International passengers flying to and from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International will now see a brand new look. Opened in May 2012, the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal presents a new face to the international journey at the world's busiest airport. The new facility will help meet the requirements of increased foreign tours in the coming decades.
The first thing passengers flying from Atlanta are noticing a new entry to the airport. Passengers will have access to a new international terminal from the east side of the airport, outside I-75 at Exit 239. The main terminal, which now only processes domestic flights, is still accessible from the original I-85 airport entrance. The international terminal has its own car park on this side of the airport. A free 24-hour shuttle service is provided between the two terminals.
Eight airlines operate international flights from a new facility. These airlines are Air Canada, Air France, AirTran / Southwest, British Airways, Delta, KLM Royal Dutch, Korean Air and Lufthansa. Atlanta Airport now has 40 international gates, 12 in the new F and 28 in the existing E hall. Passengers are now able to fly to nearly 80 destinations in 50 countries. Upon completion of the merger, AirTran / Southwest is expected to add new routes to the Caribbean and Mexico. Other airlines are expected to add more routes to Asia and South America.
The new terminal has an attractive design, with a sweeping roof and floating glass windows. The device is LEED certified. Passengers will notice several magnificent works of art, as the city requires 1% of the investment cost to be devoted to public art. Passengers will have different dining options at the new international terminal. The selection will include restaurants, tapas bar, gourmet market, fast food, bars and Starbucks. Retail stores will include Clutch, Brookstone, The Body Shop, Touch Table, Simply Books and Tommy Hilfiger. Business services, personalized services and Wi-Fi are also available.
There are separate security checkpoints for arriving and departing passengers. Returning home travelers in Atlanta will find that they no longer have to check their bags again after handling customs and immigration. They will be able to keep their bags and leave the airport.
Some new land transport options, including taxis, will be available in the new terminal. A shuttle service takes you to the car rental center. The on-site and out-of-Prague car parks will pick up and leave at the international terminal. MARTA passengers will have to take the shuttle to the main terminal.