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Airport earns financial award

The Airport has won an award for its recent municipal bond sale and refunding deal for the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal.

On December 8, The Bond Buyer bestowed its Deal of the Year Award for the Southeast region on Hartsfield-Jackson. The Bond Buyer is an influential financial newsletter that covers the bond markets.

“This award is yet another example of how the City of Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport are operating in a fiscally sound manner, despite the fact we are in the worst economic environment since the Great Depression,” Mayor Kasim Reed said. “The new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal will lead to further investment and economic opportunity in our city for decades to come.”

Hartsfield-Jackson one of the most ‘social’ airports
                                           
Hartsfield-Jackson was the second-most-popular airport that people checked into between August and November 2011, according to Facebook.

“We are honored that Facebook has rated us the second-most-social airport,” Aviation General Manager Louis Miller said. “We feel that social media are effective tools to communicate with and engage our customers on a new level.”

Facebook compiled the list of the top 25 airports in the world based on people’s check-ins via Facebook or a third-party location application. 

Holiday lunch held for volunteers

On December 14, the Hartsfield Host volunteer program held a holiday luncheon to thank volunteers.

Several Department of Aviation employees — including Balram Bheodari, interim deputy general manager; Richard Duncan, interim assistant general manager for Operations, Maintenance and Security; and Paul Meyer, director of Operations — gathered to recognize the volunteers for their outstanding commitment to the Airport and to honor them for their years of service.

“We hold this luncheon to celebrate our volunteers. Many passengers are in a rush and do not say ‘thank you,’ and today we want them to know they are appreciated,” said Jan Lister, Airport customer service administrator.

Volunteers Bill Meyers (from left), Peter Biondi and Don Braddock perform during an “American Idol”-style talent show at the holiday luncheon.

Volunteers Bill Meyers (from left), Peter Biondi and Don Braddock perform during an “American Idol”-style talent show at the holiday luncheon.

Military dedicates new space for PAP program

On December 16, the U.S. military held a ribbon-cutting to dedicate its new Personnel Assistance Point (PAP) space, near the other airline ticketing counters in Terminal North.

“We are proud of the work our military does to protect our country, and we are pleased that Hartsfield-Jackson plays a large role in helping these service members get to their destinations, especially when they are going home for some much-deserved time with their families,” said Balram Bheodari, interim deputy general manager and former senior aviation operations officer with the U.S. Army.

The Personnel Assistance Point helps service members and their families with any situations that occur as they are going home for the Rest and Recuperation program. The new, bigger space will be more convenient and easier to find for the troops and family members.

Interim Deputy General Manager Balram Bheodari (center) participates in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new location of the military’s Personnel Assistance Point. With him are U.S. Army Maj. Mark Brown (left) and Sgt. Maj. Tyrone Legier.

Interim Deputy General Manager Balram Bheodari (center) participates in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new location of the military’s Personnel Assistance Point. With him are U.S. Army Maj. Mark Brown (left) and Sgt. Maj. Tyrone Legier.



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