Airport officials are opening the deck to increase parking capacity as travel recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are starting to see a significant uptick in passengers as people feel more comfortable traveling,” said interim airport manager Balram “B” Bheodari in a written statement.
However, at $14 for one day and $12 for subsequent days, the ATL West deck will cost more than the airport’s economy parking next to the terminal at $10 a day.
The airport’s park-ride lots are temporarily closed due to the pandemic to reduce the use of crowded shuttles, which is exacerbating a parking crunch as travel recovers. On Friday afternoon and other busy periods, both the daily and economy lots at Hartsfield-Jackson have been full.
Motorists can get to the ATL West deck by following signs to the ATL West Deck/Rental Car Center. After parking, travelers can use the airport’s free SkyTrain to get to the terminal. The SkyTrain is mostly used by visitors to Atlanta who rent cars or are headed to the Georgia International Convention Center or nearby hotels.
For travelers returning to Atlanta and retrieving their cars, the ATL West deck is at the SkyTrain stop for the Georgia International Convention Center. The pedestrian bridge to the ATL West deck is on the same end of the station as the AC Hotel, Renaissance and Springhill Suites, with an entrance beyond sliding glass doors.