The planet’s busiest commercial airport is, perhaps, also the most linear. There are five parallel east-west runways, cleaved in the middle by a vast midfield terminal and concourse complex stretching more than a mile, a complex—functionally anyway—that runs west to east. Heretofore, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International’s heartbeat has emanated from the west side, where both domestic and international passengers process through the North and South Terminals ...

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