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Hartsfield-Jackson commercial appears on WSB-TV

Hartsfield-Jackson's first television ad, a 30-second animated spot, appeared on local ABC affiliate WSB-TV in May during key programs, including news broadcasts, "Good Morning America," "Live With Regis and Kelly" and "Oprah." The ad is designed to encourage travelers to "shop, dine, explore" at new concessions locations throughout the Airport.

Watch the commercial by clicking below:


New TSA official joins Hartsfield-Jackson

Mary Leftridge Byrd, the new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) federal security director in Atlanta, met with Department of Aviation staff in mid-May. She also joined Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta for a news conference in the Airport Atrium on May 20 to discuss the busy travel season that began with Memorial Day weekend.

Leftridge Byrd, a Pennsylvania native, received the Criminal Justice Professional of the Year award from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives in 2005. She is joined in Atlanta by Derek Starks, who will serve as TSA deputy federal security director.

New TSA official joins Hartsfield-Jackson

Posing for a photo at a meet-and-greet event on May 13 at Hartsfield-Jackson are Assistant General Manager Jim Drinkard (from left); Derek Starks, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) deputy federal security director; Mary Leftridge Byrd, TSA federal security director; Deputy Assistant General Manager Balram Bheodari; Senior Public Relations Manager John Kennedy; and Assistant General Manager Robert Kennedy.

Rental car center 'topped off' with final concrete pour

Hartsfield-Jackson's new rental car center in May moved one step closer to completion. Workers have finished pouring all of the structural concrete needed for the full-service rental car center. The last bit of structural concrete to be poured completed the south four-story parking garage.

Hartsfield-Jackson officials are turning their attention toward the facility's grand opening in November. Once the center opens, all rental agency operations in the Airport's passenger terminal will close and relocate to the facility. The rental car center will house all customer transaction counters and all rental vehicles.

Take an exclusive, round-trip ride aboard the all-new, elevated train that will connect Hartsfield-Jackson's passenger terminal to the new rental car center, which is set to open in November.

Airport ushers in '100 days of summer'

Despite downturns in travel nationwide, Hartsfield-Jackson was expecting 5 percent more passengers over Memorial Day weekend this year than in 2008, Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta announced at a news conference on May 20.

The Memorial Day holiday is the traditional start of the "100 days of summer," the busiest travel period of the year. DeCosta and Mary Leftridge Byrd, the new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) federal security director in Atlanta, talked about the Airport's readiness to handle the increased number of passengers efficiently, citing improvements in parking, concessions and security screening.

100 days of summer news conference

General Manager Ben DeCosta announces the "100 days of summer" during a May 20 news conference in the Atrium.

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