ORLANDO, FL. — The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Board voted to expand the scope of the South Terminal Complex (STC) project at Orlando International Airport (MCO). At its May meeting, the Board approved adding three new gates, which can accommodate up to six narrow body aircraft, to the previously approved 16-gate Phase 1 configuration.
“As the busiest airport in the state of Florida, Orlando International serves as a gateway for the most visited destination in the country with a recently reported 72 million annual visitors to the Orlando region,” says Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “The expansion will help meet the current and projected growth in passenger traffic and airline service.”
The three additional gates can be operated in either a domestic or international mode and will further balance the needs of passengers and airlines by providing:
- Ease of access to flights
- Comfortable areas
- Minimum wait times
- Additional dining and shopping opportunities
- Gate availability
- Enhanced connection times
- Maintains competitive cost of operations
- Ability to grow
Today, the Board also authorized a Memorandum of Understanding with JetBlue Airways that provides for JetBlue to operate both domestic and international flights from the South Terminal C (STC) when it opens. JetBlue’s move to the South Terminal will enable the airline to grow to 100+ daily departures from Orlando International Airport in the years to come. In addition to JetBlue, the Aviation Authority anticipates that 12 other airlines with international service will operate from the first phase of the new STC.
Recent record growth to more than 45 million annual passengers, with projected continued increases, has created the need to expand the original South Terminal project. In order to meet increasing demand by passengers and airlines, the Board also approved an updated Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to address the need for greater convenience.
The CIP is a multi-year plan of major capital projects linked to the Aviation Authority’s strategic goals. The updated CIP incorporating this project and others, including North Terminal equipment system updates, checkpoint expansion and ground transportation road enhancements will total $4.27 billion.
“With today’s action, the Board’s decision also authorizes the Aviation Authority to seek approval from the FAA to use Passenger Facility Charges to fund a significant portion of the project,” said Phil Brown, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Chief Executive Officer.
The Phase I expanded project is projected to open in the Spring of 2021.
Basic MCO information:
Ranked by J.D. Power “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Mega Airports” in 2017. With more than 45 million annual passengers, MCO is the busiest airport in Florida and 11th busiest in the U.S. MCO has 21,000 badged employees and generates $31 billion in revenue for the regional economy. Orlando International Airport strives to value and delight its customers through an airport-wide design concept known as The Orlando Experience®