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21 November ,2008
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For Immediate Release
November 21, 2008

Contact: Andy McDill
(404) 558-8950

Thanksgiving Travelers Will Enjoy Convenience of 32 New and Improved Security Lanes and New Concessions at Hartsfield-Jackson This Holiday

Airport offers customers holiday travel tips to make travel a breeze.

ATLANTA – Millions of travelers are preparing to take to the skies this Thanksgiving. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport expects that the only place they will need to exercise some patience is at their dining room table and not at the world’s busiest airport.

“Hartsfield-Jackson is prepared to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations this holiday season, as we plan to serve up as easy a travel experience as possible,” said Ben DeCosta, Aviation general manager. “We want to be known as the world’s most efficient and welcoming airport. Major investments in improving the security checkpoints, concessions, parking and other customer facilities are making the Airport an even more hassle-free place to travel through and in which to do business.”

Just in time for the holidays, the Airport recently completed a $26 million investment in improving its security checkpoint, including 10 new security lanes, new technology and additional staffing. Up to 32 lanes across three security checkpoints —Terminals North, South and Main —will ensure that customers originating their travel in Atlanta have plenty of options for clearing security screenings with reduced wait times. Additionally, the Airport’s new 1,300 parking spaces in Silver Reserve Lot bring the total number of on-site parking opportunities to more than 30,000 spaces open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

As part of its “retail renaissance,” new concessions and restaurants, like the upscale One Flew South restaurant located on Concourse E and the new Atlanta Magazine’s HOME store in the Atrium, will give customers more options for quality dining and last-minute gift purchases. Airport improvements continue with more than 70 new retail stores opening now through June 2009, as well as an expedited ground transportation system to a centralized rental car facility planned for late 2009.

Additionally, the Atrium will be filled with the sound of music this holiday as it hosts the annual Holiday Music Series for customers November 21-26 from 5 to 7 p.m. The schedule includes:

  • November 21     Orquesta NovaSound     Latin

  • November 24     Monica Hargrave     Classical Harp

  • November 25     Frankie’s Blues Mission     Blues

  • November 26     Apostles of Bluegrass     Bluegrass

More music will be scheduled for the December holiday season.

Hartsfield-Jackson is the world’s busiest airport serving more than 89 million passengers annually housing 34 passenger and 16 cargo airlines. A frequent recipient of awards of excellence for operations, architectural engineering and construction, it is undergoing $6 billion-plus in capital improvements which will include a new energy-efficient car rental facility, a new 12-gate international terminal and aesthetic and functional upgrades to its concourses, people movers and parking services.

Hartsfield-Jackson Offers Holiday Travel Reminders

  • Arrive at the Airport Early: Plan on two hours for domestic travel or three hours for international flights.

  • Know about Parking: More than 30,000 on-site parking spaces are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a week including 1,300 parking spaces in the new Silver Reserve Parking Lot on Terminal South with 24-hour access.

    • More than 40 express-pay stations, located inside the terminal and throughout the on-site parking decks, allow passengers to pay for parking by cash or credit card prior to returning to their vehicle and then exit through a self-service lane. Call 1-877-ATL-PARK for updated availability on all parking lots or leave the driving to MARTA.

  • Check in Early: Many airlines now offer online check-in.

  • Breeze through Security: After checking security wait times at, choose your lane – expert, casual, family or special needs – at any of three security checkpoints at North, South and Main.

  • Remember the 3-1-1 Rule: Liquid-filled containers can be no more than three (3) ounces. Containers must be placed in a one- (1) quart, zip-top bag, and each passenger is only allowed one (1) of those bags to be placed in a security bin for screening.

  • Dress for Security Success: Avoid wearing metal that may set off screening machines. Wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off.

  • Shop: Satisfy your shopping fancy and while away your time between flights by stepping into one of more than 200 Airport concessions like the Atlanta Magazine’s HOME store in the Airport Atrium and the world-renowned duty free store Aldessa on Concourse E.

  • Eat: Visit one of more than 80 restaurants and eateries located throughout the Airport, including one-of-a-kind eateries such as the Juke Joint on Concourse D, Sojourners on D and E, Phillips Seafood on D or the newest fine-dining experience of One Flew South on E. Health-conscious travelers looking for a restaurant with healthy choice menu items should check out Bistro del Sol in the Atrium.