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    Default Orlando Airport Set For $1.8Billion Expansion

    OK, this has been in the works for a while, but it has now officially been given the go-ahead:

    ORLANDO, FL — The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Board unanimously approved the spending plan that will initiate construction of a new South Terminal Complex at Orlando International
    Airport. At Wednesday’s board meeting, a revised Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for FY 2016-2023 that includes the $1.8 billion South Terminal Complex (STC) Phase 1-Terminal C was sanctioned by
    the seven-member Board.



    “The CIP reflects the growth of our global appeal as an international travel gateway for business and leisure,” said Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “To enhance
    our capacity to accommodate projected passenger increases, it is essential we move forward with South Terminal construction sooner rather than later.”

    Phase 1 of the STC project will include the following elements:

    • Landside building
    • Airside building
    • Apron, fueling, secure road and airfield
    • Public parking and rental car
    • Ground transportation
    • Roads, utilities, drainage and sitework
    • GSE support


    “Funding for the South Terminal Complex will come from several sources,” said Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “A combination of grants, Aviation Authority funds,
    bonds and Passenger Facility Charges will be used to pay for this expansive and necessary project.”

    Recent record-setting passenger statistics at Orlando International Airport (MCO) have given new urgency to plans to increase the airport’s capacity and ability to deliver the highest level of
    customer service. In May of 2015, the GOAA Board revised the thresholds that would trigger construction of the STC to 38.5 million total annual passengers and two million international
    passengers on a rolling 12-month average for a period of six months. The international passenger threshold has already been met and the total passenger threshold is expected to be met in May
    2016.

    For the 2015 calendar year, MCO set all-time records with 38.8 million passengers and more than five million international passengers.
    Construction on Phase 1 of the South Terminal Complex could begin as early as the first quarter of 2017 and be operational by 2019. The scope of the project includes the following details:

    • The South Terminal Complex and associated apron/taxiway, will encompass approximately 300 acres
    • The total building program will comprise 2.7 million square feet
    • The airside terminal will have the ability to serve both international and domestic flights
    • The 16-24 gates will accommodate Narrowbody, Jumbo and Super Jumbo aircraft
    • The complex includes a 6 story 5,000 expanded Car Parking Garage
    • This project will follow the Sustainable Management Plan (SMP) for a planned LEED v4 BD +C New Construction project

    The CIP is a multi-year plan of major capital projects that establishes target years for implementation of projects and options for funding. The CIP is linked to GOAA’s strategic goals and projects are
    derived from the Authority’s Master Plan process.

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    Sounds like they are building a completely separate terminal, so other than maybe a few roadworks when they connect new roads to the old there shouldn't be any disruption while it is getting built.

    "Operational by 2019", if only UK airports could expand so fast!
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    Yes, it will be its own terminal and most people using the airport likely won't even see it. The connecting tramway is well under construction, which people should notice on international flights, but there shouldn't be any disruption to the existing terminal.

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