Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) has opened Terminal C at the Orlando International Airport (MCO) in Florida, US.

The new terminal will allow the airport to handle a further 10 to 12 million passengers per annum, expanding its total annual capacity to almost 60 million passengers.

Entailing an investment of $2.8bn, the terminal covers an area of 167,225m².

Currently, the terminal has 15 gates and incorporates various environmentally friendly elements.

GOAA CEO Kevin Thibault said: “We celebrate Terminal C’s opening at a time when our passenger volume is returning to pre-pandemic levels.

“Terminal C will help to offset heavy volume in our Main Terminal and help to sustain our growth. It is the foundation for an intermodal hub that will welcome planes, trains, and automobiles.”

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of the new terminal, which is home to 11 airlines including Aer Lingus, Azul, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Emirates, Lufthansa and Sunwing Airlines, as well as domestic anchor JetBlue.

JetBlue president and COO Joanna Geraghty said: “We are excited to lead the way as the flagship carrier at Orlando International Airport’s new Terminal C. The terminal’s offerings are great, and the bright, airy architecture makes it stand out.

“This move not only shows our commitment to Orlando and the greater area, but it also will provide a new and elevated experience for our customers as we continue our growth in the region.”