Flying in and out of Orlando is about to get a lot more enjoyable. As of September 20, 2022, Terminal C is officially open after a $2.8 billion investment.
Orlando International Airport (MCO) has been notorious for long lines and a hectic check-in and security experience, but (hopefully) with the arrival of this new terminal, some relief is on the way.
While the quirky airside carpet may be a fan favorite, getting to it can sometimes take hours. But with the addition of a brand new 1.2 million square foot terminal, international (and some domestic) passengers will now have a brand new, expedited experience.
Let’s take a look at the new terminal and what you can expect if you find yourself flying through this increasingly busy airport.
Orlando International Airport Terminal C Concourse circulation
Image Credit: Matt Good via Fentress Architects
The massive project was designed by Fentress Architects and adds 15 new gates that can accommodate up to 20 aircraft, including narrow-body, jumbo, and super-jumbo jets.
Terminal C is expanding on “The Orlando Experience,” which will provide the expected 12 million annual passengers with the aesthetic of air, water, and sky throughout their journey.
In addition to modern security and ticketing areas, there are options for shopping and dining with natural light throughout. There are also public art installations and immersive and interactive CGI content. Kids and adults may have as much fun at the airport as they do at the theme parks … well, almost.
“Terminal C will be so much more than a transfer point from one place to another. It will serve as a multimodal memorable entryway for passengers visiting, living, and working in the region,” said Kevin Thibault, CEO of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
The new terminal will also soon link to the Brightline rail system that currently runs from Miami through South Florida.
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