Orlando International Airport Unveils Designs of New Terminal C

Orlando International Airport (MCO) has unveiled design details for Terminal C, which is set to open in summer 2022.

Terminal C will serve up to 12 million passengers annually and features a new Federal Inspection Service (FIS) facility and 15 additional gates.

The new terminal aims to build upon MCO’s aesthetic of air, water and sky within a low-touch environment that offers a range of concessions, interactive media displays and striking architecture.

Orlando International Airport Terminal C
The Prow, the signature element of Terminal C’s curbside, will set an uplifting tone and help usher ambient natural light deep into the ticketing hall
Kevin Thibault, CEO, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority said:

“Innovation and sophisticated design that reflects elements of the Central Florida community combine to deliver a world-class travel experience. Terminal C will be so much more than a transfer point from one place to another. It will serve as a multimodal memorable entryway for passengers visiting, living and working in the region.”

All major elements such as ticketing, security, concessions, gates and baggage claim will be aligned along the terminal’s Boulevard, which will feature the ‘Grand Skylight’.

The Boulevard also will connect the terminal’s Palm Court and Town Square areas with MCO’s Train Station, which supports up to four rail systems, including Brightline’s intercity service.

Orlando International Airport Terminal C
The Boulevard, capped by a Grand Skylight, will connect ticketing, security, concessions, gates and baggage claim
Curtis Fentress, FAIA Principal in Charge of Design with Fentress Architects said:

“The tinted glass panels of the Grand Skylight dapple and diffuse sunlight, which creates an effect reminiscent of light coming through Orlando’s historic orange groves.”

Palm Court provides passengers with airside shopping and dining outlets, experiential media and passenger lounges.

Meanwhile, Town Square has been designed as a spacious landside arrivals hall on the terminal’s upper level.

The new terminal will be equipped with advanced technologies throughout to enhance the passenger experience, improve travel efficiency and uphold passenger safety.

Orlando International Airport Terminal C
‘Windows on Orlando,’ one of the Experiential Media Environment features, will adorn the airside concourse, which will serve 15 gates outfitted with facial recognition

Orlando International Airport’s Terminal C has been designed in a linear configuration to reduce transit times for departing passengers to an average of 11 minutes.

The new terminal will also deploy a variety of biometric technology, including 100 percent automated screening lanes at TSA checkpoints and facial recognition at all 15 gates for international arrival and departures.

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