ATLANTA -- After nearly four years and $1.4 billion, the new Maynard H. Jackson, Jr. International Terminal officially opens for business Wednesday.
The new terminal at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport will provide direct flights to 45 countries. Airport planners hope it will become a favorite among international travelers.
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But what does the new terminal mean for Atlantans traveling domestically? How does the new terminal work? Is it easy to access? Here are a few things you need to know about the new international terminal:
Q: How do I drive there?
Driving southbound on the Downtown Connector, international passengers will take I-75 to exit 239 to access the new terminal. Domestic travelers will continue to use I-85. New highway signs will direct drivers. The international terminal has its own parking deck.
Q: Can I take MARTA?
Yes. Both domestic and international passengers will use the same airport stop. A shuttle bus will take passengers from the airport MARTA station to the international terminal.
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Q: Is the international terminal connected to the rest of the airport?
Yes. Domestic passengers can use Hartsfield-Jackson's train system ("Plane Train") to access the international terminal just like any other terminal.
Q: If I'm flying into Atlanta from abroad, but connecting to another domestic city; will I have to carry my bags to the domestic terminal to recheck them?
No. After passing through customs, passengers can claim and recheck their bags in the international terminal before taking the "Plane Train" to their domestic flight.
For more information, visit the Maynard Jackson International Terminal website. It includes maps, driving directions and instructional videos.