Atlanta Airport Master Plan Envisions New Runway and Gates

By Paul Riegler on 2 September 2014
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Aircraft and jet bridges at Atlanta's airport

Aircraft and jet bridges at Atlanta’s airport

Officials at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport unveiled plans to renovate existing terminals and build new parking garages last week.

The proposed master plan is intended to serve as a blueprint for the airport through 2030 and includes a sixth runway and additional concourses and gates. The plan, which is a work in progress, was the topic of discussion at an Atlanta city council transportation committee meeting last Wednesday. A public meeting is slated to be held September 18.

If the plan is implemented as is, it will involve the relocation of numerous facilities including several hotels, Delta’s cargo operations, and some parking areas.

The plan “will define the Airport’s short- and long-term development needs in order to continue providing the best possible service to metro Atlanta and all our customers throughout the world,” the airport said in a statement on its website.

The plan is likely to evolve over the coming years and the eventual construction will be funded by passenger facility charges, landing fees, and concession fees, among other sources.

Atlanta’s last master plan, which dates back to 1999, included a new, fifth runway, a new rental-car complex, and a new international terminal, when presented. All were built in subsequent years.

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