A rendering of the revamped atrium at the Domestic Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson.
A rendering of the revamped atrium at the Domestic Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) General Manager Miguel Southwell unveiled specific details of the airport’s $6 billion, 20-year capital plan at the inaugural State of the Airport luncheon today.

“As the dominant economic generator for the region, the world’s most traveled and most efficient airport continues to attract jobs and spur growth for metro Atlanta and beyond,”  Reed said. “With the new capital plan, our long-term success is assured. Like the City of Atlanta, the state of our airport is ascendant.”

The capital plan, named ATLNext, will feature substantial changes to the Domestic Terminal, a sixth runway, new cargo structures, a new 400-room hotel with travel plaza and a new concourse. Investment in ATL is expected to top $6 billion, with nearly $1 billion to be spent in 2017 alone.

The remodeled ticketing area of the Domestic Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson.

During his remarks, Southwell outlined six strategic priorities for the airport’s long-term growth, including safety and security, financial viability, economic generation, environmental stewardship, employees and customer service. Southwell pushed for new air service to China, India and other fast-growing economies. He also urged the restoration of  service to Israel.

“We have had tremendous growth over the last year, and with our new capital plan, the next 20 years are only going to be more impressive,” Southwell said. “Not only will these projects be transformational for the Airport, but they will enable the needed expansion to accommodate the growing demand we have at Hartsfield-Jackson.”

Watch video animation of the new Domestic Terminal canopy at this link.

The giant canopy and remodeled exterior of the Domestic Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson.


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.