Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, is getting a $6 billion facelift.
The details were outlined by airport General Manager Miguel Southwell on Thursday. The announcements came as part of the inaugural State of the Airport address at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Southwell said the project will not only "be transformational for the airport, but they will enable the needed expansion to accommodate the growing demand we have at Hartsfield-Jackson."
Also in attendance were Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and CEOs from Delta Airlines and Qatar Airways.
Reed said the new plans will help the airport to keep its dominant standing in years to come.
“When we’re finished, we will have ensured that we have a 21st century airport, here for the 21st century Atlanta. Sustainable, smart and easily accessible," says Reed.
The expansion, which is projected to take 20 years to complete, includes a new concourse and a sixth runway. Officials hope to make Hartsfield-Jackson the most sustainable airport in the world, in part by improving the recycling system and reducing usage of electricity and water.
Also slated for the airport are amenities including a modernized atrium, a 400-room hotel and a massive canopy to cover the outdoor drop-off locations.
Terminal modernization is already underway, but the bulk of the work will begin later this year. There was no mention of how the construction will impact the flow of travelers.