Some of the pending contracts have been delayed for years, dating to the administration of former Mayor Kasim Reed, when lucrative airport contracts came under scrutiny as part of a federal corruption probe.
Then, concessions contracting was put on hold during the pandemic as travel plummeted and concessions businesses struggled. Existing operators at the Atlanta airport got contract extensions.
Jaideep Majumdar, chief procurement officer for the city, in a written statement on Friday pledged that the concessions procurement process “will be transparent, open, fair, and inclusive.”
The airport plans to eventually contract out more than 100 restaurants, shops and services across the terminal and concourses, with plans to put more contracts out for bid next year.