|More travelers than ever before will be passing through Atlanta's
airport since the Maynard H. Jackson terminal opened on May 16.
Passengers aboard Delta Flight 177 from Dublin, Ireland, were the first to arrive at the international terminal’s 12-gate Concourse F. The first departure from the 1.2 million-square-foot facility was Delta Air Lines Flight 295 to Tokyo, Japan.“The Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal is America’s new global gateway,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “This magnificent facility is an economic catalyst for the city of Atlanta, the state of Georgia and the entire southeastern United States, and it will help create jobs and new business opportunities for years to come.”
Positioned at the apex of Europe and Latin America, Atlanta is a hub of international flight. Already direct flights to 165 destinations in Central and South America, as well as 115 destinations in Europe are offered through the airport. With a new international terminal, Atlanta can accommodate even more international flights. “The Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal will take advantage of Atlanta’s geographical advantages to capture additional international visitation,” said William Pate, president and CEO of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The opening of the new terminal coincides with a push from the United States to increase international visitation. Brand USA, a $200 million marketing campaign designed to attract international travelers, has the potential to bring an additional $859 billion in economic output to the U.S by 2020. Over the next five years, overseas visitation to the United States is expected to rise 54 percent.
Information courtesy of Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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