Hartsfield-Jackson’s Runway 10-28, which opened in May 2006, often has been called
the most important runway in America. For good reason: Runway 10-28 — the
Airport’s fifth runway — has averaged more than 100,000 landings and takeoffs
per year. The increased operational capacity provided by the fifth runway saves
the airline industry an estimated $260 million a year in delay costs.
Construction of the 9,000-foot runway began in 2001. The final cost of the project
was about $1.2 billion, about $100 million less than originally budgeted. Runway
10-28 construction required more than 3.5 million work hours, resulting in more
than 2,000 construction jobs and spurring economic development in metro Atlanta
and throughout the region. More than $167 million for the runway construction went
to small contractors and female- and minority-owned businesses.