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International terminal creates 1,700 jobs
By Staff Writers

Since the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal opened on May 16, more than 1,700 jobs — most of them in retail and food and beverage — have been created to operate and maintain the facility.

“The new terminal is helping to put people back to work,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “The international terminal is yet another example that shows when we invest in infrastructure, we create real jobs for families, strengthen the economy and help our city, region and nation remain competitive.”

The planning, design and construction of the international terminal created about 3,000 jobs over a six-year period, and about 150 of those jobs will continue throughout this year. New jobs also were created in the shops and restaurants that have opened recently. Airlines, federal agencies, city contractors and other organizations also increased staffing.

“Many companies doing business at the Airport added staffing to make the new terminal a world-class facility and to meet the growing demand for international air service in Atlanta,” said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller. “In 2011, we experienced a record year, hosting almost 9.9 million international travelers.”

Hartsfield-Jackson is one of the largest employers in Georgia and has a direct economic impact of $32.5 billion for metro Atlanta. The Airport employs about 58,000 people, up from 56,500 in 2005, according to the Airport’s most recent economic impact study.

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