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Southwest Airlines’ arrival in Atlanta in February was a long-awaited development, but the lack of surprise didn’t dampen the media’s interest in covering the story.
The story was covered by all four networks — WXIA-TV Channel 11, WAGA-TV Channel 5, WGCL-TV Channel 46 and WSB-TV Channel 2 (latter three not available online) as well as WABE 90.1 FM and the Associated Press.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution had a series of pieces about Southwest Airlines: an opinion piece by a Southwest/AirTran executive, who describes Southwest’s benefits to the market; coverage of the airline’s arrival and reactions from fliers; and a “what now?” roundup of how the airline operates and what its service here means for travelers.
In other news:
- The Airport’s announcement that it was opening a cell phone lot for people who are waiting to pick up passengers garnered coverage from television stations WXIA-TV Channel 11, WAGA-TV Channel 5 and WSB-TV Channel 2 (reports not available online). WSB 750 AM (not available online) and WABE 90.1 FM covered the story on the radio, and print/online publications sharing the story included The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Examiner.com, the Associated Press and Clayton News Daily.
- Hartsfield-Jackson’s announcement that Air France-KLM Cargo/Martinair Cargo would resume service was reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WXIA-TV Channel 11’s Hapeville community site, WABE 90.1 FM, GlobalAtlanta, Air Cargo World, WSB-TV Channel 2 (not available online) and WGCL-TV Channel 46 (not available online).
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Associated Press, GlobalAtlanta, the Atlanta Business Chronicle and WSB-TV Channel 2 (not available online) covered Hartsfield-Jackson’s announcement that Korean Air will bring its mammoth A380 jet to Atlanta as early as next January.
- Hartsfield-Jackson hit all-time highs in the numbers of passengers and international passengers in 2011, and the record-breaking year was covered by WXIA-TV Channel 11’s Hapeville community site and the Clayton News Daily.
- The impending opening of the international terminal and the Airport-wide revamping of food and beverage concessions mean that many new businesses will be looking for employees at the Airport. Hartsfield-Jackson’s plans for two job fairs were reported by WAGA-TV Channel 5, WXIA-TV Channel 11 and WXIA’s Hapeville community site.
- Speaking of the international terminal: Excitement about the new facility continues to build as the opening date approaches, and some people just cannot wait to get a look at it. The Airport held a Twitter contest to award a sneak-peek tour to 30 of its followers, and the contest was announced by WAGA-TV Channel 5 (not available online) and WXIA-TV Channel 11’s Hapeville community site.
- WSB-TV Channel 2, WAGA-TV Channel 5 and the Associated Press reported the Airport’s participation in a citywide environmental initiative called the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge.
- The TechJournal South blog reported that technologically savvy passengers in Atlanta are leading the way in using smartphones and self-service check-in kiosks.
- WSB-TV Channel 2 ran a story about the plan to bring experienced police officers out of retirement to work at the international terminal when it opens.
- The Stuck at the Airport blog by Harriet Baskas drew attention to Hartsfield-Jackson’s Black History Month music series and ongoing exhibit of Martin Luther King Jr. memorabilia on Concourse E.
- WXIA-TV Channel 11 reported the expansion of “pod hotels,” a concept introduced in the United States with the Minute Suites on Concourse B.