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Airport Employees “Get Fresh” During Cleaning Campaign
By Triphenya Bailey

Every day in the ATL is an opening day – Opening Day Fresh that is, when it comes to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

More than 100 Airport employees representing various airlines and tenants operating at Hartsfield-Jackson, as well as the City of Atlanta Department of Aviation workers, pitched in recently to participate in an airport-wide spring cleaning campaign known as “Opening Day Fresh.”

“We want everyone to take part in this initiative to keep our airport looking opening day fresh,” said Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta, who was joined by AirTran Airways’ Atlanta Station Manager Rick Pelc and Delta Air Lines' Vice President of Customer Service Greg Kennedy during the April 12 kick-off event.

Nine cross-functional teams made up of a dozen or so workers from various work stations and units within the Airport joined forces to ensure their assigned areas were indeed cleaned to “Opening Day Fresh” standards.

“This is pretty impressive,” commented Aviation employee Leslie Putnam, “There’s not a lot to pick up,” as she and her cleaning partners on Team 5 canvassed the spine and food court areas of Concourse B looking for items out of place.

A week after the Airport-wide cleaning campaign kicked off, nearly 75 Delta Air Lines employees participated in their own spring spruce-up version known as “ATL After Dark.” Teams of Delta and Airport employees from the Department of Aviation and AATC joined forces to clean the airline gate areas, aircraft, group rooms and other Airport locations.


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General Manager Ben De Costa (L), AirTran Airways' Atlanta Station Manager Rick Pelc (C) and Delta Airlines' VP of Customer Service Greg Kennedy (R) at
Opening Day Fresh.

DOA employees participate in Opening Day Fresh