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Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport opened the doors of its new Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal on May 16, 2012. This long anticipated facility will help Atlanta meet the demands of international travelers in the 21st century. Hartsfield-Jackson is the world’s busiest airport and handled nearly 10 million international passengers in 2011. Millions of international passengers are expected to pass through Atlanta’s new terminal on their way to and from nearly 80 destinations in 50 countries. The airlines operating out of the international terminal are Air Canada, Air France, AirTran/Southwest, British Airways, Delta, KLM Royal Dutch, Korean Air, and Lufthansa.
The international terminal is the result of a decade of planning and construction. The terminal building, the people mover tunnel extension, and the new parking structure were designed by Atlanta Gateway Designers. The new concourse, with its 12 gates, is known as Concourse F. There are separate levels for arriving and departing passengers, with separate security lanes. The facility is LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The new terminal has a sweeping roofline and an attractive glass and metal façade.
Travelers will be able to enjoy world-class shops, restaurants, business services, and personal services in the new international terminal. Retail outlets include Brookstone, Tommy Hilfiger, Mac Cosmetics, Sunglass Icon, InMotion Entertainment, and The Body Shop. There are two duty free locations. Dining options will feature gourmet markets and healthy eating choices, as well as quick food options, bars, and coffee shops. Wi-Fi service will also be available.
Departing international passengers will check in at the new international terminal. Passengers flying out of Atlanta to another U.S. city to connect for their international flight will still check in at the domestic terminal. Atlanta-bound passengers arriving from an international flight will no longer have to recheck their bags. All incoming passengers will pick up their bags at the I.T. baggage claim.
The new international terminal is accessible from a new airport entrance off I-75 at Exit 239. The domestic terminal entrance is off I-85. A free 24-hour shuttle will connect the two terminals. Passengers who are using MARTA transportation to or from the airport will need to take the shuttle to the domestic terminal. Other ground transportation options, including taxis and limos, will be available at the new terminal. Another shuttle will provide transportation to the rental car center. Offsite airport parking shuttles will be able to take passengers to and from the new international terminal. Hotel shuttles will also be available at the international terminal’s ground transportation center.[ad_2]
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