Flags raised at international terminal
The international terminal got even more “international” on April 16, as flags from 45 countries were raised on poles lining Maynard H. Jackson Jr. Boulevard.
During a special ceremony, 20 flags were raised by representatives of those nations’ consulates. The flags flying on both sides of the road represent the nations to which passengers can take nonstop flights from the international terminal, beginning May 16.
“Today’s event really speaks to what the international terminal is all about, and that’s making connections,” said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller. “Last year, nearly 10 million international passengers — some on business, some visiting family and friends, some starting new lives in America — traveled through Atlanta. Forecasts call for as many as 13 million by 2015.
“We take great pride in knowing that the international terminal will welcome these passengers and millions more world travelers for decades to come.”
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Federal Security Director Mary Leftridge Byrd and Atlanta City Council members Kwanza Hall and H. Lamar Willis also were on hand for the ceremony, which included a presentation by the TSA Honor Guard and a rendition of the U.S. national anthem by Gabbie McGee.
Stephen Brereton, consul general of Canada, spoke of the facility’s importance to consulates and international businesses.
“We really want to thank you for including us here today on this historic occasion,” Brereton said on behalf of the Atlanta Consular Corps. “I believe my colleagues agree that this investment further strengthens Atlanta’s position as a truly international city. This new facility will be welcomed by the more than 2,800 international businesses that operate in metro Atlanta and those local businesses who travel throughout the world. It will also be welcomed by those of us in the Atlanta Consular Corps, who frequently use this Airport as our departure point from Atlanta and arrival back in Atlanta.
“This important development will also serve, I am sure, to attract even more international visitors and commerce to this vibrant city of the new South.”
Twenty flags were raised by consular representatives during the ceremony. The other 25 flags were raised afterward.
During remarks before the flag-raising ceremony, Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall (right) recognizes Aviation General Manager Louis Miller for his work to keep the international terminal project on track.
Stephen Brereton, consul general of Canada, talks about the international terminal's importance to consulates and international businesses.
A representative of the Japanese consulate raises her nation's flag during the ceremony.
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