Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans overhaul of domestic terminal (PHOTOS)

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s eyesore of a domestic terminal is finally getting the facelift it desperately needs.

The City of Atlanta will spend $430 million to modernize the airport’s domestic terminal and concourses, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The overhaul is expected to bring more light to the concourses and use a design similar to the international terminal. You can see photos of the proposed changes at the bottom of this page.

“Despite numerous expansions and some new artwork here and there, the domestic terminal still looks much like the concrete box it was built as 35 years ago,” said Curbed, and accurately so. Ever been to Hartsfield’s domestic terminal and thought to yourself, “Wow, this is easily one of the prettiest airports I’ve ever been inside?”

Me neither.

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It’ll be a three-year project that will also overhaul baggage claim and include construction of a canopy over the North and South terminal entrances to shield travelers from inclement weather, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported.

The AJC explains how the project will be funded:

To pay for the work, the airport plans to seek $450 million in commercial financing and use the bulk of it as bridge financing for the terminal modernization until the airport issues bonds to pay for the work, Southwell said. The commercial financing will soon go before the Atlanta City Council for approval.

Of the $430 million price tag, $390 million will be paid for with the commercial financing, according to Hartsfield-Jackson chief financial officer Roosevelt Council Jr.

The rest will be covered by funds from the $4.50 passenger facility charge travelers pay for each flight.

Here are some renderings of how the renovations are expected to look. For best viewing, click on the first photo and scroll through using your arrow keys.

Main image: flickr/recycleharmony

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