Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is also reimbursing Delta for the structural expansion of the Concourse B building with a fourth-level addition at the midpoint for the private club.
Yolanda Adrean, who chairs the Atlanta City Council’s transportation committee, said at a recent briefing that she has a “hard time understanding how $24 million can be spent on a Sky Club.” The airport’s interim general manager, Roosevelt Council, told her it funded construction of a multi-level structure that adds 20,000 square feet to airport property, and that the airport had already planned to expand the concourse.
The airport can also generate revenue from a lease to Delta for that space and by re-purposing the old club spaces.
Reed said the airport, owned by the city, is spending the money because “the look and feel of airports is changing rapidly. Increasingly Hartsfield-Jackson is going to have to meet a different standard, an international standard that has a different feel than a lot of our customers are used to.”
Reed said the new club “has more of a feel of airports that you’d see… in Singapore or in Hong Kong or in Paris or in London.”
Bastian said the new club is “really designed for the connecting traveler,” calling the Concourse B centerpoint “one of the most trafficked intersections in aviation.”