Hartsfield-Jackson to Offer $2 Million Incentive Program to Stimulate
International Air Cargo and Passenger Growth
Atlanta City Council Approves Five-Year Incentive Program
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport received approval from the Atlanta City Council on Monday to establish an air service incentive program as a way to stimulate international air cargo and passenger growth. The program is projected to cost up to $2 million annually over the next five years.
“With this new incentive program, Hartsfield-Jackson will be better positioned to attract additional passenger and cargo carriers to Atlanta,” said Hartsfield-Jackson Interim General Manager Miguel Southwell. “As the world’s busiest airport, we are continually looking at ways to grow new routes and expand our cargo capacity, and this will certainly boost our global competitiveness.”
The purpose of the program is to stimulate air service, particularly along routes that link Atlanta to cities located in countries that have some of the world’s fastest-growing economies and air cargo traffic. The program comes at a time when air cargo and passenger traffic continues to increase worldwide.
The incentive program, which will begin this summer, will waive landing fees for one year for airlines starting new international routes not already served from Atlanta, as well as match up to 50 percent of promotional funds, capped at $25,000, for new passenger service and provide cargo carriers the opportunity to qualify for a waiver of aircraft parking fees at the Airport’s cargo areas.
Additional waivers and incentives, such as a two-year waiver of landing fees, will be offered to carriers starting service to one of the five major emerging economies—Brazil, Russia, India, China or South Africa—while carriers starting service to Africa, Eastern Europe or Southeast Asia will also receive extra consideration. Total fee waivers and promotional funds will be capped at $2 million a year on a first-come, first-served basis.
The incentive program is primarily designed to develop the Airport as a cargo and logistics hub. Current cargo carriers include: ABX, Air France-KLM, Asiana, British Airways, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, DHL Worldwide Express, Emirates SkyCargo (launched April 2014), EVA, FedEx, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and UPS.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL) is the world’s busiest airport, serving more than 94.4 million passengers annually with nonstop service to more than 150 U.S. destinations and nearly 70 international destinations in more than 45 countries. ATL boasts a direct economic impact of $32.5 billion in metro Atlanta and $68.3 billion in Georgia. The Airport is the largest employer in Georgia, with more than 58,000 employees. The Airport is a frequent recipient of awards of excellence for concessions, operations, architectural engineering and construction – including the 2013 Global Efficiency Excellence Award from the Air Transport Research Society, 2013 Project of the Year, Architectural Category for the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal from the American Association of Airport Executives Southeast chapter and the 2012 Best Airport in North America, Business Travel Award from the Business Traveler Magazine. ATL has completed more than $6 billion worth of capital improvements, including a new, energy-efficient rental car center, a gold LEED-certified international terminal and aesthetic and functional upgrades to its concourses, people movers and parking services. For more information, go to www.atlanta-airport.com. Check out the Airport’s YouTube channel by visiting www.youtube.com/AtlantaHartsfield, follow us on Twitter (@Atlanta_Airport) and become a fan on Facebook (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport).