I heard that the new south terminal would be mainly, if not completely, for Air Tran. I believe that AirTran lobbied the ATL
Airport Authority like hell for the new terminal to be built. What the new terminal will do is allow AirTran, which operates non-heavies, to take off at MTOW on that 9,000' (according to ConcordeBoy's ATL
-Journal picture) runway in any weather conditions (wet, etc.). AirTran's fleet is expanding rapidly due to the acquisition of 737NG's. AirTran aircraft can now taxi to a close runway and take off very quickly. The other present runways will be freed up considerably and will be used mainly by Delta, international airlines, and the other airlines that fly into ATL
I am about 90 percent positive that this is the current intended purpose for the new south terminal and the new 9000' runway (it makes sense, anyways!!!). Just as Delta lobbied the city of ATL
decades ago, and actually, still does, AirTran, due to their fleet expansion, is lobbying ATL
. Both the city of ATL
, Delta/other airlines, and AirTran can only benefit from this expansion.