The Atlanta City Council voted 12-3 on last Tuesday in favor of the Department of Aviation’s recommendations for contracts for 126 food and beverage locations and 24 retail locations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal.
“Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the economic engine not only for the City of Atlanta and the metropolitan region, but also for the state of Georgia,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “These new concessions contracts will generate $51 million in annual revenues, an increase of more than $23 million, and ensure that the 90 million travelers who pass through Hartsfield-Jackson each year have world-class food, beverage and retail options. With the opening of the new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International terminal this spring, Atlanta’s position as the global capital of the Southeast will be secure for decades to come.”
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the single-largest employer in the state with 58,000 direct employees. It generates an annual economic impact in the metropolitan Atlanta area of $32.6 billion. The annual rent from the new concessions program at Hartsfield-Jackson is projected to generate about $2 million per month in additional revenue to the airport.