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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport — that name evokes fond memories in the minds of some travelers, while it conjures up thoughts of hatred and disdain in others. The long-time hub of Delta Air Lines, and in many years the world’s busiest airport, is about to get a facelift.
Currently, the airport handles more than 96 million passengers and 800,000-plus aircraft operations annually.
So far, the city has put out a request for proposal (RFP), the first step in finding a firm to design and build out the renovation. As such, these renderings are simply concepts of what the airport could look like, and are by no means final. The renovation is expected to cost the city about $430 million, and the airport expects to fund the project through commercial financing, bond issuances and the $4.50 passenger facility charge that flyers pay.
Hartsfield-Jackson is organized into 7 concourses, connected by the Plane Train to the domestic terminal and international terminal, which houses check-in counters and baggage claim areas. Delta, the hometown airline, stands to benefit the most from this renovation, as it utilizes every concourse. Southwest has also been trying to grow its presence in Atlanta, as evidenced by their recent companion pass offer targeted at Atlanta residents.
Among the areas under consideration for renovation are the domestic terminal, which houses check-in areas, ground transportation and baggage claim, and concourses T, A, B, C and D. International concourse F, which cost $1.4 billion, was very recently opened in May 2012, while concourse E isn’t slated to see any improvements at the moment.
From the renderings, it certainly seems like the plans are inspired by the newly opened international terminal F, with gently curved lines and open spaces. In addition to the landside terminal renovations and the concourse improvements, Hartsfield-Jackson is looking to replace about half of the airport’s jet bridges.
The underground tunnels that connect each of the concourses and the two terminals and run alongside the Plane Train will also be updated, along with the main atrium.
There’s currently no timeline for completion, but the airport has assured travelers that flights will not be impacted throughout the renovation process.
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