Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Opens New Terminal and Delta SkyClub
Today marks the official opening of the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal at Atlanta’a Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Concourse F spans 1.2 million-square-feet and includes 12-gates capable of handling wide-bodied planes. It provides a second front door to the airport, security checkpoints, U.S. Customs facility, two parking structures, state-of-the-art Delta Sky Club, and an extension to the people mover train and baggage claim area. There will also be a 24-hour shuttle service connecting passengers to the domestic terminals, domestic parking facilities, and the airport MARTA station. The new terminal will make international travel much easier by eliminating the need for Atlanta-destined passengers to recheck their bags. Airlines operating out of the new terminal: Delta Air Lines, AirTran/Southwest, Air Canada, Air France, British Airways, KLM, Korean Air, and Lufthansa. All of this comes with a $1.4 billion price tag.
I was very excited to be at Concourse F on opening day so I could finally see everything and most importantly experience the new Delta Sky Club. The Club features mezzanine level views of ATL’s south runway, exclusive international art, and the first Beats by Dr. Dre Lounge. The amenities don’t stop there. There is a full service bar, eight upscale shower suites, private work areas, and cyber bars to recharge before you takeoff. There is room for 300 people so bring your friends!
For all the accommodations provided by the new terminal, there are a couple things to keep in mind. For passengers driving from Atlanta, the new international entrance is off I-75 at exit 239, not the normal domestic entrance off I-85. The city has unveiled new signs directing you to the correct terminal, but expect some confusion early on. Also, if you are flying internationally but first have a U.S. connection, then you should check-in at the domestic terminal because the first leg of your trip is domestic. On that note, if you park at the international terminal and have a connection in a U.S. city coming back, you’ll likely arrive at the domestic terminal. If you go to the wrong terminal to check-in or arrive at a different terminal than you parked, you will need to take the airport shuttle service to the correct place.