Southwest seeks GC for new airport project

Orlando International Airport's biggest carrier is looking to expand its local footprint, and needs a general contractor to oversee the job.

Southwest Airlines is seeking a GC for a new 32,000-square-foot warehouse at the airport to provide more room to store equipment, parts and maintenance supplies.


The air carrier needs the additional space so it is well prepared for the thousands of flights it takes into and out of Orlando International Airport each year.

Southwest plans to build the warehouse next to its hanger on the grounds of the airport, in a project budgeted at $4.5 million.


Construction is expected to begin in October and be complete by April 2017, said Southwest spokeswoman Michelle Agnew.

Southwest carried 1.066 million passengers, or 27 percent of traffic, in and out of Orlando International Airport for the year ending in March, according to airport data.

The airport's next largest carrier is Delta Airlines, with 607,000 passengers, or 15 percent of traffic.

Southwest began service at Orlando International Airport in April 1996, with 12 daily nonstop departures to seven cities.

Today, Southwest serves 119 daily nonstop departures to 38 cities, operating out of 16 gates.

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