Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has unveiled details of a $6 billion, 20-year capital plan that includes modernizing the domestic terminal, building a new concourse and expanding several others, overhauling parking facilities, building a $500 million hotel, and numerous airfield and support facility improvements.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and ATL General Manager Miguel Southwell announced the project – called ATLNext – during the inaugural State of the Airport luncheon held on March 10.
The speakers said that the capital plan will ensure Hartsfield-Jackson maintains its position as one of the most important airports in the world. Among these improvements, the airport plans to construct a new sixth runway, new cargo structures, a new 400-room hotel with travel plaza as well as a new concourse.
Southwell detailed the airport’s long-term strategic priorities, specifically outlining six areas: Safety and Security, Financial Viability, Economic Generation, Environmental Stewardship, Employees and Customer Service.
Southwell pushed for new air service to China, India and other fast-growing economies. He also urged the restoration of service to Israel.
“We have had tremendous growth over the last year, and with our new capital plan, the next 20 years are only going to be more impressive,” Southwell said.
“Not only will these projects be transformational for the airport, but they will enable the needed expansion to accommodate the growing demand we have at Hartsfield-Jackson,” he added.
Investment in ATL is expected to top $6 billion, with nearly $1 billion to be spent in 2017 alone.
CNN anchor/aviation correspondent Richard Quest served as the emcee for the event, during which Ambassador Andrew Young received the Global Leader Award for his decades of civic and philanthropic work, and for helping to expand international routes from Atlanta to developing markets around the globe.
Delta Air Lines received the Global Corporate Leader Award.