John Wayne International Airport

John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, US, has opened its renovated terminal C, which was upgraded as part of a $543m improvement programme.

The project was designed by architects Gensler, constructed by McCarthy Building Companies and project managed by Parsons Transportation Group. Other key parties included construction managers Arcadis (PinnacleOne), Civil & MEP engineer Jacobs and structural engineer IDS Group inc.

Terminal C now incorporates a multi-level building comprising a total area of approximately 280,000 square feet, including six new commercial passenger gates, security screening checkpoints, food/beverage and news/gift concessions, three baggage carousels, and a Common Use Passenger Processing System (CUPPS).

With the upgrade the new Terminal increases capacity at the airport from 8.4 million annual passengers (MAP) to 10.8 MAP with the capacity to operate domestic and international flights.

John Wayne Airport airport director said Alan L Murphy said that Terminal C brings passengers more convenience and customer service amenities.

"We are now one of the first US airports to offer travellers a universal system to check in and print a boarding pass for any airline from any self-service kiosk throughout the Thomas F Riley Terminal," Murphy said.

Parsons has also completed a 2,000-car parking structure, a 7MW cogeneration plant and an aircraft parking apron.

Other enhancements include new, easy-to-read flatscreen monitors throughout the airport, five new passenger security screening lanes and customer service desks located in each terminal opposite the gate areas.

Parsons group president Tom Barron said that this new, modern, high-quality facility will expedite passenger processing, provide increased security and heighten the passenger experience.

Caption: John Wayne Airport opens its renovated terminal as part of its $543m improvement programme.