The new South Terminal Complex being built at Orlando International Airport (MCO) isn’t even scheduled to open until spring of 2021, but the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Board voted today to add additional gates.
The terminal plans now include three additional gates, which will be able to accommodate up to six more narrow body aircraft. The new gates will be able to be used for either domestic or international flights. This is in addition to the already scheduled 16 gates.
According to Frank Kruppenbacher, chairman of the GOAA Board, “The expansion will help meet the current and projected growth in passenger traffic and airline service.”
The GOAA Board also approved JetBlue Airways’ move into the South Terminal when it opens, which will allow the airline to grow to more than 100 daily flights out of MCO. JetBlue will join an estimated 12 other airlines in the South Terminal.
Finally, the GOAA Board authorized their CEO to ask for approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use Passenger Facility Charges to fund a large chunk of the South Terminal project.
Source: Orlando International Airport