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  • Joe Breitfeller

Orlando International Airport’s New Terminal C Opens, Greets Aer Lingus Flight 35 From Manchester

Orlando International Airport’s new $2.8 billion Terminal C opened on Tuesday afternoon at 3:12 p.m. with the arrival of Aer Lingus flight 35 from Manchester, England. The terminal has 15 additional gates capable of accommodating up to 20 aircraft.


The Aer Lingus Ticket Counter Begins Operations for the First Time - Courtesy MCO

On Wednesday (September 21, 2022), Orlando International Airport (MCO) announced that the airport’s new Terminal C is officially open for business. After decades of planning and five years of construction, the $2.8 billion opened to the public on Tuesday September 20, 2022 at 3:12 p.m. with the arrival of Aer Lingus flight 35 from Manchester, England. Airlines servicing the new terminal include Aer Lingus, Azul, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Emirates, GOL, Icelandair, Lufthansa, Norse and JetBlue. It has been estimated that the economic impact to Central Florida from the ten airlines servicing Terminal C will be over $5.6 billion annually.

In Wednesday’s announcment, the Greater Orlando Airport Authority’s Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Thibault, said,


“This day has been a long time coming but we’re finally here. Terminal C is open and what a benefit it is to the community. This state-of-the-art terminal is leading the way to a truly intermodal future for all of Central Florida, where passengers will be able to take a plane, a train or an automobile from one location. Today, the vision has become reality.”


Aer Lingus Flight 35 From Manchester, Engalnd Arrives at Orlando International Airport's New Terminal C on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 - Courtesy MCO


MCO’s new Terminal C adds 15 gates that can accommodate up to 20 aircraft. All baggage processed at the terminal will have a state-of-the-art RFID (radio frequency identification) tag. Additionally, the terminal features automated TSA lanes and over 1,000 video display screens providing directional and flight information. Terminal C also has 33 retail and food & beverage concessionaires, including both local and national brands. Finally, the terminal was designed for certification as one of the first LEEDv4 airport campuses.

Source: Orlando International Airport