Business

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Experiences Growth In Revenue, Jobs

The departure board indicates hundreds of canceled Delta Air Lines flights into and out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in advance of an ice storm expected to hit the metro Atlanta area later Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 in Atlanta. The city dodged the first punch of a dangerous winter storm Tuesday, but forecasters warned of a potentially "catastrophic" second blow in a thick layer of ice that threatened to bring hundreds of thousands of power outages and leave people in their cold, dark homes for days.  (AP Photo/David Tulis)
The departure board indicates hundreds of canceled Delta Air Lines flights into and out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in advance of an ice storm expected to hit the metro Atlanta area later Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 in Atlanta. The city dodged the first punch of a dangerous winter storm Tuesday, but forecasters warned of a potentially "catastrophic" second blow in a thick layer of ice that threatened to bring hundreds of thousands of power outages and leave people in their cold, dark homes for days. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
Credit David Tulis / Associated Press
'Add to My List' icon 'Added to My List' icon Add to My List In My List

In the past four years, Atlanta’s airport has seen a boost in revenue and a growing number of jobs. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed touted the increases today during the release of a 2013 economic impact study released by the airport.

Mayor Reed said last year, Hartsfield-Jackson International generated more than $34 billion in direct business revenue to metro Atlanta. That includes money from airlines, concessions and local hotels. And Reed said it’s about $2 billion more than in 2009, the last time this type of study was released.

“More than ever before, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is literally driving our economy.”

Airport officials say the increase was partially fueled by a rise in domestic passengers on Delta airline flights. Officials say Delta’s higher passenger volume offset passenger decreases by other airlines. There was also a rise in international travelers.

Also according to the report, Reed said the number of airport jobs and those that depend on it grew by more than three percent.

“That means that the airport supports one out of every seven jobs in our region.”

The increases also come after the opening of an international terminal and nearly 150 new airport concessions.