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Volunteers needed for international terminal testing
21 March ,2012

News Release
March 21, 2012


Contact: Al Snedeker
(404) 382-2365


Volunteers needed for international terminal testing

ATLANTA — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is seeking volunteers to help test the operational readiness of the international terminal, which is set to open May 16.

The Airport needs about 1,500 volunteers to participate in a simulation exercise May 2 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal. The exercise will simulate a day of operation at the new 1.2 million-square-foot facility.

“We want to make absolutely certain that everything is ready for opening day on May 16,” said interim Deputy General Manager Balram Bheodari. “The goal of the simulation exercise is to identify and eliminate any potential issues related to opening day.”

Those interested in participating in the simulation must complete a brief survey form on the international terminal’s website. Completed surveys must be returned to the Airport via email no later than March 30.

The returned surveys will be evaluated, and selected volunteers will be notified via email. These volunteers will be asked to bring government-issued identification (passports preferred) and at least two pieces of packed luggage to be used in the baggage handling system.

“We need a wide variety of passenger types from diverse backgrounds to really put the facility through its paces during this exercise,” said Bheodari, who heads the Airport’s international terminal activation team. /font>

To get more information and to complete the survey, click www.atlanta-airport.com/InternationalTerminal/news/events.html .

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The Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal opens May 16.
Planning, design and construction of the international terminal project created about 3,000 jobs. Nearly 1,000 jobs are expected to be created to operate and maintain the 1.2 million-square-foot facility. Construction began in summer 2008. The facility connects with the existing international concourse, creating a world-class, 40-gate air travel complex. 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. More than 3,500 parking spaces will be available. The ticketing hall will feature 64 self-service check-in kiosks and 80 ticketing counters. Click www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOrW4lUZrMo&feature=youtu.be to see a video update of the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal. For more information, please visit www.atlanta-airport.com/internationalterminal/.