ATLANTA – Officials will commission the opening of the fifth runway with a ceremony today at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The nine-thousand-foot runway is scheduled to get its first traffic on May 27.
Officials at the world’s busiest airport are pledging to cut delays in half. That could mean fewer and shorter delays through the entire air transportation network in the United States and possibly around the world.
That’s because no other airport in the world handles more passengers. Nearly 86 million people pass through the Atlanta airport each year on more than 980,000 flights, one taking off or landing about every 30 seconds. The airport serves 156 U.S. cities and 65 others overseas in 43 countries.
The runway is part of a major overhaul at the airport that also includes the tallest air traffic control tower in North America, standing at 398 feet, and an “end-around” taxiway, the first of its kind in the country, that will help keep arriving flights from being delayed by having to wait to cross busy runways before reaching their gates.