Orlando International’s New Terminal C to Provide First Class Service for International Travelers
Just a couple of years ago the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) board members voted to approve a new design for the Orlando International Airport. This was for the new South Terminal Complex and construction of Terminal C, Phase 1 project. This is an update on this Orlando airport expansion progress.
Construction officially began on the $2.15 billion project on January 22, 2018. Today, the project is approximately 20% complete and is on schedule to be in service by 2021. The project now carries an estimated cost of $2.8 billion – the most expensive public-works project on record in Central Florida.
So what does all this mean for Orlando’s present and future travel industry and vacation rental clientele?
First, the 300-acre construction site, which sits about a mile south of Terminals A and B, provides construction jobs for about 300 workers on a daily basis. Once complete, it has been reported that Terminal C will maintain a peak workforce of about 2,500, which will be a boon for central Florida’s travel labor market.
For our international friends that love vacation rentals, this means that Orlando will be that much more accessible for global travel. The city has been working on increasing its appeal for international travel to Central Florida for many years now.
Increased Capacity at Orlando international Airport
According to Orlando International’s airport director Phil Brown, terminals A and B are set up to optimally handle up to 40 million passengers annually. However, these terminals have actually been handling almost 48 million travelers. With the addition of terminal C, Orlando airport expansion can increase “reasonably by another 11 million.”
Terminal C Orlando International Airport
In addition to increased capacity, Terminal C, which will offer service from JetBlue among other airlines. The expansion will also feature state of the art architectural concepts such as soaring hallways with an abundance of windows and ceiling skylights. Currently, all of the nearly 3,500 foundation pilings and steel framing have been installed as the “soaring roof” structure begins to take shape.
The three-floor facility, also known as the “South Terminal” will be adjacent to the South APM Complex and Intermodal Terminal Facility. This is expected to cater particularly to the needs of international travelers. As passengers exit off carriers and pass thru their gates, they will be routed thru spacious corridors. This will lead them to an array of restaurants, lounges, a palm court plaza, and baggage claim and passport control areas.
Initially, the Orlando airport expansion is projected that 19 out of a total of 60 gates are set to open in 2021. The remaining gates will be soon to follow. Even further into the future, a Terminal D is in the planning stages which is said to propose even another 60 gates.
Even the initial Orlando airport expansion is sure to relieve congestion from terminals A and B. International travelers will no longer be routed thru gates bringing millions of domestic Disney goers to Orlando on an annual basis.
At OVH360, we strongly feel this capital investment in tourism will be highly attractive. This will encourage international travelers to return to Central Florida and will reap dividends for years to come. Orlando vacation homes are extremely popular with international travelers now, and this demand will only grow as a result of this.
Check back soon as we will continue to track the progress of the South Terminal construction and Orlando airport expansion.
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