When Hartsfield-Jackson pitched the idea of an Airport City on its land next to the terminal, it envisioned a corporate office wing alongside a hotel that would allow jetsetters to quickly fly in and out of Atlanta to meet with colleagues and clients. There were also plans for more boutique hotels in the future.
But the pandemic drove an historic 60% decline in passenger traffic at Hartsfield-Jackson last year, with full recovery expected to take years. And one of the sectors hit hardest by COVID-19 restrictions and protocols has been corporate travel — which would have been the key market for the hotel and mixed-use development at the airport.
Balram Bheodari, Hartsfield-Jackson’s general manager, said the airport has gone through negotiations with Majestic “and we’re in full agreement” to remove the travel plaza, mixed-use development and office lease from the deal.