Elected officials, business owners, and influencers gathered at the Airport Chamber’s annual meeting to discuss the success of partnerships and the future of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest and most efficient airport in the world. It is also an economic powerhouse for Georgia, generating a $34.8 billion economic impact for the metro area and providing more than 60,000 jobs, making it the state’s largest employer.
Over the years the Hartsfield-Jackson has become a global gateway, offering nonstop service to more than 150 domestic and 70 international destinations. On average the airport will serve more than 100 million passengers in a single year. As successful as the airport has become one unique fact is that it sits in 3 cities and 2 counties. Hartsfield-Jackson is primarily located in Clayton County with some of the campus located in Fulton County and is operated by the City of Atlanta. So how do so many factions operate the busiest and most efficient airport in the world? Collaboration.
“Each of you in this room has a mutual interest in maintaining the dominance of Hartsfield Jackson,” stated Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “We all know that a healthy airport is good for business, good for the state, and, of course, good for the entire southeast.” In 2016 Hartsfield-Jackson began a $6 billion capital improvement project titled ATL Next. The goal of the project is to keep Hartsfield-Jackson competitive over the next 20 years by improving the terminals, adding more parking, expanding concourses and developing Airport City. The project which is nearing completion is a collaborative effort between the state legislators, city governments and economic development arms like the Aerotropolis Alliance, South Fulton Chamber, and the Airport Chamber.
“The Airport Chamber supports economic partnerships for the airport area business community,” stated Chamber President Carmenlita Scott. “Hartsfield-Jackson’s multibillion-dollar expansion and 20-year plan are aimed at maintaining their status as the world’s most traveled airport.” The collaboration of all the parties involved has helped to make Hartsfield-Jackson more than an airport, it has become a destination.