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New Atlanta Terminal Has 'Topping Out' Ceremony


top story photo The final piece of structural steel on Tuesday was placed in the new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Delta CEO Richard Anderson joined airport General Manager Ben DeCosta, A.A.E., and others for the "topping out" of the 1.2 million-square-foot international terminal.

"The Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal represents economic stimulus, sound fiscal management, a focus on efficiency and customer-friendly design," DeCosta said. "But most importantly, this facility represents a forward-thinking investment in the future of international travel into and out of metro Atlanta."

Construction on the international terminal began in summer 2008 and is scheduled to be complete in the spring 2012. The international terminal will have 12 gates, nine security checkpoint lanes for international departing passengers and six recheck lanes for domestic connecting passengers. It will eliminate the need for Atlanta-bound international passengers to recheck their baggage after they clear customs.

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