ATLANTA - The price tag is hefty but the purchases deemed absolutely critical. That is how city officials describe changes to the physical infrastructure at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.
Officials are making changes as a result of the December 2017 fire that led to the concourses going dark.
Even planes that touched down were impacted because there was no power to move the jet bridge over to plane doors to get travelers off.
Among the large purchases in the $130 million budget are truck-sized generators. Each can power an entire concourse.
Communications are being improved as well. The public address system is being put on a separate power source.
And there are smaller purchases that have been made, such as bullhorns to get the attention and guide small groups of passengers.
The chair of the City Council Transportation Committee Andre Dickens said last year’s airport fire forced officials to scrutinize at everything.