Already the busiest airport on Earth, Hartsfield-Jackson hit a new milestone in 2011, with close to 10 million international passengers passing through, alongside close to 70,000 international flight movements. According to the FAA, the passenger-handling level is set to have surpassed 13 million by the end of December 2015.
Positioned on the eastern side of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal should originally have been operational in 2006, but has experienced a protracted development period. Now, it will open for business on 16 May 2012, according to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
New Atlanta Terminal
The new Atlanta terminal takes its name from the late Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr - Atlanta's first African-American Mayor - who passed away in 2003.
"The opening of the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal is a major milestone for Hartsfield-Jackson airport and the City of Atlanta", Mayor Reed told media representatives. He added: "The international terminal will strengthen Atlanta's position as the capital of the southeast and a vital global gateway for the United States.
"Our city has long been a preferred destination for international business and tourism, and I look forward to May 16 when we greet travelers from around the world in this new, state-of-the-art terminal."
Approximately 3,000 workers have so far been involved in the Atlanta Maynard Jackson terminal project and, once finished, a 1,500-strong workforce will be required to oversee and maintain it.
International Atlanta Terminal Opening
The Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal boasts a 12-gate concourse and is linked up to the international concourse already in place. That means, as a result of the international Atlanta terminal opening, Hartsfield-Jackson International will have 40 international gates and, in the new terminal, 64 additional check-in kiosks and 80 more ticketing counters.
Architecturally, the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal features a cambered roof design, a blend of smooth curves and angular framework and extensive use of glass.
"The Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal has a focus on efficiency and customer-friendly design, so it will serve our international guests well now and in the future", Louis Miller - the airport's Aviation General Manager - commented.
Airport International will revisit Hartsfield-Jackson International's new terminal in future News coverage.
Source: Airport International