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Mayor: New Atlanta airport terminal to open May 16

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says a new international terminal at the city's airport will open May 16.

Reed made the announcement Tuesday, after a recent court decision involving airport concession contracts. City officials say a judge's decision to deny an injunction involving concession contracts allows the city to move forward with opening the terminal.

Reed called the opening date a major milestone for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest.

"The opening of the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal is a major milestone for Hartsfield-Jackson airport and the City of Atlanta," Reed said. "The international terminal will strengthen Atlanta's position as the capital of the southeast and a vital global gateway for the United States. Our city has long been a preferred destination for international business and tourism, and I look forward to May 16 when we greet travelers from around the world in this new, state-of-the-art terminal."

The international terminal will eliminate the need for Atlanta-bound passengers to recheck their baggage. Passengers will access the international terminal via I-75 at Exit 239.

Construction of the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal and its 12-gate concourse began in summer 2008 and created about 3,000 jobs. It will take about 1,500 people to manage, operate and maintain the international terminal complex, creating as many as 1,000 jobs.

The facility connects with the existing international concourse, creating a world-class, 40-gate travel complex.

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