World’s busiest airport begins $6 billion in upgrades


ATLANTA, Ga (AP) — Atlanta’s airport — the world’s busiest — has now started a 20-year plan for growth known as “ATLNext.”

Among the upgrades planned as part of the $6 billion project, which will expand the airport’s capabilities: A new runway, concourse and hotel.

Local radio stations say one of the first items on the agenda is to modernize the airport’s West Crossover. That’s the escalator corridor that links the plane train to baggage claim areas at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Airport officials have already removed the “Spirit of Atlanta,” the 70-foot mural that welcomed arriving passengers to Atlanta as they rode up the escalator.

The mural will be replaced by a video screen with flight information and images of the city, airport officials say.

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