Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport close to installing free Wi-Fi

15 January 2014 (Last Updated January 15th, 2014 18:30)

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is seeking approval for a wireless Internet infrastructure upgrade contract to provide free Wi-Fi for its visitors.

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is seeking approval for a wireless Internet infrastructure upgrade contract to provide free Wi-Fi for its visitors.

If the proposal receives approval from the Atlanta City Council, the free Wi-Fi could be available by the end of March.

Hartsfield-Jackson spokesman Reese McCranie said: "We’ve heard loud and clear that the lack of free Wi-Fi is an issue with passengers and we are aggressively seeking a solution."

"We’ve heard loud and clear that the lack of free Wi-Fi is an issue."

Once the new system is set up and operational it can support 15,000 users at once, significantly higher than 4,000 user capacity supported by the current paid Wi-Fi system.

The airport has allocated $6m for this major project, with the funds coming from Department of Aviation.

Johnson Controls was chosen as the lowest bidder at $3.6m to upgrade the airport’s Wi-Fi infrastructure.

The airport plans to provide an incentive if the work is completed more quickly. Under the tiered agreement, if the project is completed in 30 days, it will cost $5.5m.

The Atlanta City Council vote is slated for next week. Airport officials expect a nominal drop in revenue as a result of free Wi-Fi.

Hartsfield-Jackson, which is located in Atlanta, Georgia, US, ranks as the one of the ten busiest airports in the US and serves as many as 250,000 passengers a day.