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City, airlines amend lease

After a series of recent negotiations, the City of Atlanta has reached a groundbreaking agreement with Delta Air Lines, AirTran Airways, ASA and other airlines that serve Hartsfield-Jackson. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced the agreement at a news conference at City Hall on August 31.

Under the terms of the agreement, the airlines will pay Hartsfield-Jackson a supplementary terminal rental payment of $30 million, spread over a four-year fiscal period from 2013 to 2016.

The supplementary payments will help to fund the international terminal and will enable the Airport to retain adequate financial reserves to maintain its credit rating. Depending on the economic recovery and the Airport’s finances and debt service coverage, the Airport may refund the airlines up to the full $30 million between the fiscal years 2015 and 2017.

Airport hosts winter weather conference

In the peak of summer, Hartsfield-Jackson had an eye on the winter weather season ahead. The Airport hosted the 10th annual American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)/Northeast Chapter AAAE Large Hub Winter Operations Conference and Exhibition on August 8-10 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.

Representatives from 19 airports as well as several airlines, vendors and aviation consultants attended the conference and exhibition. Topics addressed included the airlines' perspective on winter weather operations, the impact of surface management system (SMS) technology on winter operations, and the Federal Aviation Administration's Next Generation and other emerging technologies.

Interim Aviation General Manager Robert Kennedy (right) addresses attendees at the AAAE Large Hub Winter Operations Conference and Exhibition.

FAA announces recovery funds

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt joined Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and interim General Manager Robert Kennedy on August 13 to announce $9.2 million in funding for the Airport and aviation facilities in the area through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The funds will be used for projects to improve Airport capacity, operational capability and safety. One project is the installation of a $5 million approach lighting system for Runway 27L. The approach lights will provide pilots with visual information to land in bad weather.

After the news conference to announce the funding, the mayor and Babbitt visited the construction site of the lighting system, and journalists in attendance were given the opportunity to see the site and to go inside the FAA air traffic control tower.

Atlanta City Councilman C.T. Martin (from left), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed visit the site of a $5 million project to install new approach lights at Runway 27L.

Hartsfield-Jackson hosts training seminar for Caribbean airports

Hartsfield-Jackson — in partnership with CIFAL Atlanta, Airports Council International (ACI), the ACI Fund and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) — shared strategies for generating nonaeronautical revenue with airport executives and government officials from the Caribbean on August 9 and 10.

Hartsfield-Jackson officials discussed their experiences in economic and business development with more than 40 attendees from Caribbean airports.

CIFAL Atlanta, an affiliate of the United Nations, was created to provide government authorities and leaders of countries in the Western Hemisphere with a forum to exchange strategies, tools and best practices on issues of technology, economic development and civil rights. Atlanta is one of 12 cities worldwide with a CIFAL office.

Alrene Barr, international engagement manager at Hartsfield-Jackson, addresses the attendees at the two-day training seminar for officials from Caribbean airports

No more parking stubs!

Hartsfield-Jackson has an automated, ticketless payment system in its west economy lot. The credit card in/out system allows customers to insert a credit card into the card reader upon entering the lot and insert the same credit card upon exit. The system computes fees based upon length of stay and charges the credit card.

The west economy lot, which has 1,150 spaces, is at the west end of the terminal beyond the ground transportation center. The Airport plans to implement this convenient system throughout all parking lots by the end of 2011.



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