Delta Air Lines Hub Facility Upgrades

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Atlanta’s Maynard Jackson International Terminal Opens

The long awaited Maynard Jackson International Terminal opens today along with Concourse F — combined with the existing international concourse E, travelers will find a state of the art 40 gate complex at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The first flight to depart concourse F will be Delta 295, a Boeing 777-200, to Tokyo’s Narita (NRT) airport while Delta Air Lines flight 177 from Dublin, Ireland, will be the first to arrive into the new concourse.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the busiest in the world in terms of passengers, with Delta operating in excess of 1,000 daily departures to 208 destinations, including nonstop service to 65 international destinations from Atlanta.

The new terminal eliminates the need for Atlanta-bound passengers to re-check their luggage and clear TSA to exit the airport.  For those parked in the domestic terminal or needing access to MARTA, a 24 hour shuttle service connects the two terminals.  Otherwise, the new international facility is accessed via I-75 at exit 239.

Connecting international passengers will re-clear TSA as usual after US Customs and the underground Plane Train and walkway has been extended to the new international terminal.

Richard Anderson, Delta’s CEO, said, “The new international terminal is Atlanta’s new front door to the world.”  Anderson added, “On behalf of Delta people worldwide, I want to congratulate aviation general manager Louis Miller, Mayor Kasim Reed and the City of Atlanta for seeing this project to its completion and thank them for continuing the strong partnership Delta has had with the airport and city for more than 70 years.”

New York LaGuardia and JFK Upgrades

As Delta Air Lines is now operating hubs at both New York LaGuardia (LGA) and New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport, construction is underway to improve the facilities.

At the LaGuardia Airport domestic hub and gateway to New York City, work is underway on a $160 million renovation to support 100 new daily departures including a new Delta Sky Club, chef-driven dining options and an enclosed walkway behind security connecting Terminals C and D.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is also looking to re-build the Central Terminal Building in a public-private partnership.

Terminal 4 expansion at JFK Airport for Delta Air Lines

Across town at John F. Kennedy International, a $1.2 billion expansion of Terminal 4 at New York-JFK will house nine new international widebody gates and a flagship Delta Sky Club when it opens in spring 2013.  The new Terminal 4 build at New York-JFK will replace Terminal 3, which is to be razed, and a corridor is planned to connect Delta’s Terminal 2 and Terminal 4 operations.

Los Angeles International Airport Upgrades

Now that Delta has built up operations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) combined with operating flagship international routes such as Los Angeles to Sydney nonstop, their Los Angeles operations are in need of an upgrade.

Delta’s facilities at LAX are being renewed as part of that airport’s $4 billion overhaul, including a new baggage system, and better US Immigration and US Customs processing facilities.  New food and beverage options are also in the works.

Salt Lake City Upgrades

Salt Lake City International Airport has played an important role as a Delta Air Lines hub for many years.  The airline is supporting a $1.8 billion terminal re-development project over the next ten years.  The project includes a new terminal as well as the renovation of 34 existing gates, the addition of a 40 gate concourse, plus other facility improvements.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Upgrades

While Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) is not a hub for Delta Air Lines, it is hub to partner carrier Alaska Airlines, as well as an important Asia/Pacific gateway.   Delta Air Lines is currently working with the city on lobby renovations to create more open space to provide a smoother passenger check-in experience.


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