ORLANDO, FL. – Orlando International Airport’s South Terminal C has an official opening date. At today’s Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) board meeting, Chief Executive Officer Kevin Thibault announced the new $2.75 billion terminal will open over a two-week period with international operations beginning on September 19, 2022 and domestic operations on September 26, 2022.
“Although we could open before Labor Day, it is best that we transition airline operations and our customers at a period with less passenger travel than our normal peak summer season,” Thibault said. “As we get closer to those dates we will notify the board and the community on various milestones, as well as events to commemorate this exciting opportunity.”
The dates were determined after the careful consideration of several factors:
- Volume of passengers would increase logistical challenges
- Difficulty for airline partners to transition while maintaining operational readiness
- Need to continue delivering optimal customer service throughout entire airport campus
- Opening would more closely mirror the ending/beginning of a new Fiscal Year
“We want to ensure that from day one, Terminal C will be ready to accommodate our growing air service demands while providing the utmost in customer convenience,” said Carson Good, Board Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “Going ‘Beyond The Orlando Experience’ has always been our goal for this facility and we’re confident that when it opens, it will exceed those expectations.”
In other Aviation Authority business, the Board approved payment for GOAA’s annual insurance program for the policy period of May 1, 2022 to May 1, 2023. Renewal premiums for the Airport Operator’s Liability program; Property Insurance; and All Other Lines of insurance combined for an expenditure of more than $10.2 million. The Airport Operator’s Liability premium of $558,025 represented an 11.7% increase over the previous year. Increases in the remaining $9,686,434 worth of premiums were due to a number of reasons:
- Construction costs adjustment to existing building values
- Addition of South Terminal C Phase 1
- Uptick in payroll and revenues
- The market for Privacy Liability continues to be impacted by large losses
- All Other Lines received a flat to minimal increase
This insurance program includes property, business auto, fiduciary liability, pollutions liability, privacy liability, public official’s liability, terrorism insurance, travel accident and workers compensation.
Also at the April board meeting, members voted on a new slate of Board officers for the next two years. Carson Good was selected to continue serving as Chairman; Dr. John Evans, Jr. was chosen as Vice Chairman; Belinda Kirkegard was named Treasurer; and Kevin Thibault will serve as Secretary.