Atlanta, Burbank, Cleveland, Des Moines: New Flights, Airport Amenities

Changes are coming to four airports, or so it seems. Good news, especially for those among the 94 million travelers who pass through Atlanta each year – and love a good pizza.

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Atlanta – More Dining, Shopping

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport says by the end of the year, it’ll have about 150 new retail options, which means its “concessions program will rival that of any airport in the world.” Already open are Atlanta favorites including Grindhouse Killer Burgers and Ecco (wood-fired pizzas plus entrees like roasted quail). The airport also boasts “its first independent VIP lounge, The Club at ATL, which is accessible to all travelers at a daily rate and does not require a membership.”

Burbank – New Terminal, Maybe

If you’ve even flown out of Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport, you know what it’s like. Old. Tired. But there’s good news – maybe – for the 85-year-old facility, because as the Daily Breeze reports, officials with the Los Angeles area airport are finally getting “serious” about building a brand new 14-gate terminal loaded with amenities. The bad news is, it won’t be completed for perhaps a decade or more. In the meantime, airlines have been cutting flights to and from smaller airports – like Burbank.

Cleveland – More Frontier Flights

Cleveland Hopkins International was hit with very bad news earlier this year when United announced a massive downsizing but at least there’s a little good news. Frontier is adding six new routes. Flights will begin in June to the following cities:

  • Atlanta
  • Ft. Lauderdale
  • Ft. Myers
  • Phoenix
  • Raleigh/Durham
  • Tampa

Des Moines – New Terminal, Maybe

Just like Burbank, Des Moines could get a new 14-gate terminal. However, the proposal is in its earliest stages, so do not plan on flying out of the new facility anytime soon – if ever. Current estimates call for completion by 2042.

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Published: March 12, 2014