Hartsfield Getting $6-Billion, 20-Year Renovation

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport will be well poised to fend off a growing ward of challengers when it completes a massive renovation.

The AJC reported details of the project on Wednesday. First up for the airport is a new parking deck. Work should begin on that this year. 

Hartsfield-Jackson International will soon start work on a $6 billion expansion and makeover that will update the domestic terminal and concourses, introduce new features like a hotel and eventually add another concourse and runway to the world’s busiest airport.

It’s part of a 20-year plan aimed at maintaining Hartsfield-Jackson’s status as a leading airport, replacing aging facilities and enabling growth.

Considering how far away the international concourse is from the domestic concourse, I have no idea where concourse G/-T would go. One of Hartsfield’s advantages over other airports is the linear structure of each concourse instead of separated and far-flung hubs.

Visit the AJC for renderings of the, ahem, interesting architecture that will be on display.

Should you want to hear more about the ambitious plan straight from Mayor Kasim Reed, you are cordially invited to the inaugural State of the Airport address on Thursday. 

 

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Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I think the leading concept is for a new terminal, not a new concourse. The new terminal would be located between the fourth and fifth runways, and there would be a MARTA extension south to this new terminal. Anyone else remember discussion a dozen-fifteen years ago there wouldn’t be a sixth runway if the fifth were constructed? The fifth runway moved noise most wouldn’t want to live with one-half mile south to Forest Pkwy east of the airport. A sixth runway will move the noise line one-quarter mile south to Springdale Road. Note to homeowners—consider getting out now. To the… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Sorry to waste anyone’s time with the first three paragraphs. They were based on the planning that occurred prior to construction of the fifth runway. Today’s AJC indicates a new air cargo terminal at the location of the passenger terminal above, with new Concourse G located east of the Jackson International Terminal. I got the 6th runway location wrong too, it being north of the fifth runway and (as of this plan) not over I-285. Yea for Forest Park residents.

gcp
gcp

A second airport should have been built years ago but because of shortsighted city leaders and Delta, a second airport was not built.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Historically the city’s leaders have wanted no portion of their cash cow to go outside of their jurisdiction. Even Clayton County has only received trickle down money.

gcp
gcp

Yes, however in the seventies the city purchased land in Dawson and Paulding for a possible second airport. Later, the Dawson property was deemed “unsuitable” but the Paulding property was still viable. But then, successive city administrations, some of which were corrupt, deemed that “cash cow” too lucrative to release and now we are left with a constantly expanding airport monster.

Calypso
Calypso

Every time I read $6 BILLION dollars I reflexively think, “That can’t be right, must be a typo”.

SIX BILLION DOLLARS, that’s a bunch of money, especially considering something so vital and so long fought for–the deepening of the Port of Savannah–is slated to cost only 1/10th of that amount.

I have a hard time believing the airport make-over will be worth to the state 10 times what the dredging will be.

DAinGA
DAinGA

Keep in mind that it isn’t just the ATL folks against a second airport. Those wonderful exurb folks don’t want one either. Even with the land owned by the city Dawson and Paulding, they get very NIMBY anytime someone speaks of putting an airport up there. Sure, they like it in theory, until they know it will be close to their house. Heck look at the fight in Lawrenceville over expanding theirs.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I don’t think the state is contributing very much of the $6B,