Hartsfield Jackson Set For $6 Billion Renovation

Aging Atlanta airport to get new look.

Aging Atlanta airport to get glass canopy, upgraded runway, redesigned terminals, luxury hotel.

Hartsfield-Jackson International is known for being the world’s busiest airport. One thing it is not known for is its aesthetic.

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This week, at the inaugural State of The Airport event, the city revealed a 20 year plan over the course of which $6 billion dollars will be spent to give the 36 year-old airport a makeover to help it look like the big league player that it is, reports 11Alive.

Aviation General Manager Jeremy Southwell believes there are many benefits to a more pristine, light-filled airport: “We know a little bit more today than we did 40 years ago about the anxiety associated with traveling and the fact that as you let more light into the building that anxiety is somewhat relieved and that goes directly to our revenues.”

ATLNext created a video which shows off the design of a large arched glass canopy, one planned exterior renovation for the airport. Another is a set of new parking decks.

The decor inside the domestic terminal and concourses will be remodeled to be more similar to the new international terminal. Additionally, the runway will be upgraded and a new luxury hotel will be built.

Renovations are expected to begin within the next 60 days.

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Julia Sirb

Julia studied Urban Planning and Economic Development at GSU's School of Policy Studies. She is interested in the way a city's built environment, policy decisions, and economy work together to shape its culture. When not typing, she's writing calligraphy or looking for the next great shot through the lens of her medium format film camera.
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J. Bond
4 years ago

My greatest concern is the lack of cleanliness and sanitation in the restaurants, restrooms, seating areas and parking lots. The restaurants are not always clean, i.e., tables, floors and back line. The employees do not always use good hand washing techniques. Their uniforms look dirty. The people responsible for cleaning and maintaining the restrooms and seating areas are simply lazy. I heard one maintenance worker training a new worker, “Slow down. We’ve got to make this work last another four hours. Don’t do too much.” I mostly see workers having casual conversations with other workers. Three more points: Security- They… Read more »

J. Bond
4 years ago

I forgot to mention the famous baggage handlers. The traveling public do not trust the integrity of the baggage handlers. If you lucky your bag only gets torn, ripped and generally looks as if its been dragged from DTW to ATL. It insulting to be told the damage perpetrated by baggage handlers is “normal wear and tear.” I’ve noticed while seated on the plane looking at the handlers load luggage how our luggage is thrown on rusty metal carts, then thrown inside the plane. Then there is the probability, not possibility that your luggage will be stolen, late or lost.… Read more »

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