Authorities in Paulding County have taken another step toward bringing commercial airline service to an airfield northwest of Atlanta, despite opposition from some neighbors. The Paulding County Airport Authority on Tuesday unanimously approved issuing $3.4 million in bonds to pay for a taxiway expansion.
Officials are gearing up to welcome the world's largest passenger jet to the world's busiest airport. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials say Korean Air's double-decker Airbus A380 is scheduled to arrive at the airport Friday morning and will be greeted by a water cannon salute and ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Authorities say two firefighters sustained minor injuries while battling a fire that filled part of a terminal at Atlanta's airport with heavy smoke. Atlanta Fire Rescue spokeswoman Janet Ward tells The Associated Press that the early Tuesday morning blaze involved an escalator in Concourse T, filling the area with heavy smoke.
Hartsfield-Jackson officials say the world's busiest airport is gearing up to open its first common use VIP lounge. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials say Club ATL is set to open Wednesday, and will be open to all passengers who buy a $35 ticket at reception desks.
Eighteen people were taken to the hospital, including at least two in serious condition, after a crash between a hotel shuttle bus and a tractor-trailer near Atlanta's airport. Police said the accident happened Friday morning on a road that loops around the world's busiest airport.
Southwest Airlines will soon cut more AirTran routes this fall as it transforms AirTran's hub into a Southwest operation. Southwest, which bought Orlando-based AirTran and its Atlanta hub in 2011, started its own Atlanta flights last year and has been gradually expanding them as it absorbs AirTran operations and planes.
Southwest Airlines is cutting about 300 employees from AirTran Airways' workforce at Atlanta's airport. The 300 ground workers — baggage handlers, ticket counter and gate agents — would end up with jobs in other cities where Southwest operates if they are willing relocate. If not, they will get severance packages and leave the company.
A former speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives is accused of having a gun at a security checkpoint in Atlanta's airport. Authorities say former Rep. Terry Coleman of Eastman was apprehended by police after a Transportation Security Administration officer spotted what appeared to be a pistol inside his briefcase. Police found a .22-caliber handgun.