The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) in the US has announced its plans to open the new $2.75bn South Terminal C at Orlando International Airport over a two-week period.

International operations at South Terminal C will begin on 19 September, while domestic operations will start on 26 September.

GOAA CEO Kevin Thibault said: “Although we could open before Labor Day, it is best that we transition airline operations and our customers at a period with less passenger travel than our normal peak summer season.

“As we get closer to those dates, we will notify the board and the community on various milestones, as well as events to commemorate this exciting opportunity.”

The date was finalised after considering several factors, such as logistical challenges in the wake of an increase in passenger volumes.

GOAA also considered the difficulty its airline partners could face during the transition.

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While setting the time frame, the aviation authority wanted to ensure that it delivered optimal customer service across the entire airport campus.

GOAA board chairman Carson Good said: “We want to ensure that from day one, Terminal C will be ready to accommodate our growing air service demands while providing the utmost in customer convenience.

“Going ‘Beyond The Orlando Experience’ has always been our goal for this facility, and we’re confident that when it opens, it will exceed those expectations.”

In another airport development in the US, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has announced the completion of the construction of its automated people mover train guideway structure.

Last February, GOAA signed a contract with AERO BridgeWorks to deploy ADB SAFEGATE’s Safedock Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System (A-VDGS) and SafeControl Apron Management.