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Downtown Atlanta could easily pass for Hollywood this week as a parade of stars has been making their way to Woodruff Park for Anchorman 2.
Sacha Baron Cohen, Liam Neeson, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jim Carrey, Kanye West, Kirsten Dunst, John C. Reilly, and James Marsden have all been spotted filming cameos for the movie, along with the movie's original cast members - Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner - at the park.
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Passengers crowd a gate desk with questions about connecting flights during a sequester-imposed delay
$85 billion in automatic federal spending cuts is bound to cause more than a few frowny faces, but though the furlough of federal workers began gradually in March, it's just these last couple weeks that've seen the cuts slash more than just the government workforce. With an estimated 10% of the US' air traffic controllers furloughed each day, airports can't handle the volume of flights they're used to and, thus, the flight delays and cancellations have begun.
We were stuck in one ourselves, luckily only a two-hour delay of a Delta mainline flight between two of the busiest airports in the countryAtlanta Hartsfield-Jackson and Newark-Liberty. It's not the airline's fault in the least; the weather was excellent, the plane was at the gate ready to fly, and yet passengers sat in confusion as the delay was announced as "due to the federal sequester."
With so many planes and people heading around the globe it’s more than likely that you’ll end up on a Delta flight sooner than later. With that comes a pretty safe assumption that you might find yourself down in Georgia, as you make your way between the different concourses of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. All that walking around might just make you hungry, but of course the airport has you more than covered. Thankfully they’re even getting ready to add a few more dining options.
Chick-fil-A and One Flew South are a couple of our airport favorites, but that doesn’t mean that the airport dining fun ends there. Local establishment Ecco has just arrived at the airport, and they’re taking up some valuable real estate over in the new international terminal—Concourse F. The place also does its thing in midtown Atlanta, and we’d expect much of the same from this new location with their “seasonally inspired cuisine with European influences." Think wood fired pizzas, plenty of pasta, and cured meats and cheeses. Let’s just hope the cocktail menu translates well to the airport, as the one with the Strega, Aperol and hopped grapefruit bitters sounds pretty darn tasty.
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Conan O'Brien is taking his show on the road, again.
This week the talk show host announced he is bringing Conan to Atlanta for a week leading up to the Final Four. Conan will tape four episodes of his show at Atlanta's Tabernacle Concert Hall on April 1-4, 2013.
Filming officially began this week in Atlanta for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and it's only a matter of time before the movie's filming locations become the city's hottest tourist destinations.
The first Hunger Games movie was shot in North Carolina and launched a entire new tourism industry for the state, including survival trips and location tours.
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With temperatures reaching the triple digits pretty much all of this week, it’s likely that you’ll need a cool beverage if you’re traveling to or through Atlanta. Seriously, even air conditioning has its limits. Thankfully ATL has taken the hint from other airports around the country, and they’re busy installing some slick water filling stations.
No longer are you subject to the Hudson News markup on a bottle of Dasani, as now you’ll be able to scoot right through the TSA line with an empty bottle and fill up with some high quality H20—all free of charge.
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We were all excited about the new shopping and dining options as well as the new airport smell that recently arrived at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, but it already looks like there’s something to complain about. In case you missed it the airport just cut the ribbon on a brandy new international terminal—Concourse F.
You’d think that airport officials would have focused plenty of attention and planning on the new terminal’s ability to process plenty of international arrivals and departures in a quick and efficient manner. After all, that’s what it’s there for. Well unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case, as there are already plenty of complaints about the new building's lack of efficiency for those passengers arriving from around the globe.
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Smell that? That's the scent of brand new airport, as Atlanta's Airport opens the doors to their brand new Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal today. The building is 1.2 million square feet with 12 gates, and cost $1.4 billion to complete. Now that is finally completed, however, what can you expect as a traveler winging your way to or from far-away destinations?
Yummy, convenient food options. Pei Wei Asian Diner, The Varsity (classic American burgers and hot dogs), Ecco Kitchen, Jekyll Island Seafood Company, Lorena Garcia Tapas Bar, Maison Mathis, Sweet Auburn Market Café, The Pecan, and The original El Taco will fill out the terminal, and of course there will be a Starbucks. Notice no Sbarro for reheated, overpriced pizza slices! Progress!
(Hopefully) faster, easier security. There'll be two security checkpoints in the new terminal, with a total of 13 lanes. Of course those won't all be in use at the same time, but we have high hopes for an airport that's been designed after 9/11, after the introduction of mobile boarding passes and after years of new security rule after new security rule.
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The biggest airport news of the year here at home is probably the planned expansion of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Things are supposed to be ready to go around May 16, so if you’re heading through or to the airport anytime soon be sure to check out all the new airport goodies. We’re excited to see how the new terminal differs from all the others at the airport, and of course there’s a particular interest in all the new shops and restaurants.
Initially there should be like 20 shops and restaurants up and running, and after that there will be a trickle of new options here and there that just couldn’t get it together in time for the grand opening. As far as eats are concerned there’s a brand new airport outpost of the city’s iconic hamburger and hot dog palace known as The Varsity. It looks like they might even be selling their famous chili right at the counter, so you can bring some home as an airport souvenir. Just be ready to go with your order when they call out “what’ll ya have?”
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Despite the lack of a brand new Chick-fil-A, we’re still pretty excited to see what the brand new international terminal at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is all about. The hard hats are coming off slowly but surely, and workers are starting to clean up the construction debris in preparation for the terminal’s grand opening. However, before the new slice of the airport can start getting passengers and planes, the airport is asking for your help to get things ready.
On Wednesday, May 2, the airport is planning a trial run of the new facility and they need like 1,500 volunteers to help test things out. We’re not sure if you’re going to need to flush all the toilets at exactly the same time, but all we know is that we’re a little jealous that we’re too far from Atlanta to easily help out.
Volunteers will get a script and an itinerary, as airport officials want fake travelers to fully act out their role in and around the airport. They’re even asking that you bring a couple pieces of luggage, so that they can test out the baggage handling system. It sounds like they promise that they’ll returned things unharmed, but we’d probably bring the Samsonite instead of the Louis Vuitton just in case.
There’s already plenty of awesome options for eats when you travel to—or through—Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, but now even more new restaurants on due to arrive. It’s all part of the latest and greatest addition to the airport, as ATL’s new international terminal is scheduled to debut later this year.
Airport officials haven’t specified where—or when—each new establishment will do its thing, but many of these will hold grand openings later this year, between the new terminal and other vacancies across the airport. In total the city council handed out like $3 billion in concession contracts; that should keep travelers satisfied and satiated for like the next ten years or so.
Big news for travelers in the south! Budget traveler favorite Megabus has just expanded their US route network to include a new hub in Atlanta, Georgia. From the ATL, Megabus will run to 11 cities, of course with all routes and all seats starting from their usual $1 (plus 50 cents reservation fee).
The 11 cities from Atlanta are: Birmingham, AL; Mobile, AL; Montgomery, AL; Charlotte, NC; Chattanooga, TN; Knoxville, TN; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; Gainesville, FL; Jacksonville, FL; and Orlando, FL.
That's a lot of Alabama and Florida! With the news comes a giveaway, naturally. Megabus has 10,000 free seats on the new routes, for travel from November 16 to December 16. Enter promo code ATL10K to knock the cheap fares down to FREE.