Atlanta opens new airport terminal

The Atlanta airport's new international terminal opened today.

ATLANTA — The new $1.4 billion international terminal at the world’s busiest airport opened today.

The sleek launching pad for millions of passengers is designed to help Atlanta grab a growing share of the lucrative market for global travelers.

The 1.2-million-square-foot terminal opened today after years of planning. Hundreds of passengers and airport employees milled around the terminal, checking out restaurants and watching flights from the expansive windows.

The building’s wavy lines and eye-catching artwork offer a stark contrast to the boxy design of the rest of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Airport managers are already expecting an increase in international travelers over the next decade, and they hope the terminal will convince airlines to route even more of their overseas flights through.