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Orlando International Airport has begun construction on its $1.1bn expansion project, including a new South Terminal Complex, under a capital improvement programme.

Work is being carried out to provide a parking lot to travellers and connect them to four rail systems, including the All Aboard Florida train and the SunRail.

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) executive director Phil Brown told News 13: "We have very little connecting traffic. That means we have to have more parking and more curb access so people can get in and out of the terminal."

The GOAA has awarded several minor contracts to small firms under the CIP.

"That means we have to have more parking and more curb access so people can get in and out of the terminal."

The international traffic at the airport has increased almost 14% in the first six months of the year to 2.4 million. The second busiest airport in Florida expects the annual traffic to reach 37 million this year.

The new North Cell Phone Lot will open later this month to have more than 200 additional parking spaces, restrooms and free Wi-Fi. It also features screens that update flight information for people who are waiting on family and friends to arrive.

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An automated people mover will be opened subsequently to connect the existing North Terminal to the South Terminal.

Renewal work will be undertaken in the North Terminal to allow travellers to reach their gates faster.

The airport is also undertaking the construction of the South Terminal Complex. Denver-based Fentress Architects is providing consultation and design work for the first phase of the project under a contract awarded in August.

The first phase will include 16-24 gates to increase the airport’s passenger capacity and a 2,500 space parking garage.

Image: Construction work underway at Orlando International Airport. Photo: courtesy of Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.