Delta, Atlanta Patch Up Relationship | AVIATION WEEK

Delta Air Lines has been the dominant carrier in Atlanta for years. Photo: Andrew Thon - OPShots.net

After threatening last year to cut back investments at its main hub, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and shift traffic to its other hubs, Delta Air Lines is now willing to invest $2 billion through 2013 in airport facilities, including some of the $1.4 billion cost of the new international terminal.

The two patched their relationship after the airline balked at the cost of the airport’s new Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal and entered tough negotiations over a new Delta lease. The talks turned bitter when it was revealed that Hartsfield-Jackson General Manager Ben DeCosta had secretly recorded the negotiations with Delta.

The airline, which has almost 1,000 daily departures from Atlanta to 216 destinations, says, “While there have been hurt feelings along the way, we have a fantastic world-class asset in Hartsfield-Jackson that will allow Delta to grow without breaking the bank,” says Holden Shannon, Delta’s senior VP-corporate strategy and real estate.

via Delta, Atlanta Patch Up Relationship | AVIATION WEEK.

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Chuck Slusarczyk Jr.

I started OPShots in June 2006 as a place to share and display aviation photos without the often restrictive policies of other aviation websites. I want to share my love of aviation with fellow aviation geeks and provide a spotlight on Cleveland Hopkins International airport in the process.

1 comment

  1. Jobs in Atlanta Georgia

    This is good news for Atlanta and for Delta. It will provide much-needed jobs and give the industry a boost. Now is a poor time to cut back investments.

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