in the news
The Airport and City of Atlanta hosted The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) International Air Cargo Forum and Exhibition in October, and the event drew coverage from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Business Chronicle (which also published an opinion piece about how hosting the conference demonstrated Atlanta’s growing prestige in the cargo industry) and Aviation.ca.
The TIACA conference featured several important speeches and announcements that were newsworthy in themselves. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood was a featured speaker on the opening day of the event, and his involvement and support for increasing air cargo were covered by GlobalAtlanta, the SaportaReport blog and the Handy Shipping Guide.
The conference also brought announcements about cargo-related developments planned at Hartsfield-Jackson. The start of service by Air Cargo Germany at the Airport was covered by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, GlobalAtlanta, Air Cargo World, CBS Atlanta, WSB-TV Channel 2, WXIA-TV Channel 11’s Hapeville community site and WSB-AM 750 (not available online).
While not specifically about the TIACA conference, a piece in Air Cargo World offered an in-depth analysis of Atlanta’s cargo operation and how geography and infrastructure play roles in it.
In other news:
- The Airport’s announcement that it was moving toward offering free Wi-Fi by fall 2013 was met with widespread media attention. Among those covering the Wi-Fi news were The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, GlobalAtlanta, Creative Loafing (which declared that the news made “1 million angels sing”), CBS Atlanta, WXIA-TV Channel 11, WSB-TV Channel 2 and WAGA-TV Channel 5.
- WSB-TV Channel 2 (not available online) and the SaportaReport blog reported on an award given to Hartsfield-Jackson for its work in water conservation.
- The Atlanta Business Chronicle examined the Airport’s international terminal as a first impression for international visitors and declared that the facility promotes Atlanta as a global city.
- The Airport and City of Atlanta hosted the Sustainable Airport Area International Seminar on October 30 and 31, drawing coverage from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, WSB-TV Channel 2, WAGA-TV Channel 5 and Georgia Public Broadcasting News.
- Big changes are under way in the Airport’s concessions, and several news stories shared that information. The Eater site gave a heads-up on the expected spring opening of FLY Burger on Concourse B and noted the opening of Lorena Garcia Tapas Bar on Concourse F. The celebrity chef’s tapas bar also was covered by The Moodie Report, and the Atlanta Daily World alerted readers to the opening of the Jekyll Island Seafood Co. restaurant in the international terminal. Atlanta Daily World, the Atlanta Business Chronicle and CBS Atlanta (not available online) all reported on the debut of the iTravel store, an authorized Apple reseller, on Concourse B.
- The Atlanta Business Chronicle published a piece about how Atlanta needs to capitalize on its assets, including Hartsfield-Jackson, to promote economic development.
- The Forbes Travel Guide applauded airports that offer great dining options for travelers, and Hartsfield-Jackson was among the five airports that stood out. The critically praised One Flew South on Concourse E was cited in particular.
- Linus, a beagle who sniffs out forbidden items in international travelers’ suitcases at Hartsfield-Jackson, was the top dog in a story about airport canines on WXIA-TV Channel 11’s College Park community site.
- A study by the Brookings Institution ranked Hartsfield-Jackson as the world’s 12th-busiest airport in terms of international passengers. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Business Chronicle and WXIA-TV Channel 11 (not online) reported on the ranking and what it means for the Airport.
- Airport Magazine’s October/November issue included an article by Charles F. Marshall III, Hartsfield-Jackson’s utilities manager, who outlined the importance of energy auditing and tracking.