Atlanta Airport to Open New Sleep Suites

Catch your flight—and some zzz's

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As comfortable as this looks, airports are now offering alternative sleep facilities.     Photo: Robertus B. Herdiyanto/Flickr

Sleeping at airports can be a tragic procedure. We build forts with our briefcases and imitate pretzels to fit horizontally into hard chairs.

But by 2015, getting some shut-eye before a red-eye won't be an issue for those traveling through Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. The world's busiest airport announced plans last week to build a large number of short-term sleep units and showers in two international concourses.

The Atlanta City Council approved a contract with Minute Suites to open the company's largest branch of sleeping sections with 17 deluxe suites in Concourse E and six in Concourse F. 

Atlanta opened a trial Minute Suites location in domestic Concourse B in 2009, with five 7-by-8-foot rooms that cost $34 per hour or $125 overnight. The suites are equipped with noise-suppression systems, making them semi-soundproof. The suites have been so popular that the airport is extending the service to international travelers, who have "significantly more time available on their hands," airport spokesman Reese McCranie told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Since opening the Concourse B suites, Minute Suites has begun operation in Philadelphia International (13 rooms) and Dallas-Fort Worth International (10 rooms). The Dallas location also features two shower rooms. Atlanta is taking cues from Dallas and opening shower service as well, which costs $25 for showering only. 

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