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Old March 14th, 2012, 01:32 PM   #61
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I hope they will open on time for me to use it. I also hope there won't be problems and glitches like with T5 opening at Heathrow
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 07:20 PM   #62
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Terminal's finishing touches

Atlanta Hartsfield has put out the cattle call for 2,000 volunteers to test the new International Terminal out.









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Concourse F of the new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal is seen at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on 22 March 2012. The 1.2 million-square-foot terminal is scheduled to open 16 May 2012. The facility connects with the existing international concourse, creating a 40-gate complex. The international terminal will eliminate the need for Atlanta-bound passengers to recheck their baggage.

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Old March 29th, 2012, 02:14 AM   #63
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Hartsfield-Jackson remains No. 1 airport
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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ByKelly Yamanouchi
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport remains the world's busiest airport, according to the latest global ranking of airport traffic. But No. 2 Beijing is gaining ground. Atlanta's airport, the world's busiest since 1998, handled 92.4 million passengers in 2011, up 3.4 percent year-over-year.

But according to figures released by Airports Council International, Beijing Capital International Airport saw a 4.7 percent increase to 77.4 million passengers, slightly narrowing Atlanta's lead. Beijing could eventually become the world's busiest airport, but the 2011 figures make clear that time is not soon.

London Heathrow came in at No. 3, with 69.4 million passengers, followed by Chicago O'Hare with 66.6 million passengers.

Atlanta did not make the top 30 airports list for air cargo traffic. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has made increasing air cargo traffic a priority since he campaigned for mayor.

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Old May 5th, 2012, 07:34 AM   #64
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After that whirlwind of a simulation [test passenger run] on Wednesday morning, we've had a little time to gather our thoughts on the extension to Hartsfield's brand-new Maynard T. Jackson International Terminal, designed by a partnership between the Atlanta office of large-scale corporate-blah specialists Gresham, Smith & Partners and the Duckett Design Group of East Point.

It's the top level, a grand and continuous space that begins with the impressive departures hall, narrows at an eight-lane security checkpoint, and expands again as Concourse F, that is most successful.

The expanses of windows (offering panoramic views of the airport's runways), highly reflective marble floors, and soaring height of the main corridor combine to be just enough to distract you from obtrusive columns, a bare and uninspired atrium, and tacky Swaroski crystal hanging sculptures. At each gate, chairs (that remind us of Cat's Cradle turning into Eiffel Tower) are arranged into friendly clusters. The designers have achieved a refined version of the cluttered 'airport hanger' feel of Hartsfield's domestic concourses; in it's proportions, Concourse F more closely resembles the scale (and easy circulation) of major European airports.

Yet, upon arrival, passengers are immediately swept down into the cavernous depths of the spaces that support the Border Control process and baggage collection processes. It's suddenly all tight turns and florescent light; the spaces already feel old, stuffy, and unplanned. The stretches of undulating ceiling tiles, which the architects used to cap each of the terminal's large spaces even underground, do not do enough to make the structure feel as dynamic as a modern transportation hub should.

In all, considering both the track record of municipal design in Atlanta and the sheer size, cost, and political complexity of airport construction, this design feels something like progress. Maybe not $1.4 billion worth, but we'll take it — especially if it means edging out Beijing for a few more years.
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Old May 8th, 2012, 09:10 AM   #65
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Atlanta Business News 5:00 a.m. Sunday, May 6, 2012

Airport Projects Abound
As international terminal prepares for debut, other changes already in sight

By Kelly Yamanouchi
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson International begins a new era with the opening of its international terminal a week from Wednesday, but it’s hardly the final expansion planned for the world’s busiest airport. A wide range of other airport improvements and expansions are under way, being planned or still possible. They include a revamp of roads leading to the main terminal, a runway extension and concourse expansions, as well as the possibility of a sixth runway and a new south gate complex. “We’re building for the future,” Hartsfield-Jackson General Manager Louis Miller said.

The airport’s biggest tenant, Delta Air Lines, also is looking ahead. CEO Richard Anderson said last week the airport could also expand by adding Concourses G and H, with Delta moving its hangars in that area to former Ford plant land the airport acquired last year. That is only an idea at this point, but many projects under way or planned are already part of the airport’s more than $6 billion capital improvement plan, laid out after a 1999 update of its master plan. The plan gave rise to a fifth runway and the international terminal, along with other major additions like the rental car center.

Airport officials recently started a new effort to update the master plan to examine what projects should be planned for the future — its first such review in 12 years. In the background is the nagging question of a second airport. There’s none in the plans for the near future, but the idea seems never to go away entirely, perhaps because Atlanta is one of the few major American cities with only one commercial airport. A study funded in part by the Federal Aviation Administration concluded last year that there are no feasible sites for a second airport.

Unless that changes, the focus will be back on expanding Hartsfield-Jackson. The airport, on a 4,700-acre plot bordered by the cities of Atlanta, College Park, Hapeville, East Point and Forest Park and by Fulton and Clayton counties, still has some available space and some facilities that could be moved. Of projects already in the works, among the most noticeable will be the makeover of the approach roads to the main terminal. The aim is to eliminate “problematic lane changes” and other complications of the maze-like tangle of roads, the airport says. Work starts this summer and will be done in about two years.

The airport also is working toward an expansion of the centers of Concourses C and D to enlarge those claustrophobic areas and allow room for additional restaurants or shops. Also planned is a modernization of the airport’s aging escalators and elevators. A $45.5 million, 500-foot extension of one of the airport’s five runways is under way, to allow enough room for large jets to take off with a full load when hot temperatures during the summer decrease air density and make it more difficult to get off the ground.

And Hartsfield-Jackson is close to finalizing a contract for modifications to gates on Concourse E and taxiway widening to accommodate the world’s largest passenger airplane, the Airbus A380, part of some $30 million in improvements to prepare for the super-jumbo jet. Korean Air plans to begin flying the A380 on its Atlanta-Seoul route starting Jan. 13, 2013. “It’s a very dynamic, ever-changing place,” said Nick Parker, who is working on the master plan at Hartsfield-Jackson.

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Old May 16th, 2012, 09:57 AM   #66
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New terminal opens today!

Concern Over Accessing New Terminal

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After spending $1.4 billion to build an international terminal, one of the biggest concerns Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport officials have is whether international travelers will be able to find such a large building.

That's what has Balram Bheodari nervous. After two years heading up the international terminal activation team to prepare for the facility's opening Wednesday, Bheodari is worried about the shrouded highway signs across metro Atlanta, waiting for their overnight unveiling to direct travelers.

That's because the 1.2-million-square-foot Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal is on the east side of the airport, which means its entrance for all passengers boarding international flights in Atlanta is off I-75 instead of I-85, which domestic travelers will continue to use to get to the main terminal. That could affect roughly 5,000 people who daily begin their trips to foreign lands in Atlanta and would depart from the international terminal.

The risk is that rushed travelers head the wrong way and end up at a terminal where they can't check in for their flights. That could sully what airport officials hope will be a triumphant opening of the shiny new building that was still undergoing its finishing touches Monday.

So the highly orchestrated big unveiling of the highway signs is key. The plan, in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Transportation, is for as many as 40 workers to toil from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. to uncover the signs in 100 locations. They will work in "rolling roadblocks," closing lanes to allow trucks and booms to change the signs, Bheodari said.

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Old May 27th, 2012, 09:41 AM   #67
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ATL International Terminal

Shots taken May 5 during opn house before terminal opened.

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Old May 27th, 2012, 06:26 PM   #68
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let me tell you- most Delta flight attendants don't look like her =)
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Old June 14th, 2012, 01:49 AM   #69
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Anyone take a stop at the cell phone lot?
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Old July 8th, 2012, 11:10 AM   #70
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Hartsfield-Jackson upgrades escalators, elevators, moving walkways



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Thursday, July 5, 2012

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Frequent travelers at Atlanta's airport are familiar with the dread of seeing an escalator closed for repair, then heading for a slow, luggage-laden trudge up a set of stairs with dozens of other weary passengers.

They may be heartened to learn that the airport is in the midst of a $51.4 million upgrade of aging escalators, elevators and moving walkways.

Some of Hartsfield-Jackson International's escalators and elevators date to 1979, installed for the terminal's opening the next year. They have now "reached the end of their reliable service life," according to airport officials. They said the rehab work is needed to avoid the "ever increasing potential" that breakdowns could inconvenience passengers and disrupt operations at the world's busiest airport.

As the oldest escalators and elevators turned 30 in 2009, a survey of the airport's equipment, including more than 100 escalators, 106 elevators and 28 moving walkways, found that repair downtime was rising. The oldest escalators needed work or repairs three times more often than newer units.

Airport officials this month got Atlanta City Council approval for an agreement with the Atlanta Airlines Terminal Corp. worth up to $38 million to cover the third and final phase of upgrades. A total of 38 escalators, 45 elevators and 16 moving walkways will be upgraded, most of them from 1979. The project is being funded through airline-backed bonds.

The work is expected to take until August 2016 to complete.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 10:37 AM   #71
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Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport had a record 95.5 million passengers pass through the facility in 2012, keeping it the world’s busiest for the 15th year in a row, according to airport officials. The 2012 passenger count was up from 92.4 million passengers in 2011, an increase of about 3.4 percent.

Beijing Capital International Airport was the second busiest with a reported 81.8 million passengers in 2012, up 4.2 percent. Many expect that with China’s growing economy, Beijing will eventually surpass Atlanta.

But the Beijing airport’s traffic has slowed from past rates of 6.4 percent in 2011 and 13.1 percent in 2010, according to Airports Council International figures. The airports group releases its rankings later in the year.

Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Louis Miller pointed to the airport’s appealing amenities and services and said in a writtne statement the city of Atlanta “has established itself as an attractive environment in which to do business.”
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Old February 6th, 2013, 10:41 AM   #72
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After a delay in its plans, Korean Air now says it will fly its A380 super jumbo jet to Atlanta starting in August.

The carrier had previously planned to start flying the 407-seat Airbus A380 on its Atlanta-Seoul route early this month. But last year those plans got delayed, and Korean Air now says August is the best time to launch the A380 in Atlanta.

Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Louis Miller has said the A380 would “enhance Atlanta’s reputation as a world-class city and gateway to the United States.” The airport is spending about $30 million on improvements to prepare for the A380, including gate modifications to serve the double-decker jet on Concourse E and widening of taxiways and runways.

Korean Air, a partner of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, first launched flights to Atlanta in December 1994. It already flies the A380 to Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong and Frankfurt.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 11:52 AM   #73
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Awesome.This airport can handled many many people in this year.
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Atlanta, Georgia's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport topped the list for dining and amenities in a new survey

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How much of the traffic going through Atlanta Airport is transit passengers, and how much is people actually entering/departing from the city of Atlanta?

I was looking at the airport on Google Maps and noticed they only had 1 metro station. Considering 95m people use the airport, 1 station wouldn't really be enough (just look at LHR with 5 or 6 stations) so I'm going to guess the vast majority of airport users are just transiting through.
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How much of the traffic going through Atlanta Airport is transit passengers, and how much is people actually entering/departing from the city of Atlanta?

I was looking at the airport on Google Maps and noticed they only had 1 metro station. Considering 95m people use the airport, 1 station wouldn't really be enough (just look at LHR with 5 or 6 stations) so I'm going to guess the vast majority of airport users are just transiting through.
Yepp, the wast majority is transit. No-one goes to Atlanta if they don't have to.
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Delta has a lot of express flights in and out of atlanta. However delta is upgrading some flights and introducing new flights. Hopefully we see more 717s flying on express routes. Great to see another record breaking year! When do you think ATL will pass the 100m mark?
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It's kind of a shame that the biggest airport in the US is... well Atlanta.

I wish Miami would build a new airport combining MIA & FLL and make it as good as Sochi and the new intl hub of the eastern US.

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Yepp, the wast majority is transit. No-one goes to Atlanta if they don't have to.

The only time I've ever been to Atlanta was for transit (D.C.-ATL-WPB and DEN-ATL-WPB).
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How much of the traffic going through Atlanta Airport is transit passengers, and how much is people actually entering/departing from the city of Atlanta?

I was looking at the airport on Google Maps and noticed they only had 1 metro station. Considering 95m people use the airport, 1 station wouldn't really be enough (just look at LHR with 5 or 6 stations) so I'm going to guess the vast majority of airport users are just transiting through.
Roughly fifty-seven percent of the airport users are just transit passengers, however Atlanta itself has a very large corporate/business presence so there is a lot of O&D traffic as well.

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It's kind of a shame that the biggest airport in the US is... well Atlanta.

I wish Miami would build a new airport combining MIA & FLL and make it as good as Sochi and the new intl hub of the western US.
You mean Southern/Southeastern US correct?

Anyways it would not make a difference because Miami and South Florida in general is too far south to serve most of the other US destinations effectively compared with Atlanta, Houston, or Dallas. Atlanta's closer proximity to other US cities is the reason why it is world's busiest airport.

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