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Orlando International Airport south terminal
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Orlando International Airport is moving ahead with its south terminal, given the amount of passengers that are coming through the facility, forecasts of seats that air carriers are adding and new carriers coming to the site.

The $1.8 billion, 16- to 24-gate project should be operating by 2019. It will alleviate pressure the airport's north terminal is experiencing and allow the addition of new carriers and expansion for those that already fly into the airport. The airport is already serving 36.4 million passengers on an annualized basis, getting close to its record 37.2 million set in 2007.

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The southern terminal would be added to a 500,000-square-foot complex that will include a rail system to take passengers to terminals, a garage that will fit 2,400 cars and ground transportation in the form of buses, shuttles and cabs. The complex will also include the airport's new intermodal facility that will serve as destination for rail projects including All Aboard Florida.

The expansion of Orlando International Airport will ultimately include two hotels as the transportation hub builds out its southern extension.

FAST FACTS

LOCATION: Orlando International Airport

START DATE: 2015

END DATE: 2019

PROJECT BUDGET: $1.8 billion

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: N/A

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