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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

 

Faster bag claims to share top level of airport expansion

By Mary Shanklin

The Orlando (FL) Sentinel

 

Orlando International Airport proposes new south terminal design

Orlando International Airport proposes new south terminal design

utlining the proposed design for the south terminal.

Orlando International Airport has released new video and images outlining the proposed design for the south terminal.

New details for the South Terminal at Orlando International Airport emerged with an expedited baggage claim, together with passenger arrivals, on the top floor of the three-level project, according to airport officials.

With more than half of the design completed, Fentress Architects fine-tuned plans following Curtis Fentress’ presentation to the airport board in November.The design team also includes HNTB and Schenkel Shultz. 

“We’re looking to create a new gateway for Orlando, one that captures the essence of Central Florida and enhances the Orlando experience,” stated Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “The South Terminal is designed to be intuitive so the passenger is drawn from one element to the next, creating an exciting and memorable arrival into the city of Orlando.”

The overall plan is built around a central theme called “The Boulevard,” which is to be a corridor spanning the length of the terminal and connecting a ticket hall and concessions hub. More concessions will be situated beyond security, with club- and lounge-style retail along a “concessions in the park” area. Interactive video displays are expected in the ticket hall and concessions hub.

As planned, the bottom level will accommodate ground transportation, including a train station; the second floor will feature departures, ticketing and security; and the third floor integrates baggage and arrivals “so passengers will experience the beauty of Central Florida immediately after deplaning,” reads a news release.

And radio-frequency technology is expected to shave off standard baggage-claim times.

At full build out, the South Terminal would add 120 new gates to Orlando International. The full project will take 25 years to complete; the first phase is expected to open in Summer 2020, officials said. 

Orlando International is running above its capacity according to airport leaders, handling 41.5 million passengers for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. That represented a 10 percent increase over the previous year.

Renovations are being made to the existing terminal in hopes of moving travelers along more efficiently. That work includes self-service kiosks and improved digital signage.

Orlando International Airport south terminal

Orlando International Airport south terminal

A rendering of the interior design at the Orlando International Airport's south terminal, which is set to open in 2020. (Orlando International Airport)

A rendering of the interior design at the Orlando International Airport's south terminal, which is set to open in 2020.

Orlando International Airport South Terminal

Orlando International Airport South Terminal

Orlando International Airport

Orlando International Airport South Terminal

Orlando International Airport South Terminal (Orlando International Airport)

Orlando International Airport South Terminal

Orlando International Airport South Terminal

Orlando International Airport South Terminal

Orlando International Airport South Terminal (Orlando International Airport)

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