The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority authorized the start of construction of a second terminal at Orlando International Airport.

Construction on the $1.8 billion first phase of the South Terminal project could begin as early as the first quarter of 2017, with completion possible by summer 2020.

The project encompasses what will be Orlando International's Terminal C. It will add 16 gates to the airport, increasing capacity to 55 million annual passengers. Orlando has nearly reached its current maximum capacity of 45 million, as 41.5 million passengers arrived during the 12-month period that ended in September.

Total construction for the South Terminal Complex will come to 2.7 million square feet. Along with the terminal, the complex will include a 5,000-space parking garage.

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