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Hartsfield-Jackson still world’s busiest

Hartsfield-Jackson remains the world’s busiest airport both in passengers and in total operations (takeoffs and landings), according to the Airports Council International’s recently released data for 2009. The Airport previously had been confirmed as the nation’s busiest by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Hartsfield-Jackson served more than 88 million passengers in 2009, well ahead of the No. 2 airport, London’s Heathrow Airport, with more than 66 million. Hartsfield-Jackson had more than 970,000 takeoffs and landings in 2009; the next-highest total was nearly 828,000 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Airport Revenue News honors Hartsfield-Jackson, DeCosta

Hartsfield-Jackson received the 2010 Airport With the Best Concessions Program Design award for the large airport division from Airport Revenue News at the organization’s 2010 annual conference and exhibition in Houston.

Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta also was honored with the Distinguished Service Award “for his many years of dedicated service to the airport industry,” said Pauline Armbrust, president and CEO of Airport Revenue News.

Hartsfield-Jackson’s concessions program — which brought more than 80 new stores, including Ermenegildo Zegna, to the Airport — was honored by Airport Revenue News.

Air Cargo World honors Hartsfield-Jackson

Hartsfield-Jackson has received Air Cargo World magazine’s Award of Excellence for North American cargo operations in its category (airports that handle 500,000 to 999,999 tons per year) for the second straight year.

Cargo airlines vote on the Air Cargo Excellence awards, which take into consideration airports’ performance, value, facilities and operations. Hartsfield-Jackson is regarded as an attractive cargo hub because of its efficiency, low operating costs and lack of curfews.

Rotary Club honors officer for lifesaving act

Atlanta Police Officer Antonio Gonzalez was honored by the Atlanta Airport Rotary Club on February 26 for saving two lives.

Gonzalez was driving home from work at the Airport on I-75 north on September 23 when he came upon a traffic accident that involved a sport utility vehicle (SUV) in the center lane. With traffic racing by on both sides and the vehicle beginning to smoke, Gonzalez pulled out the driver and passenger, who were disoriented and almost unresponsive to his questions.

Both were transported by ambulance to Grady Memorial Hospital and treated.

Atlanta Police Maj. E. Renee Propes was with Officer Antonio Gonzalez when he was honored by the Atlanta Airport Rotary Club.

Rental car center wins development award

Hartsfield-Jackson was honored with the Community Catalyst Award at the eighth annual South Metro Development Outlook Conference on January 26 at Clayton State University. The award recognized the Airport’s successful completion of the rental car center, which opened in December.

Shelley Lamar, planning manager for land use and community development, accepted the award. She noted that the project required “a huge amount of collaboration and cooperation” with the City of College Park, the Federal Aviation Administration, rental car companies and other partners.

More than 500 people attended the 2010 conference, hosted by The Collaborative Firm. The annual event brings together financial, industry and government professionals from Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Henry, south Fulton and Spalding counties to discuss smart growth in south metro Atlanta.

Shelley Lamar accepts the Community Catalyst Award on behalf of Hartsfield-Jackson. Among those attending the conference were Michael Hightower (from left), managing partner of The Collaborative Firm; Larry Vincent, chairman of the Clayton County Development Authority; Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; College Park Mayor Jack Longino; College Park Councilman Ambrose Clay; and Clayton County Commissioner Michael Edmondson.

Airport employee earns prestigious designation

Theodore Kitchens, senior planning manager for passenger and support facilities in the Planning and Development unit, recently completed the Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) program.

To earn the credential, Kitchens went through a three-part process: taking an exam of 180 multiple-choice questions; writing a paper; and answering interview questions about the main areas of airport management.

Kitchens’ paper was titled “The Feasibility of Implementing Transportation Demand Management Strategies to Reduce Peak-Hour Congestion at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida.”

Theodore Kitchens recently earned the Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) designation.

Airport honors women’s history — and future

In honor of Women’s History Month, Hartsfield-Jackson celebrated women’s achievements in several fields — including aviation, banking, trade and tourism, media and transportation — during three luncheons designed to inspire young female students to “dare to dream.”

The luncheon and leadership programs on March 26, 29 and 31 connected students from Clayton State University, North Clayton High School and Bethune Elementary School with outstanding businesswomen. Among the speakers were Jane Hayse, Transportation Planning Division chief, Atlanta Regional Commission; Shirley Mitchell, senior vice president–Georgia market manager, Bank of America; Karlene Barron, director of communications, Georgia Department of Transportation; Kelly Smith, Aviation chief scheduler, Department of Aviation; Candace Byrd, chief of staff, City of Atlanta; Keisha Hines, director of public relations and communications, Zoo Atlanta; Euniqué Jarmon, director of airport affairs, City of College Park; Rose Scott, producer/reporter, WABE; Nelvette Easterling, police major, MARTA; and Justine Boyd, chief executive officer, YWCA of Greater Atlanta.

U.S. Army thanks Airport community for support

The Department of Defense U.S. Central Command Rest and Recuperation Leave Program recently recognized the Department of Aviation, the Airport Chaplaincy and the USO for their support of service members who travel through Hartsfield-Jackson as part of the program.

On hand to present the awards was the commander of the U.S. Army Human Resources Policy Directorate, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Horne.

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Horne presents a certificate of recognition to Hartsfield-Jackson Assistant General Manager Robert Kennedy.

© 2010 Hartsfield-Jackson News. A Publication from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. All rights reserved.

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