Atlanta airport looks to add gates rather than new terminal

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport officials have shelved plans to build a $1.5 billion international terminal in favor of a more modest proposal to add new gates to its existing terminals, the Atlanta Constitution-Journal reported August 18, 2018.

After determining that the price for the proposed new Terminal G was too steep, officials are looking at extending the airport’s existing domestic terminals to accommodate the new gates. The plan could be incorporated into the Atlanta airport’s ongoing $6 million expansion and modernization project, which already includes the addition of five new gates in Concourse C.

“We have an immediate need for additional domestic gates,” said Tom Nissalke, planning and development manager at the world’s busiest airport by passenger volume.

Options include extending Concourse T and adding six to eight gates, or adding two new gates each to Concources C, D, and E. Those plans would cost approximately $400 to $500 million each, and the latter plan would require the relocation of airport taxiways.

The Atlanta airport currently has 193 gates.

Source: Business Traveller

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