Business and Civics Leaders Gather for Dedication
More than 1,100 guests gathered on the evening May 3, 2012, to dedicate the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal, which will soon be the newest gateway to the world from the United States.
Valerie Jackson, widow of the international terminal’s namesake, joined Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, Aviation General Manager Louis Miller, Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson and others for remarks, a portrait unveiling and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility, set to begin operations May 16.
A portrait of former Atlanta Mayor Maynard H. Jackson Jr. was unveiled by Reed and Valerie Jackson. The portrait hangs in the ticketing hall of the international terminal.
Atlanta’s Mayor Reed proclaimed, “This magnificent building represents years of determination, hard work and vision on the part of thousands of people.” Reed added, “The opening of the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal also heralds a new era of international opportunity for Atlanta, strengthening the city’s position as a global gateway for the United States and as a preferred destination for business and tourism.”
Aviation Manager, Louis Miller, said, “Our goal is to make sure travelers choose Atlanta. I am certain — and I think you’ll agree when you have a look around — that the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal and its Concourse F will serve as a positive, welcoming first impression of our city for all those coming to do business here and will further the city’s reputation as a cutting-edge leader.”
The new international terminal and concourse F covers 1.2 million-square-feet and hosts a new Federal Inspection Station for US Customs and Border Protection to efficiently process passengers arriving into the United States.
The new terminal connects with the existing international concourse E. On May 16, 2012, when the new terminal opens, the result will be a world-class air travel complex between concourses E and F with 40 gates for international departures and arrivals, along with a grand assortment of merchants to meet every need — including duty-free shopping.
The new setup will allow Atlanta-bound passengers to exit to Atlanta into the new Jackson Terminal. Passengers ending their journey here will no longer have to re-check luggage as they exit to Atlanta.
The international terminal, built on the east side of the airfield is completely separate from the main north and south terminal facility on the west side of the field. Passengers and guests will access the new international terminal via I-75 at Exit 239. More than 3,500 parking spots are available, including 1,100 short-term parking spots via a connected parking garage.
Here’s a video update on the new terminal and it’s facilities provided by Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport:
Welcome to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport!