Atlanta new airport terminal to be city’s ‘front door’

Posted: March 30, 2012 in Aviation & Airports (General News), USA
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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.

Image of new airport terminal building

Image of new airport terminal building

Its wavy lines, expansive windows and eye-catching artwork offer a stark contrast to the boxy design of the rest of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Airport managers are already expecting an increase in international travelers over the next decade, and they hope the terminal set to open May 16 will convince airlines to route even more of their overseas flights through the city.

“This is America’s new global gateway. It gives international passengers their own facility and it creates a new front door for the airport,” said Al Snedeker, the airport’s spokesman. “And it eases the load on the rest of the facility.”

It was first proposed in 2000 to accommodate the expected surge of international travelers. The airport handled almost 10 million international passengers last year, and the Federal Aviation Administration predicts that number will grow to more than 13 million international passengers by 2015.

The project is the biggest expansion at the airport in more than 15 years. It’s taken four years to build and is so vast workers built a new entrance on a busy interstate highway.

It’s coming to fruition at a time when Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, the airport’s biggest user, is cutting back slightly on international flights amid rising fuel prices. But neither airport officials nor airline executives expect it to have more than a short-term effect.

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By GREG BLUESTEIN
Bloomberg Businessweek / Associated Press


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Comments
  1. livingalifeworthliving says:

    I just hope the airport also focuses on cutting down human trafficking. The bigger it gets, the easier it gets for traffickers.

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