ORLANDO -- During 1999, Orlando Airport handled more than 29.2
million passengers, a record for a calendar year at the facility
and an increase of more than 5% compared with 1998.
But airport officials expect that record to be broken this year.
They project some 30 million passengers for 2000 and are well on
their way to increasing capacity to accommodate the additional
In related news, a fourth air-side terminal connected by a
people mover to the North, or main land-side, Terminal will open in
June, providing 16 gates. Tenants will include AirTran, Southwest,
Spirit and Sun Country.
In addition, site work is under way for the South Terminal
complex, which will open in stages starting in 2002, when 10 to 12
wide-body gates will be available for either domestic or
British Airways signed a lease to use the terminal until 2008.
Eventually, up to 120 gates will be available, giving the South
Terminal the capability of handling up to 40 million passengers
annually and boosting the airport's overall capacity to 70 million
passengers annually, a spokeswoman said.
The South and North terminals will be linked by an interior
connector train, the spokeswoman said.
South Terminal will have features such as children's play areas,
first class lounges, shops and dining outlets, an easy transit
between motor vehicles and the terminal and federal inspection
A minimizing of walking distances between aircraft gates and
baggage claim is planned, as well.