Atlanta international airport unveils $6bn expansion plan

14 March 2016 (Last Updated March 14th, 2016 18:30)

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the US has unveiled plans for its $6bn, 20-year capital improvement programme.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the US has unveiled plans for its $6bn, 20-year capital improvement programme.

Known as the ATLNext programme, it will see construction of a sixth runway, a new cargo structure, the new $983m Concourse G, and a 400-room hotel with a travel plaza.

Details of the expansion plan were outlined by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the airport's general manager Miguel Southwell.

Reed said: "As the dominant economic generator for the region, the world's most travelled and most efficient airport continues to attract jobs and spur growth for metro Atlanta and beyond.

"The world's most travelled and most efficient airport continues to attract jobs and spur growth for metro Atlanta and beyond."

According to the plan, nearly $1bn will be spent in 2017, which will include construction of a new concourse by 2023, a $393m terminal modernisation programme between 2016 and 2018, and the $307m development of passenger transit facilities between 2016 and 2027.

Other projects will include a $200m expansion of the Concourse T extension between 2016 and 2021, and a $50m expansion of the Concourse D gate area between 2019 and 2025.

Southwell said: "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.

"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."