Hartsfield-Jackson Studies Building An Airport Hotel

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is studying the idea of building an airport hotel, either inside or connected to the domestic terminal.

Other airports have terminal hotels, including Chicago O’Hare and Dallas/Fort Worth, which offer travelers the convenience of a place to stay just steps away from the airline check-in area or gate.

A terminal hotel is especially convenient for travelers who get stranded when their flights are canceled, Hartsfield-Jackson interim general manager Miguel Southwell said. The world’s busiest airport became a makeshift hotel earlier this year when storms led to thousands of flight cancellations.

Numerous hotels surround the airport, and there are a couple near the Georgia International Convention Center along the SkyTrain line to the airport’s remote rental car center. The only option within the airport is the Minute Suites sleep units, usually rented for a few hours at a time.

“We believe that a world-class airport should have a world-class hotel,” Southwell said. “The question is whether it’s financially viable.”

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