Meet the Black CEO Helping to Manage the World's Busiest Airport

Dr. Kofi Smith, CEO of Atlanta Airlines Terminal Company

If 2020 is the year of seeing clearly, Dr. Kofi Smith’s vision for the Atlanta Airlines Terminal Company (AATC), which operates Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is brighter than ever. After nearly a decade with AATC, Dr. Smith has delivered notable results when it comes to employment, client and employee satisfaction, technology, energy savings and more.
Dr. Smith joined the company at age 35, the youngest person to accept this role, and has since grown the AATC by 118 percent, enhancing local employment efforts, while it has been recognized as one of the city’s Top 20 “Best Places to Work” for medium-sized companies by the “Atlanta Business Chronicle.” That same publication also recognized Dr. Smith with its Most Admired CEO Award in 2018.

With a focus on sustainability, AATC has created the most significant energy savings – a whopping $9.4 million – for the 7.2-million-square-foot facility in just three years, far exceeding previous company efforts. In addition, the Atlanta Airlines Terminal Company was the largest recipient of Georgia Power energy efficiency rebates for fiscal 2018, at about $971,500.

“Even as we enjoy turning our vision for an energy-efficient, well-run organization into reality, our focus for 2020 is on continuing these efforts while also expanding our use of technology to improve operations even more,” Dr. Smith said. “We are proud to be the first airport and facility in the world to have fully smart restrooms, further enhancing the comfort and cleanliness of our operations.”

Dr. Smith, who also earned a Trailblazer Award from the Atlanta Business League and the 100 Black Men of North Metro’s Image Award, and within his tenure Dr. Smith will have executed $650 million worth of capital projects for the AATC with a focus on minority-owned companies. His participation on the Airport Cooperation Research Program of the Transportation Research Board and National Academy’s research panel has helped further the knowledge around how local and international airports can be operated.

“While it is always wonderful to note past successes, a new year is a perfect time to focus in on goals for the future, and ours is to consistently make the world’s busiest airport the best place to work at and travel through,” Dr. Smith added.

The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport accounts for $64 billion total economic impact, with more than 100 million annual passengers and about 450,000 employees. Over seven concourses, the airport hosts about 2,700 daily flights.

About Atlanta Airlines Terminal Company
Atlanta Airlines Terminal Company (AATC) manages the facility at the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The airline-owned management team is designed to provide the most efficient and cost-effective airport operation and maintenance services in the industry. AATC provides services to more than 100 million airline passengers annually while operating and maintaining 7.2 million square feet comprising the Central Passenger Terminal Complex (CPTC) at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. For more information, please visit

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