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Airport General Manager
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Balram Bheodari considers Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport the most efficient airport in North America because of his deep knowledge of aviation and strong focus on efficiency, which has allowed the airport to thrive in the most challenging markets. Bheodari combines operational experience, integrity and selflessness to provide quality leadership throughout Atlanta Airport. He oversees all aspects of airport management, including operations and ATLNext, a multi-billion dollar capital improvement program designed to grow Atlanta over the next 20 years. During the time of COVID-19, Bheodari developed a comprehensive business recovery plan that helped to help ATL regain its strength. Guided by Federal Aviation Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and evolving health and safety guidelines, Bheodari has strongly encouraged stakeholder collaboration, aviation workforce team building and adaptation in uncertain times. Throughout the pandemic, he participated in daily conversations with the Airports Council International and other major airports to share best practices and information from federal offices in Washington and the CDC.
He sought to restore customer confidence and keep the airport healthy by using COVID-19 safe protocols. The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) has since recognized the airport as Airport of the Year.
At the height of the pandemic, Bheodari has been the most passionate supporter of our employees, who are critical. After reaching the ranks, he has a great appreciation for the often thankless work these employees do to ensure airport security and optimal operations. Morale never flagged as Bheodari made sure these workers felt valued through hazard pay, special meals, social media posts, intranet attention and other incentives.
His actions and direction reflect his commitment to the three key areas of our organization’s strategic plan: People, Purpose and Operations.