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Take a peek at what Hartsfield-Jackson’s new terminal entrance will look like, in miniature form

A multi-million dollar project to build giant canopies over the domestic terminal curbside areas at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is underway, and a model in the terminal atrium gives travelers an idea of what the new airport entrance will look like. The model has been in the domestic terminal atrium for the past couple of months as the airport began work on the terminal roadways to prepare...
Private jet business makes pitch to Atlantans, with the help of Christina Milian

Private jet business makes pitch to Atlantans, with the help of Christina Milian

Fort Lauderdale-based private jet business JetSmarter is targeting Atlanta for new members, and enlisted singer Christina Milian in the effort this week.
Average Atlanta air fares at lowest level since 2010

Average Atlanta air fares at lowest level since 2010

The average air fares in Atlanta and nationally are at their lowest levels since 2010, according to the latest federal data. The average Atlanta air fare in the third quarter of 2016 was $344.71, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. That’s down nearly 9.7 percent from $381.72 a year earlier. The last time average Atlanta air fares were that low was in the fourth quarter...
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport featured in upcoming PBS aviation series

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport featured in upcoming PBS aviation series

On any given day, more than 100,000 planes shuttle more than one million people through the sky to destinations around the world. A lot of that daily traffic passes right here through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world. The FDA predicts that withing 10 years, the Thanksgiving Day crush that hits Hartsfield-Jackson each year will be an...
Travel on 2 wheels: Bike 100 miles in the Keys

Travel on 2 wheels: Bike 100 miles in the Keys

Driving the 100-plus miles that link the Florida Keys’ limestone and coral islands ranks as one of America’s epic road trips. I wanted to experience it on two wheels instead of four. The plan: Bike the country’s “southernmost century,” cycling-speak for a 100-mile journey in a single day, from Key Largo to Key West. We all know that plans, especially in travel, often...
Airplane etiquette survey: Seat-kicking is worst behavior

Airplane etiquette survey: Seat-kicking is worst behavior

Since there’s nothing worse than being stuck with annoying seatmates for hours on a long flight, Expedia.com in an annual survey asks travelers to call out the most aggravating behaviors in the air. The biggest violator is the “Rear Seat Kicker,” according to the survey of 1,005 people commissioned by Expedia and conducted by market research firm GfK. The results released Tuesday...
A weekend in Winter Park, Colo.

A weekend in Winter Park, Colo.

Weekend in Winter Park, Colo., one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Trip tips: Winter Park Resort is Colorado’s longest continuously operated ski resort (76 years) featuring over 3,000 acres of terrain and 25 lifts covering four peaks. Located just 67 miles northwest of Denver, the laid-back and family-friendly village enjoys an average...
Ludacris cardboard cutout greets travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson

Ludacris cardboard cutout greets travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson

If you’ve been to the international terminal at the Atlanta airport recently, you may have noticed some unusual new directional signage.
75% of Georgia residents plan to take a vacation in 2017, says AAA

75% of Georgia residents plan to take a vacation in 2017, says AAA

Three-quarters of Georgia residents plan to take a vacation this year, according to AAA Travel. More than half say they will take two to three vacations in 2017, according to AAA’s consumer survey of about 400 Georgia residents from Sept. 28 through Oct. 6, 2016, with a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points. For travelers nationwide, the top domestic destinations are Orlando, Fort Lauderdale...
Hartsfield-Jackson now has more than 100 electric vehicle charging spaces

Hartsfield-Jackson now has more than 100 electric vehicle charging spaces

Hartsfield-Jackson International has installed 102 electric vehicle charging spaces, a $1.3 million investment that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called part of his effort to have “one of the greenest airports in the world.” The Atlanta airport plans to install another 200 electric vehicle charging spaces over the next couple of years. “These stations reflect Hartsfield-Jackson&rsquo...
Hartsfield-Jackson ranks No. 1 in guns caught by TSA in 2016

Hartsfield-Jackson ranks No. 1 in guns caught by TSA in 2016

Hartsfield-Jackson International had the most guns caught at airport security checkpoints of any airport in the country in 2016, with 198 firearms discovered last year.

The real meaning behind what airlines say on investor conference calls

Airlines have a funny way of using complex terms to convey simple things. That showed even in Delta Air Lines’ relatively straightforward announcement Tuesday of a $4.5 billion profit for 2015. Airlines use tortuous terminology in part because the things investors want to hear are very different from what consumers want to hear. In fact, consumers’ motivations (low fares) are sometimes...
UPDATE: Delta reports $4.4 billion profit for 2016, but quarterly profit declines 37 percent

UPDATE: Delta reports $4.4 billion profit for 2016, but quarterly profit declines 37 percent

UPDATED: Delta Air Lines reported a nearly $4.4 billion profit for 2016, down slightly from the $4.5 billion in net income it had in 2015 as the carrier faces pressures from higher fuel costs and pay increases to pilots and other employees. While the airline’s costs have been rising, particularly with a new pilot labor contract with immediate 18 percent pay raises signed late last...
From Chihuly to Hemingway: 3 places to appreciate culture in Florida

From Chihuly to Hemingway: 3 places to appreciate culture in Florida

Chihuly Collection, St. Petersburg Thanks to a new home in the 700 block of Central Avenue, it’s more convenient than ever to visit the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, the only space in the world dedicated to the works of internationally acclaimed glass artist Dale Chihuly. (The Atlanta Botanical Garden hosted a popular Chihuly exhibit last year.) The former...
3 places to find romance in Florida

3 places to find romance in Florida

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Palm Beach The Champagne and Caviar Couple’s Journey at Eau Palm Beach Resort’s posh spa is one way to shut out the world and reconnect with your significant other. The “journey” includes a couple’s massage, facial, manicure and pedicure in your own private garden villa. The experience is customized for each couple — everything from...
3 ways for families to enjoy Florida together

3 ways for families to enjoy Florida together

Segway Tour, Amelia Island A guided Segway tour at Omni Amelia Island Plantation reconnects families with nature and with each other. The flora and fauna of this unique maritime ecosystem in northeast Florida go well beyond palm trees and shorebirds. On this barrier island, you are as likely to find a pine cone as a seashell. Glide along beneath a canopy of moss-draped oak trees as deer peek out from...
Can you eat your way across Florida? Try these 5 restaurants

Can you eat your way across Florida? Try these 5 restaurants

MIAMI BEACH Atlantikos This upscale Greek restaurant with Santorini-inspired blue and white decor serves the best from the land and sea. The Aegean wild sea bream cooked in parchment is a must-try. Located at St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. 9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Fla. 305-993-3333, stregisbalharbour.com/atlantikos. NAPLES 1500 South Celebrity chef Art Smith opened...
Go to Florida for the sun, stay for the music at these 5 places

Go to Florida for the sun, stay for the music at these 5 places

For music lovers, one of the best things about a Florida getaway is checking out the dynamic local nightlife. Whether your style is kicking back at a beach bar while a local band croons Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville,” showing off your best salsa moves at a Latin club or listening to some cool cats jam at a little-known jazz spot, you’ll find your niche in this musically diverse...
Clear security line coming to Hartsfield-Jackson

Clear security line coming to Hartsfield-Jackson

There will soon be another way to get through security lines faster at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Clear, a biometric identification technology firm that sells memberships granting access to special airport security lines for its members, is coming to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in coming weeks. Atlanta airport general manager Roosevelt Council said the Clear...
Hartsfield-Jackson roadwork resumes: Watch for lane closures

Hartsfield-Jackson roadwork resumes: Watch for lane closures

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is resuming roadwork for the construction of massive canopies over the curbside roadways outside the domestic terminal, and that means lane closures.
Airline flight schedules returning to normal after storm

Airline flight schedules returning to normal after storm

Flight operations are expected to be back to normal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Monday after airlines recovered over the weekend from two days of storm-related flight cancellations. Hundreds of flight cancellations and delays on Friday and Saturday left some stranded at the airport. Delta Air Lines said it was in recovery mode Sunday and accommodating passengers whose flights were...
In wake of Fort Lauderdale airport shooting and evacuation, luggage and belongings are left behind

In wake of Fort Lauderdale airport shooting and evacuation, luggage and belongings are left behind

On the day after the shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport where Delta Air Lines operates, airline and airport officials are working to assist passengers who were affected, including those who left their luggage behind in the rush to evacuate the terminal. About 20,000 items left behind in the terminal during the evacuation have been collected by the Fort Lauderdale airport....
UPDATE: Hartsfield-Jackson flight cancellations continue Saturday

UPDATE: Hartsfield-Jackson flight cancellations continue Saturday

UPDATE from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport: Flight cancellations due to the storm that hit Atlanta continued into Saturday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where some passengers have been waiting since Friday for flights out. More travelers who arrived at the airport Saturday morning for departures learned their flights had been cancelled or delayed until later in the day. Traveler...
Flight cancellations leave some travelers stuck at Atlanta airport

Flight cancellations leave some travelers stuck at Atlanta airport

Dozens of travelers settled into chairs and spread out on the floor of the domestic terminal atrium at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Friday night, preparing to wait hours or spend the night until they could catch flights out.
Stuck at Hartsfield-Jackson? Here’s what you need to know

Stuck at Hartsfield-Jackson? Here’s what you need to know

Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines have cancelled hundreds of Atlanta flights as they prepared for the snowstorm expected to hit the area, and that means some passengers are going to be stuck. Here are some of the things you should know if you’re stuck at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport: There are plenty of airport hotels around Hartsfield-Jackson, but it’s not unusual for...
UPDATE: Delta cancels Fort Lauderdale flights after shooting

UPDATE: Delta cancels Fort Lauderdale flights after shooting

Delta Air Lines said it is cancelling its flights to Fort Lauderdale for the remainder of Friday and that flight disruptions would continue into Saturday, after a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport’s baggage claim area in Terminal 2 where Delta operates. The Associated Press reported that the gunman was identified by authorities as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, who was immediately...
Delta says its employees are safe after Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

Delta says its employees are safe after Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

Delta Air Lines said preliminary reports indicate its employees are safe and accounted for after a shooting Friday at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The shooting occurred in the Fort Lauderdale airport’s baggage claim area at Terminal 2, where Delta operates. BREAKING: Marietta woman killed in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting “We’re grateful to the first...
Southwest Airlines cancels all its Saturday morning Atlanta flights

Southwest Airlines cancels all its Saturday morning Atlanta flights

Southwest Airlines is cancelling all of its Atlanta flights Saturday morning due to the snowstorm set to hit the region. Dallas-based Southwest is the second-largest carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Flights will be cancelled Saturday morning until 1 p.m. The airline is also reducing its Friday afternoon and evening flight schedule in Atlanta to six flights per hour. The airline...
Hartsfield-Jackson says it’s prepared to clear runways, de-ice planes

Hartsfield-Jackson says it’s prepared to clear runways, de-ice planes

Hartsfield-Jackson International will have some 400 workers on 12 hour shifts in an effort to keep the world’s busiest airport up and running through the storm set to hit Atlanta. But travelers should check with their airlines directly before heading to the airport, warned Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport general manager Roosevelt Council. Delta has already canceled about 350 flights...
Delta cancels 350 flights due to storm

Delta cancels 350 flights due to storm

Delta Air Lines is canceling about 350 flights due to the storm set to hit Atlanta, home of its largest hub. Atlanta-based Delta said the cancellations affect flights scheduled for Friday evening and Saturday. And more flight cancellations are possible. About 4 inches of snow are expected at Hartsfield-Jackson  International Airport, according to Delta. The cancellations are  “an effort...
Hartsfield-Jackson to hold public workshop on plans for Concourse G, cargo buildings

Hartsfield-Jackson to hold public workshop on plans for Concourse G, cargo buildings

As Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to build Concourse G, it will hold a public meeting to present the project, answer questions and take comments.
UPDATE: Atlanta airport, airlines prepare for flight cancellations when storm hits

UPDATE: Atlanta airport, airlines prepare for flight cancellations when storm hits

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is preparing for the weather expected this weekend that will lead to flight cancellations. “We have plans in place to address inclement weather and we are monitoring approaching weather systems closely,” according to Hartsfield-Jackson spokesman Reese McCranie. Both Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines are warning that flights to Atlanta and other...
Delta in No. 3 spot for on-time performance

Delta in No. 3 spot for on-time performance

Delta Air Lines came in third for on-time performance among North American airlines, according to a report on 2016 performance by OAG Aviation Worldwide OAG said that also kept Delta in the “top spot for major carriers.” In the No. 1 spot was smaller Hawaiian Airlines, with 89.9 percent of its flights on time. Hawaiian, which is a perennial high-achiever when it comes to on-time performance...
After Customs outage, travel group pushes for improvements to entry process for travelers

After Customs outage, travel group pushes for improvements to entry process for travelers

A widespread outage of U.S. Customs and Border Protection systems at Hartsfield-Jackson and other airports around the country Monday night prompted a travel group to call for improvements to processing of travelers entering the country. The outage lasted about an hour at Hartsfield-Jackson but led to long lines and waits for many travelers at the world’s busiest airport Monday evening, as thousands...
Uber X, Lyft set for legal pickups at Atlanta airport starting Jan. 1

Uber X, Lyft set for legal pickups at Atlanta airport starting Jan. 1

Calling for an Uber or Lyft pickup at the Atlanta airport is about to finally become legal. Hartsfield-Jackson International will launch regulated pickups by Uber X and Lyft starting Sunday, with rideshare passengers paying a $3.85 surcharge per ride from the airport. Until now rideshare pickups have been illegal because drivers didn’t have permits to serve the airport, and some were cited though...
Holiday crowds keep Hartsfield-Jackson busy

Holiday crowds keep Hartsfield-Jackson busy

Travelers returning home after Christmas and other passengers are keeping Hartsfield-Jackson busy. Security lines stretched from checkpoints at the Atlanta airport on Wednesday morning, with wait times reaching 15 to 30 minutes. Hartsfield-Jackson, the world’s busiest airport, expects to handle more than 4.2 million passengers over the holiday period running from Dec. 16 through Jan. 3. Wednesday...
Delta cancels 787 Dreamliner order

Delta cancels 787 Dreamliner order

Delta Air Lines is canceling its order for Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets, after deciding previously to defer deliveries of the planes. Atlanta-based Delta had inherited the order for 787s through its 2008 merger with Northwest Airlines. The question of what Delta would do with the order had been up in the air for years. In 2010, the airline announced it had decided to defer delivery of the 18 787-8 planes...
Top things to see in 2017

Top things to see in 2017

The top event in 2017 is not human-made, but rather celestial — a total solar eclipse. This truly heads-up spectacle has not been seen from coast to coast across America in 99 years. Check out this heavenly sight on our annual calendar, which also touts anniversaries, sports spectaculars and other festivities coming in the new year. 11: Hamburg, Germany: Debut performance at Europe’s much-anticipated...
Hartsfield-Jackson handling holiday crowds

Hartsfield-Jackson handling holiday crowds

Lines at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport were stretching into the atrium during busy periods on Friday morning, one of the biggest travel days of the holiday period. The Atlanta airport’s security checkpoints will process about 85,000 passengers Friday, according to Hartsfield-Jackson interim general manager Roosevelt Council. Security wait times this morning ranged from under 15 minutes...
Longtime Atlanta airport shoeshiner wins contract to keep business

Longtime Atlanta airport shoeshiner wins contract to keep business

Longtime Atlanta airport shoeshine operation Master Shine has been selected for a contract to continue shining shoes at Hartsfield-Jackson International, while a small local shoeshine firm was also selected to launch operations at the Atlanta airport.   Master Shine and Final Touch Shoes were each selected for shoeshine contracts. A larger firm from Las Vegas with national aspirations...
Holiday crowds begin streaming into Hartsfield-Jackson

Holiday crowds begin streaming into Hartsfield-Jackson

Hartsfield-Jackson International is about to head into some of the busiest days of the holiday season, as crowds head to the airport for flights to see family and loved ones. On Thursday morning, crowds streamed into the Atlanta airport terminal, but security lines were moving quickly, with posted wait times of less than 15 minutes. Nationally, Thursday Dec. 22 and Friday Dec. 23 are expected to be...
Delta changes policy in response to black female doctor discrimination incident

Delta changes policy in response to black female doctor discrimination incident

Delta Air Lines said this week that after an incident earlier this year involving Dr. Tamika Cross, a passenger who offered to help during a medical emergency in flight but was rebuffed and raised concerns about discrimination, the airline changed its policies. The airline invited Cross to visit Delta for discussion and for Delta to apologize, and Cross also spoke with Delta CEO Ed Bastian. Delta...
UPDATE: YouTube star says he was pulled off Delta flight after speaking Arabic

UPDATE: YouTube star says he was pulled off Delta flight after speaking Arabic

A YouTube star known for pranks and hoaxing says he was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight after speaking Arabic. In a series of tweets and videos, Adam Saleh described the incident on Delta Flight 1 from London Heathrow Airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. “We got kicked out of a @Delta airplane because I spoke Arabic to my mom on the phone and with my friend slim,&rdquo...
Get the best view of total eclipse

Get the best view of total eclipse

It’s not too early to call the word of the year for 2017: totality. The sun, moon and Earth will align this August, and, to fully appreciate that rare cosmic event, it’s best to be in the centerline of the totality. That will be a hot topic of conversation this year — some tourism professionals have been talking about it for months already. Predicting the future is a gamble, but...
Six firms compete for Green Acres airport recycling and composting facility contract

Six firms compete for Green Acres airport recycling and composting facility contract

Six firms are competing for a chance to develop and operate a composting and recycling facility at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the latest round of contracting for the project known as Green Acres. The firms that have thrown their hats into the ring are Cash Development LLC, Randolph & Company LLC, Columbia Technology LLC, Green Energy & Development Inc., Multiplex LLC and Sun...
Delta’s SkyTeam offers sale on “round the world” tickets

Delta’s SkyTeam offers sale on “round the world” tickets

Delta Air Lines’ SkyTeam alliance is offering a sale on “round the world” fares. The global airline alliance group is offering a 15 percent discount on round the world trips booked by March 31, 2017. Trips can include flights on any of the 20 SkyTeam member airlines, including Delta. SkyTeam’s website has a planning tool for round the world trips, which have three to 15...
Kempner: Who’ll protect us from aisle-seat phone babblers?

Kempner: Who’ll protect us from aisle-seat phone babblers?

A good thing about the world’s busiest airport is that you can quickly ask people from all over the nation for feedback on insane ideas that might one day become reality. And in a country as polarized as ours, it’s nice to have something that so many of us can agree would be an abomination: Allowing other airline passengers to talk on their cellphones in flight. “Horrible idea,&rdquo...
A weekend in Naples-Marco Island-Everglades City, Fla.

A weekend in Naples-Marco Island-Everglades City, Fla.

Clara Bosonetto is a retired travel consultant. Weekend in Naples-Marco Island-Everglades City, Fla., one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Trip tips: The landmark Naples Pier, erected in 1888, is a popular fishing and dolphin-spotting destination. Hit the beaches and calm waters of Clam Pass Park and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. Sundowner...
Zsa Zsa made an impression in Atlanta — and on Delta

Zsa Zsa made an impression in Atlanta — and on Delta

Zsa Zsa Gabor, who died Sunday, made a lasting impression on many with her memorable comments and extravagant lifestyle — including in Atlanta. The celebrity had a run-in with Delta Air Lines in 1989 that made the news. The Atlanta Constitution’s article on the incident at Hartsfield International Airport carried the headline: “Delta to Zsa Zsa: Get Off the Plane, Daaahlink; Police...
Delta, Alaska Airlines to end code-share partnership

Delta, Alaska Airlines to end code-share partnership

Delta Air Lines said it will end its code-share partnership with Alaska Airlines that allowed the carriers to sell each other’s flights. Atlanta-based Delta, which said it has more than tripled its own flights at its Seattle hub since 2013, said the code-share marketing arrangement with Alaska will end May 1, 2017. “Delta and Alaska today codeshare on only a small number of flights as...
Airport security smart lanes to cost $3.5 million more

Airport security smart lanes to cost $3.5 million more

New “smart lanes” aimed at speeding screening through Atlanta airport security checkpoints will cost up to $3.5 million more than originally expected. Hartsfield-Jackson International is seeking Atlanta City Council approval of additional funding to pay for the remainder of 20 smart lanes being added at the Atlanta airport. TSA and airport officials say the new lanes, which have multiple...
TSA reveals its strangest finds of 2016

TSA reveals its strangest finds of 2016

Holiday travel is picking up this month and the Transportation Security Administration is preparing for an influx of bags. With trips across the world, there have been a number of strange items the TSA has found. TSA social media analyst Bob Burns has listed the most unusual finds at TSA checkpoints across the country in 2016. Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport dominates the list with the most entries...
Delta tests accepting SkyMiles for fees

Delta tests accepting SkyMiles for fees

Delta Air Lines is testing out a system to allow customers to use SkyMiles to pay for fees for services like wi-fi, pets on board, unaccompanied minors and change fees. “We’re piloting this year using miles for fees,” said Delta president Glen Hauenstein during the company’s investor day Thursday. He said the company wants travelers to be able to pay with their miles &ldquo...
Millions of passengers expected at Hartsfield-Jackson over holiday period

Millions of passengers expected at Hartsfield-Jackson over holiday period

Nearly 4.9 million people in Georgia are expected to take road trips over the year-end holidays, and nearly 300,000 will travel by air, according to AAA’s holiday travel forecast. The total number of travelers in Georgia over the holiday period running from Friday Dec. 23 through Monday Jan. 2 is up about 3.1 percent from last year, according to the forecast based on economic forecasting and...
New book uncovers covered bridges, other vanishing Georgia landmarks

New book uncovers covered bridges, other vanishing Georgia landmarks

Step aside, Madison County. That would be the one in Iowa, to be clear, which reportedly inspired Robert James Waller to write 1992’s purple prose-meets-potboiler romance best-selling book, “The Bridges of Madison County.” It boasts six covered bridges, several of which had starring roles in the 1995 film of the same name that featured Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, so you&rsquo...
Delta CEO says he is “encouraged” by Trump administration position on enforcing trade deals

Delta CEO says he is “encouraged” by Trump administration position on enforcing trade deals

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said he is “very encouraged” by President-elect Donald Trump’s commitment to enforce trade agreements, because of the airline’s position that Middle Eastern carriers are unfairly subsidized by their governments. “We are facing Middle Eastern carriers that are violating the law,” Bastian said during the airline’s investor day...
Pilot 'congratulates' passengers for drinking all alcohol on plane

Pilot 'congratulates' passengers for drinking all alcohol on plane

Passengers aboard a recent Southwest Airlines plane received a special message from the flight's captain after the travelers drank all the alcohol aboard plane. On a Dec. 7 flight from from Oakland, California, to Kansas City, Missouri, the captain of the aircraft went over the PA system to announce to passengers that they had consumed all the alcohol on the plane, according to sports journalist...
What people are saying about the Atlanta “Aerotropolis”

What people are saying about the Atlanta “Aerotropolis”

It’s no secret that metro Atlanta’s southside has long underperformed areas like Midtown, Buckhead, Perimeter and Cumberland when it comes to white-collar jobs and amenities like restaurants. Southside businesses and government officials in the past few years have pulled together an alliance to focus on the development of an “aerotropolis” around the world’s busiest airport...
Electric vehicle charging comes to Hartsfield-Jackson

Electric vehicle charging comes to Hartsfield-Jackson

Hartsfield-Jackson has installed dozens of electric vehicle charging stations in its parking lots, part of a plan to install 100 of the spots for electric vehicle charging at the airport by the end of the year. The airport’s international hourly parking garage now has 16 electric vehicle charging spaces, located on the second floor of the garage. The international terminal hourly garage costs...
Ludacris celebrates opening of Chicken+Beer restaurant at Hartsfield-Jackson

Ludacris celebrates opening of Chicken+Beer restaurant at Hartsfield-Jackson

Ludacris’s restaurant Chicken+Beer, named after his third studio album, has only been open a few weeks at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport — but the rapper and actor from Atlanta says he hopes the concept will spread.
Businesses eye opportunities in Cuba as airline service starts

Businesses eye opportunities in Cuba as airline service starts

HAVANA, Cuba — This is alluring, unexplored territory for many travelers — and for Georgia businesses that have been eyeing potential opportunities in the nation of 11 million people. They range from Coca-Cola and UPS to credit card processors and chicken farmers. The recent start of scheduled U.S.-Cuba airline flights will make it easier for such companies to scout out prospects and take...
Five firms compete to open cigar shops at Hartsfield-Jackson

Five firms compete to open cigar shops at Hartsfield-Jackson

Five companies are competing to open cigar shops at the world’s busiest airport. The firms that threw their hats in the ring this week for a cigar shop contract at Hartsfield-Jackson International are Skyport Development, Cigaros of Georgia LLC, Graycliff Divans ATL, Stogies ATL and Churchill Smoke by Trilogy. The Atlanta airport plans to convert nine smoking rooms into cigar shops that would...
Kennedy Space Center offers new Heroes and Legends hall, much more

Kennedy Space Center offers new Heroes and Legends hall, much more

As is so often the case with people who are portrayed on film, astronaut Jim Lovell says he’s often told he looks nothing like Tom Hanks. In 1995, that Hollywood actor thrust Lovell and the story of his ill-fated Apollo 13 moon mission into the consciousness of a new generation born long after Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in 1969. So even though visitors to the grand opening of the Kennedy...
Delta to offer new snacks on board: Yogurt bars, honey roasted peanuts

Delta to offer new snacks on board: Yogurt bars, honey roasted peanuts

Delta Air Lines is upgrading its free snacks on flights and switching to yogurt bars, honey roasted peanuts and brand-name pretzels. One thing that isn’t changing in the snack lineup: The well-known Biscoff cookies, which are staying. The free snacks are for flights longer than 250 miles. Depending on the length of the flight, travelers might get either Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels or...
Delta to offer new snacks on board: Yogurt bars, honey roasted peanuts

Delta to offer new snacks on board: Yogurt bars, honey roasted peanuts

Delta Air Lines is upgrading its free snacks on flights and switching to yogurt bars, honey roasted peanuts and brand-name pretzels.
Delta pilots union elects new leader

Delta pilots union elects new leader

The pilots union at Delta Air Lines has elected a new chairman, a surprise change in leadership coming on the heels of the approval of a new labor contract with pay raises. The leadership committee of the Air Line Pilots Association at Delta voted to elect Bill Bartels as chairman, with a close 10-9 vote. “Many threats remain on the horizon, both to our flying jobs and working conditions...
FAA suspends Atlanta Technical College’s aviation maintenance technician school certificate

FAA suspends Atlanta Technical College’s aviation maintenance technician school certificate

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an order suspending Atlanta Technical College’s maintenance technician school certificate. Atlanta Technical College is part of the Technical College System of Georgia. The college has not enrolled any students or conducted any courses in its aviation maintenance technology program since May 2014, according to the FAA, which said it rescinded its...
Interim Hartsfield-Jackson GM Roosevelt Council selected for permanent position

Interim Hartsfield-Jackson GM Roosevelt Council selected for permanent position

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is moving to make official the appointment of Roosevelt Council as general manager of the Atlanta airport, while the city also has reached a settlement that will pay Council’s dismissed predecessor more than $85,000. Reed’s administration introduced city council legislation to make Council the permanent general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International. Atlanta...
Delta tests complimentary food on transcontinental flights

Delta tests complimentary food on transcontinental flights

Delta Air Lines is testing complimentary food in coach class on some of its transcontinental flights — signaling the possibility of a return of some free food for those passengers after years of pretzels, peanuts or Biscoff. It’s not unusual for first class passengers to get free meals on flights, along with passengers on longer international flights. Delta also serves premium...
Photos from Cuba: AJC in Havana

Photos from Cuba: AJC in Havana

More U.S. travelers can travel to Cuba, now that U.S. airlines including Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines have launched scheduled flights to Havana. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution covered Delta’s first flight from Atlanta to Havana, and the challenges of starting airline service in Cuba. Check out the photos from Havana by AJC photographer Bob Andres for a glimpse at city scenes...
Plane diverted after baby born during flight

Plane diverted after baby born during flight

Normally a baby crying during a flight isn't a welcome sound, but this time it was when the trip from Philadelphia to Orlando landed with one extra passenger on board. A woman delivered a baby while in the air on Southwest Flight 556, WCSC reported. Luckily there were medical professionals, two doctors and a nurse, on the flight who helped with the delivery of the baby boy, Al.com reported. The...
How to save on airfare

How to save on airfare

The airfare for your family vacation to Orlando, Florida, cost you $500 a person. Your friend snagged tickets there during the same week for nearly half the price. What gives? It may not be pure luck, according to Rick Seaney, the founder of farecompare.com, an airline ticket comparison site. “There are ways to save on airfare, but you have to know the tricks,” he said. Here, he shares...