Business: Airport 1980: Atlanta's Hartsfield

A little less Southern discomfort for air travelers

In sheer size no other airport in the world can match it. With its twin terminals and 138 boarding gates, the new passenger complex at the William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, which opened last week, sprawls over an area equivalent to 45 football fields. The $500 million jetport is far bigger than its closest rival: the terminal at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport covers a mere 29 football fields.

For frequent air travelers around the South, the opening came not a day too soon. There is a lot...

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