ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Officials at Atlanta’s airport are spending around $40 million on an effort to reduce the risk of massive flight cancellations during winter weather.
Officials say Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is adding six more de-icing pads.
Airport officials say the goal is to prevent a repeat of what happened during the storm of January 2011, when travelers got stuck on the tarmac waiting for their planes to be de-iced and hundreds of flights were canceled.
Airport General Manager Louis Miller the new de-icing pads are scheduled be completed next winter.
Hartsfield-Jackson currently has 11 de-icing pads near Concourse E. Each pad can deice an average of two planes per hour, so adding six on the airport’s north side will increase its de-icing capabilities by 12 aircraft per hour.