ORLANDO, FL. – Encouraging passenger traffic statistics at Orlando International Airport (MCO) and the availability of Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) grant funds have prompted plans to add back previously deferred portions of Phase One of South Terminal C. During today’s Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Board meeting, the Board voted to accept more than $17.8 million in state funding for design and construction work at Terminal C. Two separate Public Transportation Grant Agreements (PTGA) from FDOT will be matched with funds from GOAA.
One PTGA in the amount of $14.3 million provides 50 percent funding to complete construction of the Ground Transportation Facility Pedestrian Bridge. The enclosed walkway will provide a seamless connection to Terminal C for passengers arriving in the Intermodal Terminal Facility (ITF) via Automated People Mover (APM) from the North Terminal or via Brightline.
The second PTGA of $3.512 million will provide an additional 50 percent funding for design and construction phase services for the South Terminal Complex.
GOAA will match the $17,812,000 grant total with a combination of Capital Expenditure Funds, Passenger Facility Charges (PFC), General Airport Revenue Bonds (GARB), Customer Facility Charges (CFC), PFC-backed bonds and Aviation Authority funds to the extent eligible.
Pilot Program Looking to Add Mobile Vending Options
A trial program for mobile vending services on the first level of the North Terminal was approved by the Board. Level one at MCO is dedicated to ground transportation and on-site rental car concessionaires. Due to supply chain and staffing challenges presented by COVID, passengers are experiencing longer lines and wait times and demand for food and beverage options has increased.
GOAA staff will issue a Letter of Interest to its current small businesses, proposing opportunities for mobile vending on the airport’s first level. Interested businesses will be asked to submit a plan outlining their concept, hours of operation and space requirements.
Disadvantaged Business Fund Parameters Established
At the September Board meeting, a GOAA-funded program to assist disadvantaged businesses was approved. Final details of the Concession Operator Pandemic Grant Fund were presented to the board today. The $2 million fund will aid in-terminal, ACDBE concessionaires suffering pandemic related revenue losses.
GOAA staff developed an application, eligibility criteria, award criteria, maximum award amount and contractual obligations for grantees. To qualify for an award, applicants will need to verify a number of eligibility requirements and provide certain financial details and disclosures.
Noise Abatement Committee Chairman Appointed
The Aviation Noise Abatement Committee (ANAC) has enjoyed consistent leadership since its inception in 1978. But for the first time in 43 years, David Konstan will not be serving as Chairman. Mr. Konstan tendered his resignation last month as the first and only Chairman in ANAC’s history. The Board appointed Simon Snyder, a long-serving ANAC member and ANAC Vice Chairman, as Mr. Konstan’s successor for the remainder of his term, which expires in April 2022. Snyder has served on the Committee since 1999.
ANAC is a volunteer citizen committee that reviews noise complaints and recommends changes in aircraft operational procedures to reduce aircraft noise in the community. The committee is technically supported in an advisory capacity by GOAA’s Noise Abatement Officer, the FAA’s Orlando ATC Tower personnel, land planners from local jurisdictions and noise/land use consultants. Public meetings are advertised and held monthly.
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