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Airport offers two weeks of musical cheer

It’s beginning to sound a lot like the holidays! Beginning December 12, the Airport Art Program will present the 2011 Holiday Music Series.

Performances in the Atrium will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., and the lineup is as follows: December 12: Moonlight Jazz Trio; December 13: Gary Harris; December 14: Cherisse Stephens; December 15: Trey Wright; December 16: Montana Skies; December 19: Jorge Alvarez; December 20: Kingsized; December 21: Tri-Cities High School Choir; December 22: D’vine; and December 23: Monica Hargrave.

In the second week, there also will be performances from 4 to 6 p.m. on Concourse E: December 19: Trey Wright; December 20: Montana Skies; December 21: Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz Band; December 22: Will Scruggs; and December 23: Montana Skies. Also that week, carolers will perform throughout the concourses from 2 to 6 p.m.: Toast of Christmas Past (December 19-20) and Like the Dickens (December 21-23).

Thanksgiving music series returns

The Airport Art Program once again brightened the busy Thanksgiving travel season for passengers through its annual music series.

On five weeknights, artists performed in the Atrium from 5 to 7 p.m. The Thanksgiving lineup was as follows: Tony Waters (November 17), Infinity Show Band (November 18), Beverly “Guitar” Watkins (November 21), Darren Winters Ensemble (November 22) and The Apostles of Bluegrass (November 23).

Ceremony held for disaster readiness training graduates

Atlanta City Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd, interim Deputy General Manager Balram Bheodari, Deputy Chief Randall Slaughter and others participated in a ceremony on November 4 for 11 Hartsfield-Jackson employees who graduated from the Airport’s first Atlanta Citizens Emergency Response Team (ACERT) program.

“I am very proud of the graduates of the Airport’s first ACERT program, and I encourage other employees to take the course in the future,” Bheodari said. “They are now equipped with the knowledge to serve not only the Airport community but the communities in which they live in the event of an emergency.”

Security exercise emphasizes backup plans

Hartsfield-Jackson’s Security team facilitated its annual Aviation Security Consortium tabletop exercise for more than 75 participants on October 20.

The objective was to talk about how Airport stakeholders would respond to a security incident that affects Airport/airline operations and/or public safety. Cargo and passenger airline representatives collaborated with federal and local agencies to discuss policies, plans and procedures as they related to a simulated incident.

Attendees at the Aviation Security Consortium talked about how Airport stakeholders would respond to a security incident that affects operations and public safety.

Attendees at the Aviation Security Consortium talked about how Airport stakeholders would respond to a security incident that affects operations and public safety.

Employees show off new facilities 

On November 10, Airport officials welcomed attendees of the Airports Council International–North America (ACI-NA) 2011 Airport Concessions Conference to Hartsfield-Jackson. 

About 50 professionals from the airport industry toured the rental car center and the new international terminal. 

“I was happy to share insights from the Airport on the planning of the rental car center,” said Todd McClendon, assistant director of project management. “We have a state-of-the-art facility, and many airports look to us for advice and strategies.”

Todd McClendon talks with ACI-NA conference attendees at the rental car center. 

Todd McClendon talks with ACI-NA conference attendees at the rental car center.

State, local leaders join to thank troops

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Aviation General Manager Louis Miller and others gathered in the Atrium on November 22 to dedicate two large banners near the west crossover that welcome troops home from their military service overseas.

“Hartsfield-Jackson is proud to serve the many brave men and women who pass through the Airport each day,” Miller said. “During the 2011 military fiscal year, the Airport processed more than 218,000 troops.”

The banners, which read “The State of Georgia and the City of Atlanta welcome our troops home” and bear the names of the governor and mayor, hang in an area where returning service members often are greeted with applause and expressions of gratitude by the USO, volunteers and passers-by.

Gov. Nathan Deal addresses the media at an event to dedicate two banners that welcome returning troops. Mayor Kasim Reed and Aviation General Manager Louis Miller also spoke and thanked military personnel for their service.

Gov. Nathan Deal addresses the media at an event to dedicate two banners that welcome returning troops. Mayor Kasim Reed and Aviation General Manager Louis Miller also spoke and thanked military personnel for their service.

Service to Cuba begins

Hartsfield-Jackson has added Havana, Cuba, to its list of international destinations. The weekly chartered flight by Marazul Charters, operated by Delta Air Lines, began nonstop service on December 7.

“As the busiest connecting airport in the world, we are pleased to have been awarded this designation to serve Cuba,” Aviation General Manager Louis Miller said. “We are excited to be able to add new service to Havana from all over the country through Atlanta.”

Hartsfield-Jackson is one of only a few U.S. gateways to Cuba added this year. Only “purposeful” travel will be permitted, such as passengers who have close relatives in Cuba, are involved in the medical or agricultural sectors, or travel for educational and religious activities.



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