International terminal opens for business
Hartsfield-Jackson, City of Atlanta and Delta Air Lines officials welcomed the first outgoing and incoming passengers at the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal as it went into service on May 16.
Aviation General Manager Louis Miller, City of Atlanta Chief of Staff Candace Byrd and Delta CEO Richard Anderson joined for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at F7, where Delta Flight 295 to Tokyo was the official first flight out of Concourse F.
“The opening of the international terminal is huge for Atlanta,” Miller said. “It gives international passengers their own terminal with its own entrance, it ends the baggage recheck process for Atlanta-bound passengers and it enhances the Airport’s overall capacity now and for the future.”
Almost 100 media representatives from around the world as well as from all major news outlets in metro Atlanta snapped photos and took video of that and an earlier ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the Delta Sky Club.
Atlanta Fire Rescue fire trucks provided two water-cannon salutes — first for the departing plane and, about half an hour later, for the first inbound flight to land at Concourse F: Flight 177 from Dublin, Ireland.
Delta pilots cut the ribbon to usher in the first departure flight from the international terminal.
Aviation General Manager Louis Miller addresses the crowd before a ribbon-cutting ceremony at F7.
Flight 295 departs for Tokyo amid a water-cannon salute.
Another water-cannon salute welcomes Delta Flight 177, the first flight to arrive at the international terminal.
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