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New Renaissance hotel to open near Atlanta airport

4:17 pm Apr. 6, 2017

A new Renaissance hotel will soon open near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, adding a modern option for travelers staying in the airport area.

The Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway, under construction since October 2015 and set to open in early May, will join a Marriott and SpringHill Suites in the Gateway development next to the Georgia International Convention Center. It will be reachable by using the free airport SkyTrain people-mover, and will have

Delta to offer free meals on some routes

10:46 am Feb. 16, 2017

Free meals in coach class are coming back to Delta — at least on some routes in other cities.

After a test of free meals late last year, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is rolling out complimentary meals in the main cabin on some transcontinental flights. During last year’s test, Delta said it “saw a significant increase” in customer satisfaction scores.

On March 1, Delta will offer free meals to economy class

Delta updates app with interactive maps

10:01 am Feb. 15, 2017

Delta Air Lines is adding some new features to its app to ease the travel experience.

The Fly Delta app, first introduced in 2010, now includes interactive maps for Hartsfield-Jackson International and 14 other airports.

The interactive maps of airports in New York, London, Minneapolis, Detroit, Salt Lake City, Washington D.C., Cincinnati, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, Orlando, Los Angeles and Tokyo are reached by tapping the airport code or gate number on

Starbucks gains visibility with atrium spot at Hartsfield-Jackson

1:01 pm Feb. 10, 2017

A temporary Starbucks opened late last year near the domestic terminal atrium at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has gained more visibility than an old location next to the security checkpoint, and will soon move into an even more-prominent permanent spot.

The temporary Starbucks location opened in late November next to La Madeleine in the atrium, as a stop-gap measure after the Starbucks next to the main security checkpoint closed in

Ludacris cardboard cutout greets travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson

11:34 am Jan. 13, 2017

If you’ve been to the international terminal at the Atlanta airport recently, you may have noticed some unusual new directional signage.

It’s a cardboard cutout of Ludacris directing travelers to the security checkpoint.

That’s not the only constant

Delta tests complimentary food on transcontinental flights

2:07 pm Dec. 6, 2016

Delta Air Lines is testing complimentary food in coach class on some of its transcontinental flights — signaling the possibility of a return of some free food for those passengers after years of pretzels, peanuts or Biscoff.


Ludacris opens Chicken+Beer restaurant at Hartsfield-Jackson

3:39 pm Nov. 17, 2016

Atlanta rapper Ludacris has opened his long-awaited Chicken+Beer restaurant on at Hartsfield-Jackson.

The plans for the restaurant on Concourse D have been in the works for years, and were part of a massive round of airport concessions contracts awarded back in 2012.

“It took me three years but it’s finally coming to fruition,” Ludacris said in a video posted on Instagram.

The restaurant opened near gate D5, with a grand opening celebration expected

Shake Shack, Krispy Kreme, Bantam + Biddy coming to Hartsfield-Jackson

1:05 pm Nov. 16, 2016

Shake Shack, Krispy Kreme and Bantam + Biddy are coming to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, as part of a new round of concessions contracts.

The Shake Shack will open on Concourse A, filling in a long-empty spot.

A Wendy’s will also be coming to Hartsfield-Jackson, stepping into a space on Concourse B.

Following final contract approvals, design and construction, the locations could open in mid-2017 at the world’s busiest airport.

A new food court on