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.
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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