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Media highlight Airport’s success
By A.B. Snedeker

As the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson has no trouble staying in the news. However, getting media coverage of all the great things happening at the Airport is not always as easy.

Yet, recent achievements - such as the security checkpoint expansion and the ongoing retail renaissance - garnered favorable coverage in February from Atlanta’s leading media outlets and national news organizations.

“Those snaking, hour-long security lines that for years have infuriated passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport might be a thing of the past,” began an Atlanta Journal-Constitution front-page article on February 10. The article and another published February 16 on USA Today’s Web site detail how wait times have decreased during the $26 million security checkpoint expansion’s first 100 days of service. The topic also was featured on Atlanta’s NBC affiliate, WXIA-TV.

A February 23 article in the AJC chronicled another success story at the Airport. This time the topic was Hartsfield-Jackson’s efforts to address homeless individuals who seek shelter at the Airport. According to the article, “… more homeless are getting the help they need, rather than a night in jail …” in large part because of the Airport’s new Homeless Outreach Prevention Emergency Services (HOPE) team. The group, now called the Crisis Intervention Team and led by the Atlanta Police Department, was formed to connect the homeless and others in need with community services.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle also had positive coverage of the Airport in February. Its February 25 story on the Airport’s new concessions program and the opening of 13 retail stores was picked up nationally by affiliated papers in cities such as Tampa and Minneapolis. Also covered by the AJC and several retail trade publications, the new stores are part of Hartsfield-Jackson’s ongoing retail renaissance, which will bring more than 70 new stores to the Airport.

 

 

 



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