“We are asking our business partners to continue showing compassion toward their employees, and when possible, provide continuity of pay for their hourly associates,” Bottoms said in a written statement.
City of Atlanta Chief Financial Officer Roosevelt Council said the airport has done an analysis of the rent amendment and estimates the rent relief could reduce airport revenue by about $12 million annually, out of total airport projected revenue of $587 million. He said the primary impact would be to reduce the airport’s projected $125 million surplus used for capital improvement projects.
Dickens said concessionaires are telling him their business is down by around 50%. "It's getting worse and worse. These guys are getting more and more dire information," he said.
He said concessionaires are also in discussions to change their required hours of operation because of a reduction in late-night flights that leaves fewer customers in the airport during those hours.
Hartsfield-Jackson general manager John Selden said in a written statement that the airport is working with the mayor on a plan to issue advanced credits to those concessionaires for immediate rent relief.
However, several days after the measure passed, rental car workers were already being affected by the decline in travel.
Golden Gate America East LLC, which moves rental car fleets at Hartsfield-Jackson, disclosed cuts that will affect 378 workers as of March 22, according to a state Department of Labor business layoff and closure listing.
Concessionaires have also laid off workers as many restaurants and shops close at the Atlanta airport.