New, innovative terminal set to open at OIA this year

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando International Airport (MCO) is set to open a new terminal this year that will highlight innovation, technology and sustainability, and bring millions of more travelers through its gates.

The new three-level terminal, South Terminal C, will encompass 300 acres and add 15 new gates to the airport and will allow for an additional 10-12 million passengers annually.

According to a news release from OIA, the new 2.5 million square foot Terminal C will debut the next generation of “The Orlando Experience®: a seamless, low-touch environment with an exciting combination of concession offerings, immersive media displays and an unparalleled sense of arrival.”


Terminal C includes an Early Bag Storage robotic system and a state-of-the-art Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) tote system that tracks luggage in real time and is faster than conventional baggage conveyor systems.

“The combination of sophisticated design and innovation truly puts people first in a world-class facility that will deliver “The Orlando Experience®” and more the minute they set foot inside,” said Carolyn Fennell, Senior Director of Public Affairs and Community Relations of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “Orlando International Airport, the main gateway to Florida and one of the country’s most popular leisure destinations, is preparing for the future of travel with this impressive construction endeavor.”

The terminal will feature a more efficient screening process with 100% automated lanes for international departures and arrivals.

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Incoming passengers will enjoy top-floor arrivals with streamlined luggage collection on the same level.

“Some terminals are designed for airlines or aircraft. Orlando International Airport’s new Terminal C is designed for people. The Aviation Authority wanted its new world class terminal to be the beginning of a visitor’s vacation by bringing Florida’s trademark flora inside,” said Bill Brooks, PE, HNTB senior program director for the architect of record team. “Inviting water, garden and light into Orlando’s terminal and grounds have long been a core element of The Orlando Experience®.”

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According to airport officials, this is the largest expansion project undertaken in the airport’s history.

The project is nearly 90% complete and will open later this year.

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