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New boss at Hartsfield-Jackson

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FULTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is known as the busiest airport in the world.

New Interim General Manager Balram Bheodari says those customers are his focus.

"At the end of the day this is the people's airport and that's a goal for us here is to run this airport for the people, not for us," said Bheodari.

He has served as an interim assistant general manager or operations, maintenance and security. He's also been an airport deputy general manager.

He has long term goals for the airport in a 20 year plan to handle continued growth.

"Today we are at 104 million passengers. We may hit a 120, 130 million passengers in the next 20 years. So we have to prepare the airport to meet that demand capacity."

Some state lawmakers are proposing the state take control of the airport prosperous airport.

Bheodari agrees Harstifield-Jackson is strong financially but stresses it's doing just find under the municipal operations that run it now.

"We are doing a lot of good stuff. There should be no inkling in our constituents minds that there is a need for anyone to come and take over a very, very well run well oiled machine today."

Unknown on whether this will be a permanent position, CBS46 asked him directly what are his top three initiatives he wants to tackle immediately.

"Preparing to meet the onslaught of the summer rush is our number one priority, to get our constituents through this airport seamless with as little stress as possible,' said Bheodari. " Number two is to ensure our strong protective measure to protect both our constituents, our stake holders, and the employees that work here. Number three is look at the traffic that is coming through our airport here in terms of privately owned vehicles.

He says the transportation network here sees about 300,000 cars a month and that's expected to grow to 340,000 this year.

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