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FAA chief visits Hartsfield-Jackson, praises projects
By Staff Writers

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt liked what he saw during a December 1 visit to Hartsfield-Jackson, where he was briefed on Airport operations and got a look at some high-profile projects, including the construction site of the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal and the new rental car center.

“I had a wonderful tour of the Airport, and I’m incredibly impressed with the progress and the [foresight] that the management and the team here have,” Babbitt said. “It was wonderful to see that your projects are ahead of schedule and under budget. It’s a testament of how to run a modern airport.”

Hartsfield-Jackson officials also took the opportunity to stress to Babbitt the importance of passenger facility charges (PFCs) in funding projects that improve the Airport’s efficiency and customer service. Several projects under way at Hartsfield-Jackson, including the international terminal, have been funded by PFCs.

“It was an honor to have Administrator Babbitt take the time to witness our operations firsthand,” said Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta. “The visit gave Mr. Babbitt an opportunity to see our passenger facility charge funds at work in the construction of the international terminal, the roadway leading up to the new rental car center and the automated people mover that connects the rental car center and the terminal. All of these PFC-funded projects will enhance the efficiency of Airport operations.”

Airport officials have called for passage of the FAA reauthorization bill to include an increase in PFCs, which would reduce costs to airlines for Airport capital improvement projects and would bolster the investment in future construction. Hartsfield-Jackson would use the funds for projects that would increase capacity, decrease delays and create jobs.

The international terminal has created about 3,000 jobs to date.

Aviation Deputy General Manager Mario Diaz (center) leads a tour of the Airport’s new rental car center during a visit by Doug Murphy, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regional administrator (from left); Randy Babbitt, FAA administrator; and David Weingart, FAA special assistant.



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