By Maria-Jose Subiria
Airport officials announced the location of the long-term parking facility at the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, on Wednesday.
The facility, which includes five levels, with about 2,500 parking spaces, will be less than a mile from the 1.2-million-square-foot terminal, and will be located on Aviation Boulevard, in Atlanta, near Loop Road, said Al Snedeker, spokesman for Hartsfield-Jackson.
The facility's construction will begin in March, he said.
"This is an ideal location for our Atlanta-based international passengers," added Louis Miller, aviation general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson. "It's very convenient and will provide quick access to the new international terminal when it opens in spring 2012."
Once the long-term parking facility is open for service, there will be a shuttle ride, of approximately four minutes, that will connect the facility with the international terminal, said Snedeker.
Currently, a short-term parking structure is being constructed near the front door of the international terminal, said Snedeker. The structure has about 1,100 parking spaces, he said.
"The announcement of the long-term parking location is the latest of many milestones for the international terminal," said Snedeker.
He said several other accomplishments associated with the international terminal occurred in 2010, including:
The Plane Train tunnel was extended to link Concourse E to Concourse F, at the international terminal. The combination of departing gates of both concourses will create a 40-gate international gateway for Atlanta.
There was significant progress on the installation of baggage handling systems
Paving began on ramp No. 9
The arrivals level experienced the installation of wall finishes and floor tiles
Construction of the international terminal began in the summer of 2008, said Snedeker. The terminal will eliminate the need to recheck baggage after going through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspection, for Atlanta-bound international passengers, he said.