Hartsfield-Jackson manager: Full airport recovery could take 2-5 years

Hartsfield-Jackson manager: Full airport recovery could take 2-5 years

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is starting to see a slight uptick in passengers amid the coronavirus pandemic, but a full recovery could still be years away.

Airport General Manager John Selden told an Atlanta city council committee Wednesday that gross revenue from concessions and rental cars at the airport declined by nearly $42 million in the January-to-March quarter compared with a year earlier. The decline reflected just the first weeks of the pandemic.

Since then, more concessions have suspended operations. About 310 of the airport’s 347 concessions are now closed, after the airport shuttered Concourses B and E and parts of Concourses C and T in response to airlines cutting as much as 85% of their flights.

Passenger counts declined as much as 97% at the lowest point in April, but have recovered slightly to about an 88% decline year-over-year.

“We expect this to continue as people feel more and more comfortable traveling,” Selden said.

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