Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal — Arrivals Level
n May 16, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport opened its new gateway to the world, the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal.
The opening coincides with record numbers of international passengers and flight operations at Hartsfield-Jackson. In 2011, Hartsfield-Jackson welcomed 9.86 million international passengers — and the numbers are only going to get bigger. The Federal Aviation Administration estimates that Atlanta will handle more than 13 million international passengers by 2015.
The new Concourse F adds its 12 gates to the 28 gates on Concourse E, resulting in a 40-gate international air travel complex that reduces the demand on the domestic terminal facilities — such as baggage handling systems, The Plane Train automated people mover and security checkpoints. The result is a faster and easier experience for domestic passengers as well as those flying internationally.
This cutting-edge, LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) facility connects travelers from throughout the world with 160 U.S. destinations. For those traveling from the United States, the international terminal is the gateway to nearly 70 destinations in more than 45 countries.
The 1.2 million-square-foot terminal and concourse offer several benefits for travelers:
• The baggage recheck process is eliminated for Atlanta-bound passengers, who now simply collect their checked luggage and exit the building.
• There is a separate entrance to the international terminal from Interstate 75 (Exit 239), and international travelers also have their own parking facilities, with hourly, Gold Reserve and Park-Ride options.
• Many world-class retail and food and beverage outlets are available at the international terminal.
• 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," said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller.
Because all facets of international travel now are separated from domestic operations, it's important for travelers to consider their plans before they depart for the Airport.
Those who are flying to another U.S. city before their ultimate international destination check in at the domestic terminal. They get to the Airport via Interstate 85, as before.
Travelers flying directly to an international city need to check in at the international terminal. They get there via the new route on Interstate 75.
What happens if travelers mistakenly arrive at the wrong terminal for their flights? There is a shuttle between the international terminal and the domestic terminal, so a short shuttle ride resolves the problem.
That shuttle also gives international travelers access to MARTA and the city of Atlanta. Another shuttle takes travelers to the Airport's rental car center.
In addition to its many practical advantages, the international terminal offers spectacular views of the airfield for passengers and features several impressive, large-scale art installations.
An Atlanta city ordinance dedicates 1 percent of eligible capital construction budgets to the arts, and this money has been put to good use at the international terminal. Each piece represents the finest artistic merit and vision and is sure to be enjoyed by passengers from around the world.
One of the most-talked-about installations is "airFIELD," a suspended sculpture by Uebersee that resembles a bird in flight. The illusion of motion is produced by electronic pulses, which are synced to the movements of arriving and departing aircraft and flow through the piece's 1,440 acrylic pixels, changing their transparency.
Another art installation serves both functional and aesthetic purposes. "Veneers" by Amy Landesberg is a vibrant art wall that divides the secure and sterile areas in the pedestrian corridor between concourses E and F. Each panel has an artistic representation of an extinct or endangered wood grain in a stained-glass appearance, allowing light to cascade through it onto the walkways and bathe the passengers in color.
Construction of the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal and its 12-gate concourse began in summer 2008. International travelers are finding that it was well worth the wait.