ORLANDO, Fla. — An official opening date for Orlando International Airport’s South Terminal C has been announced.
The terminal will open over a two-week period, with international operations beginning Sept. 19 and domestic operations beginning Sept. 26, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority announced during Wednesday’s board meeting.
JetBlue has been confirmed to be in the terminal, and other airlines will be announced at a later date.
“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,” GOAA CEO Kevin Thibault said in a news release. “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 new terminal costs $2.75 billion.
The dates were determined after considering several factors, including volume of passengers, difficulty for airline partners to transition while maintaining operational readiness, the need to continue delivering optimal customer service throughout the entire campus and the proximity to 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 service,” board chairman Carson Good said in a news release. “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.”
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