after the new year.
Well, it is way "after the new year" if you ask me.
Do you guys have any access to some insiders who know more?

I'm asking because I fly to Atlanta on May 7th. It would be nice to test the new terminal. So far my ticket says Terminal S but I guess if the new terminal opens my flight would be transferred into it.
Does anyone knows how it works with opening of new terminals? When do they start selling tickets which officially state landing on such?
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Maybe they should have waited for a better time to launch the flights. Maybe their plan will back fire.
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Well, it is way "after the new year" if you ask me.
Do you guys have any access to some insiders who know more?

I'm asking because I fly to Atlanta on May 7th. It would be nice to test the new terminal. So far my ticket says Terminal S but I guess if the new terminal opens my flight would be transferred into it.
Does anyone knows how it works with opening of new terminals? When do they start selling tickets which officially state landing on such?
Bad news on two fronts: There's been a legal filing against opening the new terminal this past week but besides whatever happens with that, it will open on May 16. The interior is largely finished but baggage systems and other items need to be shaken out before it opens. As for your ticket, it's really up to the particular airline whether they will be ready to board or depart passengers out of a new terminal. Given the advanced readiness of the MJI terminal, I would expect all relevant airlines to be operating out of there at opening.


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The Atlanta airport hopes to open its new international terminal May 16, but the milestone could be delayed or marred if a judge grants an injunction blocking restaurant deals, an attorney for the city of Atlanta argued Thursday.

A delayed opening or an opening without concessions up and running would be “an international black eye that could take decades to overcome,” said Mark Trigg, an attorney with Greenberg Traurig who represented the city in Fulton County Superior court.

Beyond image damage, the city’s ability to replay debt may be compromised and Delta Air Lines and other carriers would also be affected, according to Trigg.

Four companies that did not win restaurant contracts — SSP America Inc., Midfield Concessions, Atlanta Airport Restaurants and Take-Off Concessions — want an injunction to prevent the city from executing contracts until their claims are resolved.

Those firms last week filed administrative appeals. Hearing officer George Maynard is expected to schedule hearings between late March and mid-April.

Some of the contracts are for locations at the new international terminal but others are for locations in the existing airport. Attorney Mike Bowers said his client, Midfield Concessions, is seeking a contract only in the existing airport space, so an injunction would not affect the terminal’s opening.

A city spokeswoman said the opening date hasn’t been officially set.
Can you believe this crap? Over restaurants?
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Yes, without lawsuits and endless delays it wouldn't be America.
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Bad news on two fronts: There's been a legal filing against opening the new terminal this past week but besides whatever happens with that, it will open on May 16. The interior is largely finished but baggage systems and other items need to be shaken out before it opens. As for your ticket, it's really up to the particular airline whether they will be ready to board or depart passengers out of a new terminal. Given the advanced readiness of the MJI terminal, I would expect all relevant airlines to be operating out of there at opening.


Airport: legal fight threatens terminal opening



Can you believe this crap? Over restaurants?
Thanks. If it opens on the 16th then I will use it on my way back, May 21st
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Yes, without lawsuits and endless delays it wouldn't be America.
Sometimes shit works out:

Court Ruling Keeps Terminal On Track

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A Fulton County Superior Court judge denied a request for an injunction by concessionaires seeking to block the city of Atlanta from signing airport concessions deals.




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Thanks. If it opens on the 16th then I will use it on my way back, May 21st
Cool! Let us know how things went!
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Hartsfield-Jackson begins planning for next 20 years
Friday, March 9, 2012


By Kelly Yamanouchi
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport officials are working on a new blueprint for development for the next 20 years.

It will be the first update of the airport's master plan since 1999. Among projects on the table: a new gate complex and a sixth runway, airport general manager Louis Miller has said.

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The opening of the fifth runway in 2006 and construction of a new international terminal opening this spring have dominated the airport's to-do list in recent years. But planners have long projected an eventual need for an additional domestic gate complex south of the existing concourses, as well as a sixth runway to boost capacity.

After a drop during the economic downturn, Hartsfield-Jackson set a new record of 92.4 million passengers using the airport in 2011, and it is expected to grow faster than average for decades to come, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The meeting with the ARC committee was one of a series the airport is holding with groups to solicit input on the scope of the master plan update, which is expected to take 18 to 24 months. The airport plans to eventually hold public meetings. Chicago-based aviation consulting firm Ricondo & Associates is working on the master plan update with the airport, on a contract worth up to $3 million for the first year.

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