ATLANTA -- It doesn't open for another month, but designers and crews at the Maynard Jackson International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport are working around the clock to get everything in perfect shape for opening day.
The terminal is almost four years in the making and comes with a $1.4 billion price tag. The 1.2 million square foot terminal and concourse will facilitate direct flights to 45 countries. Concourse F will connect with existing Concourse E, also an international terminal; between the two, the airport will have 40 international gates.
PHOTO GALLERY | Inside Atlanta airport's new international terminal
Most of the 85 ticketing stations are manned by Delta Airlines, with several others represented, including Air Canada and Korean Air. The concourse includes 12 gates, nine restaurants and 12 new shops. It's connected to the rest of the airport by train.
Drivers can access the terminal from Interstate 75 via exit 239. It is also MARTA accessible; a complimentary shuttle will take passengers from the airport MARTA stop to the new terminal, a 12-minute ride.
The terminal, built to attract international travelers to Atlanta and designed with comfort and convenience in mind, comes complete with a mini-spa, two lounges, a group of sleeping pods, more gate seating and computer plug-in desks.
Passengers will also notice artwork throughout, including a crystal chandelier near the atrium and a hanging sculpture that changes colors when a plane takes off or lands.
A dedication is scheduled for May 3, after which officials will secure the terminal. The first international flight will depart fromthe terminal on May 16.