Orlando Airport’s Terminal C officially opened Wednesday when an Aer Lingus flight from England landed at the 15-gate building.
The terminal has been under construction for nearly five years and cost $2.8 billion. It will increase the airport’s capacity by 25%, which equates to 10-12 million passengers each year.
JetBlue is the terminal’s anchor airline. Other airlines using the new terminal are Aer Lingus, Azul, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Emirates, GOL, Icelandair, Lufthansa and Norse.
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Terminal C houses 33 retail and food and beverage locations, and more than 1,000 video screens with directional and flight information. Disney, Universal and SeaWorld have stores in the terminal.
Notably absent is the iconic carpet found in Terminals A and B. “There are different carpet patterns at C, but our classic airside carpet pattern will remain as an iconic piece of our Terminals A and B only,” Orlando International Airport said on Twitter.
The airport estimates Terminal C’s airlines will have an annual economic impact of $5.6 billion in Central Florida.
“This day has been a long time coming, but we’re finally here,” said Kevin Thibault, CEO of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “Terminal C is open and what a benefit it is to the community. This state-of-the-art terminal is leading the way to a truly intermodal future for all of Central Florida, where passengers will be able to take a plane, a train or an automobile from one location. Today, the vision has become reality.”
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