For the most part, feedback at the end of the day was "extremely positive," he said.
Carla Plouin, a marketing and communications consultant, gave it a passing grade. She liked the abundant charging stations for electronic devices and appreciated the park-and-ride lot, which was covered, unlike similar lots at the north and south terminals.
Now running her own business, Ms. Plouin will use the airport less frequently than when she coordinated international trade missions for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. But now, the France native said, she'll be able to travel more for fun.
Linda Mitchell had the same idea. Although she works as an executive assistant for an Atlanta-based subsidiary of German giant Siemens, she's only been outside the U.S. once. She hopes the terminal will be her jumping off point for excursions to places like Belize, France, even Germany.
"This was the perfect place to see how everything is going to be, how everything moves, and I think they are doing a great job," Ms. Mitchell said.
The terminal is expected to handle 13 million passengers per year by 2015, up from 10 million in 2011.
The 1.2 million-square-foot facility is generating buzz as its opening day approaches. It was the theme of Global Connect, an international networking event held downtown on the evening of May 3.
Speaking at the event, Mayor Kasim Reed praised the new terminal before joining other dignitaries there for a reception by airport General Manager Louis Miller.
Another Global Connect guest, Arnaldo Ruiz, the airport's assistant general manager for customer service, outlined the facility's advantages, including the fact that passengers ending their journeys in Atlanta would no longer have to recheck bags and or pass through security checkpoints.
A main concern for airport officials is mitigating confusion about how to access the terminal. While many travelers are accustomed to using the existing entrance on Interstate 85, international travelers will be required to access the terminal via exit 239 on I-75.
On May 2, digital signs had been posted to alert travelers to the upcoming changes. Permanent signs had been set up but will remain covered with black tarps until the terminal opens on May 16.