News and notes from Hartsfield-Jackson, the world's busiest airport

Flight crew on Delta’s route to Havana recall personal connections to Cuba

12:53 pm Dec. 1, 2016

The captain of Delta Air Lines’ first scheduled flight from Atlanta to Havana will be returning to a country that he hasn’t been to since he was eight months old.

Captain Gus Loureiro, a Delta pilot for 27 years, was born in Cuba but never returned since he and his family left the country in 1960.

“It’s just a reconnect for me, a reconnect for Delta,” Loureiro said. “It’s an opportunity I

Many of Havana’s buildings are in dire need of repair due to lack of maintenance. Though Cubans were granted housing after the Revolution, most cannot afford to make repairs to their properties. Buildings collapses are a common occurrence as a result. (KATIE LESLIE, 2015)

Travelers see historic moment in Delta’s launch of Cuba flights

12:22 pm Dec. 1, 2016

For Mike Coughlan, traveling to Cuba for the first time is a chance to go somewhere that previously seeemed out of reach.

“I’ve always wanted to go to Cuba and I knew it was difficult to get there,” said Coughlan, a geologist who lives in Midtown Atlanta. Originally from Miami, he said the idea of Cuba “was such a big part of my life growing up.”

He got a ticket for Delta’s


Delta launches flights to Cuba

11:26 am Dec. 1, 2016

Delta Air Lines launched scheduled flights from Atlanta to Havana on Thursday morning, marking its long-awaited return 55 years to the day from its withdrawal from Cuba.

“It’s a very historic milestone day for us, as we return to Cuba,” said Delta’s president of international Steve Sear at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport before the flight took off.

Flight 639 from Atlanta to Havana took off at about 11:20 a.m. as one of three

CBP K-9 "Joey" admires a whole pig
intercepted at Hartsfield-Jackson. Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Customs dog intercepts whole pig at Atlanta airport

2:36 pm Nov. 29, 2016

Beagles employed at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted a whole pig and other contraband over the Thanksgiving travel period, according to the agency.

Customs and Border Protection said its agriculture detector K-9 beagle named Joey last Wednesday detected something in the baggage of a traveler from Peru. Upon further inspection of the baggage, the agency’s agriculture specialists found a whole roasted pig, which was seized

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Delta bans passenger for life after Trump rant deemed “loud, rude and disrespectful”

2:51 pm Nov. 28, 2016

A disruptive passenger on Delta Air Lines has been banned from the carrier for life, after an incident captured on video where he yelled profanities at other passengers while voicing his support of President-elect Donald Trump.

“Donald Trump, baby,” the man shouted to other passengers on the plane as he stood and clapped. “We got some Hillary (expletives) on here? Come on, baby. Trump!”

The incident was captured on video


New push on noise issue for neighborhoods around Hartsfield-Jackson

12:02 pm Nov. 28, 2016

As the Atlanta airport launches an expansion that will allow for more flights, expanded cargo operations at night and eventually a sixth runway, some residents who live nearby say relentless growth is making their lives miserable.

“The noise is excruciating,” said Burness Davis, who lives in the Clayton County community of Conley. “It’s just horrible. It affects us daily.”

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A flower salesman pushes his cart down a street in Havana. While the Internet is essential for today's business, Cuba still has some of the worst Internet access in the world.

Delta launching flights to Cuba Dec. 1

8:38 am Nov. 26, 2016

Delta Air Lines has been preparing for the launch of flights to Havana Dec. 1 as part of a re-opening of scheduled airline flights to Cuba.

It’s yet to be seen how the death of Fidel Castro will affect travel to Cuba, but the launch of scheduled flights by Delta and other airlines this year is easing the path for travelers.

Atlanta-based Delta is launching its flights to Havana from Atlanta,

Darren Wagner performs on keyboards in the Atrium. Hartsfield-Jackson uses live musicians to calm and entertain travelers in the terminal and on the concourses. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Hartsfield-Jackson pays musicians to entertain travelers

6:30 am Nov. 23, 2016

If you’ve noticed live music performances at the world’s busiest airport in the terminal or on the concourses, it’s not because it’s a special occasion or a holiday.

For the past year, Hartsfield-Jackson International has paid a select group of individual musicians to entertain travelers every weekday, throughout the year.

They include musicians who play the violin, the saxophone, the keyboard and the guitar. They come from a variety of backgrounds playing

Credit: Branden Camp

Crowds expected at Hartsfield-Jackson for Thanksgiving travel

12:59 pm Nov. 22, 2016

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport expects to handle more than 2.9 million passengers over the Thanksgiving travel period, and officials advise travelers to get to the airport at least two hours before their flights.

Those taking international flights should allow three hours, according to Transportation Security Administration officials. The total of 2.9 million passengers are expected to pass through the airport from Friday Nov. 18 through Monday Nov. 28.

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