Southwest Airlines, the No. 2 carrier by passenger volume at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is offering the Atlanta market a perk normally reserved for the most elite travelers – a companion pass.
The company called the promotion "historic."
According to a Southwest press release, metro Atlanta residents "who fly three qualifying round trips on Southwest Airlines from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport between today and May 17, 2015, will earn a Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Companion Pass valid through the end of 2015."
One of the leading Republicans in the Georgia House, Rep. Earl Ehrhart of Powder Springs, has filed a bill to do away with the exemption Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has received on state fuel taxes since 2006.
At the time lawmakers passed the exemption for Delta, the carrier was trying to emerge from bankruptcy and facing rising fuel costs.
But Ehrhart argues the exemption was not initially intended to be permanent, and Delta recently reported a $2.8 billion profit for 2014.
City Hall official Billy Warren, left, comes out to speak with street vendors as they prepare to enter the Council Chambers to protest the city's policy on selling items on public property on July 1, 2013, in Atlanta. In March, Atlanta police told vendors they were violating an ordinance that prohibits the obstruction of city sidewalks through the sale or display of goods.
Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon says the company's corporate headquarters will be located in the metro Atlanta city of Sandy Springs.
Cannon joined Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and other officials at a ceremony Tuesday at the state Capitol. Mercedes-Benz officials announced in January that the car manufacturer would relocate its U.S. headquarters from New Jersey to Georgia. But a specific location wasn't clear.
When a big storm or tornado devastates a community, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) usually steps in to help state and local officials. But in recent years, FEMA has been getting some help of its own from an unexpected source – one you see on almost every highway throughout the Southeast: Waffle House.
During a busy lunch hour at a Waffle House in Norcross, Ga., manager William Palmer grills up a Texas Lover’s BLT for one of his customers on the high counter.
Southwest Airlines entered the Atlanta market in February 2012 through its merger with AirTran Airways. Southwest finished integrating AirTran in December and is now focused on gaining domestic market share at Hartsfield-Jackson.
Three years to the month after Southwest Airlines began service to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Dallas-based carrier kicked off a campaign Monday aimed directly at luring local travelers.
Southwest calls it “Heartlanta.”
The kitschy advertisements feature smiling faces, dancing Atlanta-based employees and Southwest planes crossing the screen in dramatic slow motion.
“Hey Atlanta,” a female voice says at the start of the 15-second commercial. “You know how we know this is a real relationship? We’re picking you up at the airport.”
The Oscar-nominated movie, "Selma," picked up a big win for Georgia's economy.
The film — which traces a pivotal time in the civil rights movement — spent more than three months shooting in Georgia, in places like Marietta Square and the Georgia State Capitol.
According to the Motion Picture Association of America, production of the film contributed more than $10.3 million to the state's economy. The association said the film's production hired more than 400 local crew members — and paid over $5 million in wages.
Their phones are logged out, and the cars are in park. Uber drivers in Atlanta are responding to a 20 percent fare cut by the company.
Prices for a ride dropped last week in nearly 50 cities. Protest organizers want drivers to stop taking clients from 5 tonight until 3 a.m.
Louise Cook has been driving for Uber for nine months. “It was really sort of a crushing blow. We all love our clients. We all want to drive for Uber. But we can’t do it if we don’t make at least some money," said Cook.
Georgia’s business and political circles have been buzzing about Mercedes’ planned move since the German car company announced plans to move its U.S. headquarters to the state last week.
The move is such a big get for the state that Gov. Nathan Deal even slipped it into his State of the State address Wednesday.
“The announcement last week that Mercedes-Benz is moving its North American headquarters to Georgia is further evidence that our state will continue to be a leader in job creation,” Deal said, garnering a round of applause from state lawmakers.
Be it spruce, noble fir or pine -- if it’s fake, and it’s a Christmas tree, Caroline Tuan is waiting for it at the Port of Savannah.
"Most of our product is imported," says Tuan, COO of California-based Balsam Brands. The company imports artificial Christmas trees through the Port of Savannah.
“What’s getting increasingly difficult for trucking companies is to stay on schedule," she says. That's because traffic congestion is increasing, causing longer and unpredictable travel times between the Port and Balsam's Atlanta warehouse.
Authorities say the technology firm NCR Corp. plans to build a new headquarters in midtown Atlanta. The firm is now based in the northeast Atlanta suburb of Duluth.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on Wednesday said that its new global headquarters will bring 3,600 jobs to Atlanta. It is being planned for a site on Spring Street near the Georgia Institute of Technology campus.
Reed said in a statement that NCR also plans to maintain a significant presence in suburban Atlanta.
MARTA is no longer a four-letter word in metro Atlanta.
For years, MARTA has been the battered and neglected transportation stepchild in Georgia. But today, it's on the rebound.
The ninth largest transit agency in the country operating in the black. Its ridership is up. Its trains are running more often. It's even improving its bus service ─ cut during the Great Recession and tight budget years.
A coalition of union leaders, workers and workers' rights advocates rallied to raise the state’s minimum wage Wednesday. They support a proposal that calls for Georgia workers to earn a minimum of $15 per hour.
Right now, employers have to pay Georgia employees at least $7.25 an hour. At a union hall in downtown Atlanta, dozens of people called for more than twice that amount for workers like Rhonda Levitt. She currently works four part-time jobs to help support her grandchildren and her mother. But Levitt says still has trouble paying her bills.
Luxury car company Mercedes-Benz is moving its U.S. headquarters to the metro-Atlanta area.
The company and Gov. Nathan Deal made announcements about the relocation within minutes of each other Tuesday evening after months of speculation that the German brand was eyeing a move to the Southeast.
In a statement released online, Mercedes said the move was “designed to better serve its growing customer base and strengthen the company's position for long-term, sustainable growth.”
At long last, a developer has come up with a viable plan for Underground.
It’s not surprising it had to be someone from out of town who was willing to take the risk to realize Underground’s true potential.
Many Atlantans are jaded when it comes to Underground. They may remember the lively nightspot of their youth, a distant memory of what it is today – a place visited by the confused tourist, the occasional office worker or people who don’t have anything better to do.
Starting this year, Publix will offer same-sex marriage benefits to its employees. The southern grocery chain, which has a major presence here in Atlanta, will give full spousal benefits to couples who wed in states where gay marriage is legal. WABE’s Michelle Wirth got reaction from local residents.
Most local residents say they’re pleased Publix will offer the benefits. Terrence Cox is a Brookhaven resident.
Many of those positions are expected to be in the Atlanta headquarters.
Coke didn’t respond to emails from WABE for confirmation or comment, but earlier this year the company announced plans to expand a five-year cost cutting program to $3 billion from $1 billion in February.
Google released its latest report on transparency this month. It says the Georgia Department of Corrections wanted to censor a YouTube video depicting the alleged abuse of inmates.
Google didn’t give any specifics about who was in the video or where it was shot. But the Georgia Department of Corrections wanted to remove it due to its “violent nature.” Ultimately, Google decided the content of the video didn’t violate YouTube’s community guidelines. Attorney Sarah Geraghty with the Southern Center for Human Rights says Google made the right call.
AirTran's final flight was on this Boeing 717, seen here at the gate at Tampa International. The airline was a launch customer for the plane. Now, it will go to a paint shop in Arizona where crews will repaint it with Delta Air Lines' logo and colors before sending it back to Atlanta.
(Note: Story updated to include information from final flight, web extra interviews)
Late Sunday night, AirTran Airways flew 115 117 passengers from Atlanta to Tampa. But the 70-minute trip was anything but a typical AirTran flight.
It was the final one.
More than 800 hopeful travelers were on the flight’s standby list. Most of the folks who made it onboard AirTran Flight 1 were current or former AirTran employees, with a handful of journalists and Southwest executives scattered among the seats.
The North Pole isn’t the only spot where people are working hard getting packages ready for Christmas.
This is the busiest day of the year for the United Parcel Service.
The Atlanta-based company will be delivering about 34 million packages today.
Officials say a lot of steps were taken to make the process move as smoothly as possible.
“We work very closely with all of our large shippers this year on their forecasting, so that we could prepare. We’ve also increased the capacity of our network by five percent,” says UPS spokesman Andy McGowan.
Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was for November was 7.2 percent, according to state's Labor Department.
That’s down nearly half a point from November 2013, when it was 7.6 percent.
"In addition to strong job growth that has made Georgia a leading state in job creation for several months, we saw our total number of initial claims for unemployment insurance in November fall to the lowest point in more than 14 years," said Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.