AMERICAN GATEWAYS FOR ASIA~ Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport eyes increased international traffic

Hartsfi eld-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is preparing for increased international traffi c by planning to add gates, open the international terminal and boost cargo capacity, among other projects, according to Robert Kennedy, the airport’s assistant general manager foroperations, maintenance and security. “The airport will see approximately 86.4 million passengers this year, but it was originally […]


Hartsfi eld-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is preparing for increased international traffi c by planning to add gates, open the international terminal and boost cargo capacity, among other projects, according to Robert Kennedy, the airport’s assistant general manager foroperations, maintenance and security.

“The airport will see approximately 86.4 million passengers this year, but it was originally built to handle only 55-60 million,” Kennedy was quoted as saying by the GlobalAtlanta news service. The $6 billion to $7 billion renovation is to include, among other improvements, expanding the main terminal by 150 feet to accommodate more passengers and services, Kennedy said.

Hartsfield-Jackson experienced 20 percent growth in international traffi c in 2006 compared to 2005 and anticipates 18 percent growth this year. Currently, airlines calling on Hartsfi eld-Jackson have connections to 51 countries, but by the time the international terminal is completed, which will be at least four years, 100 countries will be served, he added.

The schematic design for the international terminal is being completed, and Hartsfi eld-Jackson expects an estimate for its total cost by October or November, Kennedy told GlobalAtlanta.

As more international flights are added by Delta Air Lines and other carriers, cargo facilities will likely also need to expand, Kennedy said. Freight forwarders in the Atlanta area have expressed concern that the current cargo facilities are already insuffi cient to handle the continually increasing cargo volume coming through the airport.