Also delayed will be construction of a $70 million "end-around" taxiway intended to improve safety and efficiency of planes moving around the south side of the airfield.
Selden said during a video presentation to the Council for Quality Growth this week that Delta Air Lines — the dominant carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson — has said it will be about 30% smaller.
The Atlanta-based airline has grounded half of its fleet, cut more than 85% of its flights this month and said it will offer buyouts and early retirements to employees.
But Selden said the airport will continue with other expansion and renovation projects, including adding five gates to Concourse T, completing a new Airport West parking deck with technology to pay via Peach Pass, making improvements to the Plane Train line and rebuilding the curbside pickup area for taxis, limos and shuttles.
With passenger traffic down and slowly creeping back up, “This is the best time to build and not impact the operation,” Selden said. The Plane Train work can be done faster because of fewer passengers.
While plans to expand the domestic terminal's South security checkpoint were going to have to be phased to allow some lanes to remain operational throughout, that checkpoint has been closed and construction of the new lanes will be done by the end of the year, he said. Selden has said that while there are fewer passengers, they need to be spaced further apart, so an expansion still makes sense.
He said there are technologies for a mostly touchless travel experience, with mobile boarding pass scanners and facial recognition. “It’s getting close to touchless,” he said.