Airport moving forward on expansion projects
ATLANTA — A major renovation project geared toward enhancing the travel experience at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport passed a milestone today as the Atlanta City Council awarded a contract to expand the Concourse D centerpoint.
The goals of the project are to improve passenger flow; to enhance access to The Plane Train and the Transportation Mall; and to add restaurant and retail options on Concourse D.
“This expansion project will dramatically improve the overall experience for thousands of passengers traveling through Concourse D every day,” said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller. “These types of projects are key to bolstering our reputation for top-notch customer service.”
The project will add nearly 60,000 square feet across four levels of Concourse D. Two new escalators will be added between the Transportation Mall and main level of the concourse, along with three new elevators connecting the second and third levels. Many of the existing concessions at the centerpoint will be expanded, and the project will create new outlets for food and beverage and mixed retail.
The project was awarded to Holder, Moody and Bryson joint venture. Construction is expected to begin this fall and will be done in phases to limit the impact on passengers. The project, which is estimated to cost about $37 million, is scheduled to be complete in spring 2014.
A380 upgrades on the way at ATL
The Atlanta City Council today also approved a legislative task order for architectural and engineering services to widen sections of taxiways and a runway to accommodate the double-decker, 500-plus-passenger Airbus A380. When this work is completed, the airfield will meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements for handling A380 operations.
The four-engine A380 could land and take off today at Hartsfield-Jackson, but its outboard engines would extend beyond paved taxiway and runway surfaces. This would require manual inspections of the airfield for foreign object debris before and after each A380 operation.
“Enhancing our infrastructure to handle the A380 strengthens the Airport’s position as an economic engine and helps secure Atlanta’s place as a world-class city and gateway to the United States,” Miller said.
Sections of some midfield taxiways will be widened from 145 feet to 162 feet, and a section of Runway 27R will be widened from 220 feet to 250 feet.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Hartsfield-Jackson is the world’s busiest airport, serving more than 89 million passengers annually with nonstop service to more than 150 U.S. destinations and more than 80 international destinations in more than 50 countries. The Airport is a frequent recipient of awards of excellence for concessions, operations, architectural engineering and construction - including being named the World’s Most Efficient Airport by the Air Transport Research Society (for more information, go to www.atrsworld.org). It is undergoing $6 billion-plus in capital improvements, which include a new, energy-efficient rental car center; a new, 12-gate international terminal; and aesthetic and functional upgrades to its concourses, people movers and parking services. For more information, go to www.atlanta-airport.com. Check out the Airport’s YouTube
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