ORLANDO, FL. – The future has a sound and feel at Orlando International Airport (MCO). As bulldozers rumble and pile drivers pound, a transformation has begun south of the airport’s main terminal. The foundation is being laid for MCO’s $1.1 billion expansion and renovation project, the largest in the airport’s history.
Simultaneous construction on the South Airport APM Complex and Intermodal Transportation Facility (ITF), along with enhancements at the North Terminal Facility, will not only change the face of Orlando International Airport but will impact Central Florida’s economic landscape as well. Orlando International contributes an estimated $31 billion annually to the region’s economy.
“By approving the funding for these ambitious and essential projects, the Board has provided the resources necessary to keep moving forward,” said Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Chairman Frank Kruppenbacher. “Our goal is to remain at the forefront of innovation and customer service by building to meet future demand.”
In its continuing effort to prepare for a projected increase in passenger traffic and evolving aviation trends, MCO has initiated several projects to expand capacity, expedite international processing and improve the overall travel experience.
- Improvements to the North Terminal Complex include expansion of the ticket lobbies in Terminals A & B to incorporate new technology and provide greater capacity; baggage system improvements for increased efficiency and security; renovation of curbside canopies; construction of a new central energy plant; and construction of a new north cell phone lot with restrooms.
- Airside 4 improvements include expanding Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities; adding international gates to accommodate larger aircraft; and renovating restroom facilities.
- Automated People Mover (APM) train replacement for Airsides 1 & 3.
- South Airport APM Complex & ITF will increase multi-modal transportation access, which can accommodate up to four rail systems, and provide greater connectivity to the region and the state.
The economic impact will be felt in the creation of jobs and the inclusion of local and minority-owned businesses in the process.
“To ensure participation from minority and small business firms, the Authority has conducted extensive community outreach sessions,” said Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “As a result of those efforts, 296 firms have been pre-qualified to participate in these and future Authority projects.”
There are currently 450 total firms actually working on various construction projects for the Authority. Construction is projected to be completed by the Summer of 2017.
Basic MCO information:
Orlando International Airport, with 35.7 million annual passengers, is the second busiest airport in Florida and 14th busiest in the U.S. The airport has 18,000 employees and generates $31 billion in direct and indirect revenue for the regional economy. Orlando International Airport strives to value and delight its customers through a design concept known as The Orlando Experience®.