Hartsfield-Jackson Begins $6B Improvement Project

Big changes are coming to the ''busiest airport in the world.''
Big changes are coming to the ''busiest airport in the world.''
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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has started “ATLNext,” a 20-year plan for growth.

Among the improvements included in the $6 billion project: a new runway, concourse and hotel.

“We’ll enable the airport to accommodate future passenger growth for years to come,” said airport spokesman Reese McCranie.

One of the first items on the agenda is to modernize the airport’s West Crossover.  That’s the escalator corridor that links Hartsfield-Jackson’s plane train to the baggage claim spots.

Airline analyst Seth Kaplan thinks this is a good move.

“In the end, it sounds like it will be an even better airport, you know for an airport that’s pretty widely regarded around the world as a pretty good one already,” Kaplan said.

Airport officials have already retired the “Spirit of Atlanta,” the 70-foot mural that welcomed passengers to Hartsfield-Jackson.

It will be replaced by a video screen that will feature flight information as well as images of the city.