If flight operations in and out of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson seem to be running more smoothly these days, that’s because air traffic control improvements resulting from the FAA’s new NextGen technology are allowing more flights to take off and land at the busy airport.
The new procedures let aircraft fly closer together on approach, and opened up an additional parallel flight path for departures.
This means shorter taxi times, and even shorter flights, which saves airlines big buck on fuel costs– for example, Delta is expecting to save $13-18 million due to the improvements. See video (It’s really good!)
The airport can now handle 112 to 134 departures per hour during periods of peak activity, up from 96 to 130 previously.
The same technology will soon be deployed to help delay-plagued San Francisco International Airport according to the FAA. See FAA video.
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Meanwhile, ATL is taking bids on a a plan to modify Gate F3 in the new international terminal’s F Concourse so it can accommodate super-jumbos like the Airbus A380.
Currently, only two E Concourse gates can do so.
And right now, only one A380 calls on ATL, Korean Air’s daily nonstop from Seoul.
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