Major Airport Roadway Lane Shift First Highly Visible Construction Project to Impact Travelers at Orlando International Airport

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South APM Construction
South Entrance Road Lane Shift

ORLANDO, FL. — The $3.1 billion Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) approved by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority board, is taking shape at Orlando International Airport. A key component of the progress, that will impact everyone departing the airport to the south, can be seen with the re-routing of southbound Jeff Fuqua Blvd. The new route takes travelers on a sky bridge overlooking the future Intermodal Terminal Facility (ITF) and South Airport Automated People Mover Complex. The new roadway is scheduled to open to traffic on June 8, 2016.

The multi-year plan of major capital projects establishes target years for implementation of projects based on expected annual passengers, as well as establishing options for funding. The program of investment and improvement is linked to GOAA’s strategic goals and projects are developed from the Authority’s Master Plan process.

The CIP for FY 2016-2023 includes projects to enhance the North Terminal Complex (NTC), construction of the South Airport Automated People Mover (APM) Complex and Intermodal Terminal Facility (ITF), along with funding for the $1.8 billion South Terminal Complex (STC) Phase 1-Terminal C project to begin in early 2017.

GOAA Capital Improvement Plan (2016-2023)

“Responding to passenger demand and supporting the dynamic growth in Central Florida have always been hallmarks of our phased development philosophy,” said Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Chairman Frank Kruppenbacher. “This plan reflects the growth of our global appeal as an international travel gateway for business and leisure.”

The objectives of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority’s Capital Improvement Plan are to both upgrade and create new facilities that will set the standard for excellence in customer service. Projects include:

North Terminal Complex

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Expanded Ticket Hall North Cell Lot New APM Trains
  • Ticket lobby expansion to incorporate new technology and provide greater capacity
  • Baggage system improvements for increased efficiency
  • North Terminal cell phone waiting lot
  • Replacing Automated People Mover (APM) trains to Gates 1-59

Airside 4

Expanded Federal Inspection Station New International Gates Nursing Rooms
  • Expanding capacity for international arrivals processing
  • Adding international gates to accommodate the industry’s largest aircraft
  • Additional central energy plant
  • Restroom renovations
  • Rooms for nursing mothers

South Airport APM Complex & Intermodal Terminal Facility

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  • North Terminal Complex capacity reliever
  • Automated People Mover (APM) System from NTC
  • Accommodations for up to 4 rail systems
  • 2,400 Car Garage
  • Ground Transportation Facility
  • Remote Check-In

Construction work on the ticket lobbies, Airside 4 and South Airport APM complex, including the State of Florida-funded Intermodal Terminal Facility for rail initiatives, will occur simultaneously. Design and construction work are already underway and major completion of the projects is expected in 2018. When completed, the North Terminal Facility expansion and renovation projects will increase the facility’s capacity up to 45 million annual passengers. The North Terminal was originally designed to process 24 million annual passengers.

South Airport APM Complex Project Facts

338 acres cleared
2697 tons Reinforcing steel in place
116 tons Structural steel in place
1.27 Million Cubic Yards of dirt moved
31,293 Cubic Yards of concrete placed
1.56 Million square feet of space being built

Recent record-setting passenger activity at Orlando International Airport has prompted renewed urgency to increase the airport’s capacity while maintaining highest level of customer service. In May of 2015, the GOAA Board revised the thresholds that would trigger construction of the STC to 38.5 million total annual passengers and two million international passengers on a rolling 12-month average for a period of six months. The international passenger threshold has already been met and the total passenger threshold is expected to be met in May 2016. Projections for the near future continue to trend upward, further demonstrating the importance of the Aviation Authority’s philosophy of building to meet demand.

2016 Forecast Growth Projections Based on Airline Load Factors

If future scheduled seats and 86% average load factor maintained:

  • 40M by Apr
  • 41M by Aug
  • 42M by Oct
  • 42.5M by Dec

Conservative Estimate (growth at >=2% less than seat growth)
(Equivalent to average load factor dropping to 84.5%)

  • 40M by Jun
  • 41M by Oct
  • 41.6M by Dec

South Terminal Facility Phase 1-Terminal C

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Conceptual Drawing of South Terminal Complex Proposed Gate Configuration of STC Phase 1
  • The STC and associated apron/taxiway, will encompass approximately 300 acres
  • The total building program will comprise 2.7 million square feet
  • The airside terminal will serve both international and domestic flights
  • 16-24 gates will accommodate narrow body, jumbo and super jumbo aircraft
  • Six-story 5,000 space expanded parking garage
  • Will follow the Sustainable Management Plan (SMP) for a planned LEED v4 BD +C New Construction project

“Today’s travelers to Central Florida demand a higher level of service and efficient connections to other modes of transportation, so it is essential that we strive to stay at the forefront of innovation, customer care and improved connectivity,” says Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Executive Director Phil Brown. “Our challenge is to provide state-of-the-art services and facilities at an affordable cost.”

Construction on Phase 1 of the South Terminal Complex could begin as early as the first quarter of 2017 and be operational by 2019.

Basic MCO information:
With an overall total of more than 40 million annual passengers, MCO 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 an airport-wide focus and design concept known as The Orlando Experience®.