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Despite what you may have heard, bigger isnâ€™t always better. For instance, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson is very proud of the fact that it is has been the worldâ€™s busiest airport for a decade, handling close on 90m passengers last year.
Yet if on-line travel forums are anything to go by, the airport has a pretty dismal track record among frequent travellers for delays, missed flight connections, congestion and poor customer service.
However, the good news is that this giant US hub and home to Delta Airlines allocated a large amount of cash ($6bn) to putting things right. More security lines, a better choice of car parking options, a new centralised car rental facility and greater shopping choice are just some of the improvements that have taken place.
The shopping offer is getting a much-needed makeover too. Some 70 new shops and restaurants opened in the airportâ€™s main Atrium and in five of its six concourses (T, A, B, C and D) at the end of June 2009.The new line up includes several brands making their standalone US airport store debut such as Italian fashion labels Salvatore Ferragamo and Ermenegildo Zegna (both Concourse A), as well as must-have business accessory BlackBerry and Sean John (both Concourse B), the latter being a store selling clothing and fragrances branded to the ubiquitous US hip hop singer.
Traditionally, there hasnâ€™t been a great deal to tempt female shoppers at Hartsfield-Jackson so many of the new stores target the fairer sex. Examples include the LancĂ´me Beauty Lounge (Concourse B), lingerie brand Luxe International (Concourse C) and crystal jewellery chain Swarovski (Concourse T). We also hear there are imminent plans to open a beauty spa on each concourse.
Travellers at Hartsfield-Jackson are clearly a literate bunch as a host of news stores and bookshops are also opening on each concourse. If itâ€™s local news you want, head to Atlanta Daily World, which has stores on Concourses B, C and D.
The New York Times Books & News outlet in The Atrium offers a popular Read & Return Program, where customers can buy a book, read it, return it, and receive a 50% refund on the initial price. Itâ€™s a neat idea other airport books shops would do well to copy.