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The new Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr. International Terminal at Atlanta's airport is seen Wednesday, March 28, 2012. The new $1.4 billion international terminal at the world's busiest airport will be a sleek launching pad for millions of passengers that’s designed to help Atlanta grab a growing share of the lucrative market for global travelers. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
ATLANTA — Officials at the world's busiest airport in Atlanta say free Wi-Fi will be available to travelers next year.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport announced Wednesday that it will first reduce the price of airport wireless Internet access to $4.95 a day effective Thursday. Then, officials say they will eliminate the fees entirely in the fall of 2013.
Free Wi-Fi has long been one of the most requested amenities at Atlanta's airport, officials said.
Airport spokeswoman Myrna White says the number of travelers using Wi-Fi at the airport is expected to double or even triple once the service is free. It plans a $1.6 million upgrade of its Wi-Fi system to accommodate the higher demand.
The airport has offered Wi-Fi for a fee since 2005.