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Orlando International Airport (MCO)’s new Terminal C opens on Mon., Sept. 19

One of the largest terminal projects to debut in the US in recent years opens on Mon., Sept. 19. Here’s what Orlando International Airport’s exciting new expansion means for Floridians.

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Exterior of Terminal C at Orlando International Airport

Terminal C is open after years of planning and construction, which were impacted by economic recession and the pandemic.

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One of the largest terminal projects to debut in the US in recent years opens today. Orlando International Airport (MCO)’s entirely new Terminal C includes exciting traveler enhancements designed to better serve the demands of projected passenger growth and the needs of the diverse Central Florida community. The first flights out of the terminal will take off tomorrow on Tues., Sept. 20.

Here’s a look at what the new expansion means for anyone traveling through MCO.

Terminal C, by the numbers:

  • 12 million: That’s how many passengers Terminal C is expected to serve annually. The increased capacity of the new terminal will make it possible for the airport to serve 50+ million total passengers annually.
Interior of Terminal C at Orlando International Airport_LAL

International travelers will enter the terminal on the top floor, surrounded by natural lighting and expansive views across the airfield.

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  • 15: The number of new gates which will accommodate up to 20 aircraft serving domestic and international airlines.
  • 1.8 million: The square footage Terminal C will add to Orlando International Airport.
  • 23: The food + bev locations within Terminal C, featuring flavors from several Central Florida brands including Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Co., Wine Bar George, Orlando Brewing Bar & Bites, Sunshine Diner by Chef Art Smith + more.
Rendering of Wine Bar George at Orlando International Airport

A rendering of Wine Bar George at MCO.

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  • 10: The airlines operating out of the new terminal, including Aer Lingus, Azul, British Airways, Caribbean, Emirates, Gol, Icelandair, JetBlue, Lufthansa, and Norse.
  • 11: The retail locations in Terminal C for last-minute preflight needs.
  • 1: The number of lounges in Terminal C — meet the Plaza Premium Lounge. For travelers looking to disconnect from it all before boarding their flight, this will be the ultimate go-to spot, featuring a dedicated area for families, a restaurant and bar, and quiet spaces for business travelers.

Fast facts:

  • Terminal C features digital display signs to guide travelers with helpful + dynamic information (think: real-time airport data, ticketing, security, gate info, and more). Take a peek at the new digital signs.
  • A series of digitally immersive experiences that bring greater Central Florida’s history + natural attractions to life will be on display in Terminal C. Peep what The Moment Vault and Windows on Orlando look like — and maybe even get to the airport early to check them out before your next flight.
  • Terminal C is a U.S. Custom and Border Protection “Bags First” facility, meaning travelers arriving from an international destination will claim their baggage before proceeding to passport control, where biometric technology will confirm identity and documentation. This will improve overall efficiency, safety, and convenience during the arrivals process.
  • Terminal C is also adjacent to MCO’s integrated rail-air-ground transportation hub, with Brightline intercity rail service to South Florida commencing in 2023.

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