State-of-the-Art Simulations for ATL Master Plan
Fleet changes and airline acquisitions demand new development at the world's busiest airport
Moving over 100 million passengers and nearly 900,000 aircraft annually is no small feat for the world’s busiest airport. However, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport didn’t achieve that top status overnight…or alone. Over the past 8 years, the City of Atlanta, Department of Aviation has enlisted Ricondo to lead a team in developing a master plan and delivering 100+ on-call planning assignments in preparation for growth—today and into the future.
Fleet changes (Delta) and acquisitions (Southwest) were key drivers in the 2015 master plan development. In turn, Ricondo’s facility analysis featured state-of-the-art simulation models of the airfield, terminal, roadways, and curbfronts. Other simulations in the master plan also included two runway alternatives—a closely spaced dependent runway and a widely spaced independent runway—to provide capacity during instrument meteorological conditions. The work included benefit-cost analyses and the merits of each option.
In addition to new airfield runway development, Ricondo was instrumental in providing master plan solutions for expanding the terminal system through new concourse development.
The Ricondo team continues to serve as Atlanta’s preferred planning expert with on-call assignments including terminal planning, airside facility development (aircraft rescue and firefighting, maintenance, cargo, and ground support equipment facilities), parking facilities (garage replacement, new remote lots), and ground transportation facilities (ground transportation center relocation and curbfront planning).