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Terminal C is set to open later this month at Orlando International Airport

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ORLANDO — A new terminal at the Orlando Airport is opening in less than two weeks and later on Tuesday, some will be getting a sneak peek of Terminal C.


What You Need To Know

  • The new terminal set to open will add 15 new gates

  • It will open over a two-week period later this month

  • 12 million people are expected to use terminal C annually, which measures 1.8 million square feet in size

It boasts plenty of new options for passengers hitting the skies.Thousands of travelers are passing through the Orlando International Airport this Labor Day weekend, but this will be the last major holiday with two terminals.

In just a couple of weeks, the airport will officially open Terminal C to international and domestic operations. The new terminal means a lot more people are going to be flowing through what is one of the busiest airports in the world.

It will also have it’s own automated TSA checkpoint to hopefully keep lines and crowds to a minimum.

The grand opening is set for the week of Sept. 19 and on Tuesday, Spectrum News will be getting an inside look at the terminal.

Terminal C will increase the number of people who travel through the Orlando International Airport by 60 million people annually. 

The area will also have a nursing station and dog relief area, in addition to other upgrades.

“Actually, I find this is one of the easiest airports to navigate,” said Sandra Pappas moments before boarding a flight.

Pappas has been flying out of MCO for years.

She lives in Central Florida, and since this is home, she’s familiar with finding her way around the airport.

“I frequently fly into bigger airports. I really like how they take care of all the guests and people who are coming to Orlando for the entertainment aspect of this city,” she explained.

Pappas says she hardly ever has any issues traveling in or out of Orlando.

She appreciates that, but she’s also experienced those times when lines seem to go on forever.

It’s why she’s hopeful the airport’s latest project will further enhance the overall traveling experience.

“I’m actually excited for terminal C because I sometimes find that the crowds getting through security are quite large,” Pappas said.

The new terminal set to open will add 15 new gates and ultimately allow more passengers to make their way through the airport.

Twelve million people are expected to use terminal C annually, which measures 1.8 million square feet in size. 

Terminal C can also accommodate up to 20 planes.

“And hopefully, there’s more security to go through so it’s not as slow, which it can sometimes be. Not all the time, but it can be slow,” said Pappas.

New technology is also a significant part of the latest changes. 

Passengers will notice automated TSA screening lanes at security check-ins and facial recognition at each gate before they board a flight.

The new terminal will open over a two-week period.

International flights start on Sept. 19, followed by domestic flights on Monday, Sept. 26.

“The more people that come, it’s obviously better for the city,” said Pappas.

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