The proposed master plan unveiled by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials last week calls for new on-site parking decks, a potential sixth runway and additional gates dedicated to international flights. 

The Recommended Plan, presented at the meeting of the Atlanta City Council’s transportation committee Aug. 15, also calls for the consolidation of maintenance, cargo and support facilities over throughout the next 20 years, boosting efficiencies and freeing up land for redevelopment. 

The draft looks at the airport’s needs through 2031 and has been in development since August 2012, but it includes the fingerprints of new General Manager Miguel Southwell, who envisages the airport growing more assertive as an economic development engine for the city. 

Though it’s not mentioned explicitly in the  document, Mr. Southwell has recently raised the idea of building an airport hotel…Read the full story on our Airport City portal. 

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