in the news
The opening of the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal and the events leading up to it were big news not only in Atlanta and throughout Georgia but also around the nation and world.
On May 2, more than 1,600 volunteers participated in a run-through at the terminal to test its readiness for opening day. The event was covered by WXIA-TV Channel 11 (not available online), WGCL-TV Channel 46 (not available online), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WABE-FM 90.1 and GlobalAtlanta.
Celebratory events leading up to opening day also received coverage. A ribbon-cutting invitation-only event on May 3 was covered by local networks WSB-TV Channel 2, WAGA-TV Channel 5 and WXIA-TV Channel 11 (not available online) as well as WSB-AM 750 and the SaportaReport blog. WXIA’s Hapeville community site posted a photo gallery from the evening.
The open house for the public on May 5 garnered coverage from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
But the big news was the official opening of the long-awaited international terminal on May 16. This event was covered by all local television affiliates, which did live broadcasts throughout the day, as well as the Associated Press, USA Today (story, behind-the-scenes feature and photo gallery), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (story, editorial, background story, economic impact story, “what you need to know” piece and historical perspective), Creative Loafing, GlobalAtlanta (article and video), Condé Nast Traveler, WABE-FM 90.1, German publication Welt Online and Deutschlandradio.com (Germany).
In other news:
- One more thing about the international terminal: Its artwork continues to wow spectators and receive attention from the media, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Terminal U blog.
- So what’s next for Hartsfield-Jackson? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Athens Banner-Herald explored some potential projects that the future may hold at the Airport.
- New concessions opportunities at the Airport continued to make news. What Now Atlanta reported on the upcoming Ecco restaurant in the international terminal, and the Jaunted blog gave an overview of the shopping and dining options on Concourse F. The Eater site offered its recommendations for where to dine in both the domestic and international terminals.
- One Flew South isn’t new at the Airport but still makes news for its excellent cuisine. Bayou Buzz named the eatery one of the world’s best airport restaurants, and a CNN piece cited it as part of a growing trend to offer airport food that is not merely palatable but also exceptional.
- “Recycle Runway,” the fashion show of Nancy Judd’s “eco-trash” designs on Concourse E, was featured by the Ecouterre newsletter.
- GlobalAtlanta reported on the Airport’s plans, pending budget approval, to roll out versions of its website in multiple languages.
- Travel Agent Central alerted readers to the addition of Sunwing Airlines’ service to Atlanta and gave an overview of the international terminal, from which the flights operate.