A new 1.2 million square foot international terminal, the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International terminal will open at Hartsfield Jackson airport in March 2012. The terminal adds 12 gates to the airport and will increase the number of restaurants and shopping boutiques at the airport. Healthier foods as well as gourmet dishes will also be offered in the new terminal. One of the biggest benefits to the new terminal is that international travelers who are arriving into Atlanta as their final destination do not have to recheck their baggage once they arrive. Once they go through immigration and customs, they can grab their baggage and leave the airport.
The terminal’s use of glass metal accents make the terminal both aesthetically pleasing and memorable. The insulated glass in the terminal makes it naturally light and brighter, which can have a positive impact on visitors’ moods. Think about going from a darkened airplane into a brilliantly lit terminal during the daytime hours.
According to Hartsfield Jackson, the construction incorporates sustainability. For example, recycled materials and materials from the region are used. Special paints and carpets with reduced toxins and emissions are used in the terminal. The terminal filters the rain, too. Rainwater is collected on the roof and is filtered before becoming ground water, therefore it’s cleaner when it hits the ground. Among the list of sustainability efforts, the terminal will also have a reduced impact in the environment through reduced gas emission.
People who drive electric vehicles will find that they will be rewarded with closer parking spaces in the hourly parking spaces. Similar spaces are available for vans and carpoolers. The rates for the lots have not been released. In all, 3,500 parking spaces will be added in the two new decks, that will be built to handle the anticipated international traffic. Parking spaces for the new terminal include hourly, Gold Reserve, and Park and Ride spots. Travelers will have to register for the Gold Reserve parking spots. For most other passengers with long-term parking needs, the park and ride spots, a three-minute shuttle ride away from the airport, it their best bet. The free shuttles that take passengers to and from the airport and the parking lot are slated to be available 24 hours a day.
Remember that the new international terminal, terminal F serves only international flights. If you end up in the international terminal and you are taking a domestic flight, you can take a shuttle that will transport you to the domestic travel terminals.
Watch a video of Atlanta Airport’s New International Terminal.
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