South Terminal C, the largest expansion project ever undertaken at Orlando International Airport, is 90% complete and set to open later in 2022.

The new terminal encompasses 2.5m sq ft and adds 15 gates capable of accommodating up to 20 narrowbody, jumbo and super jumbo jets and able to handle an additional 10-12 million passengers per year.

The terminal will debut the next generation of The Orlando Experience, a seamless, low-touch environment with an exciting combination of concession offerings, immersive media displays and an unparalleled sense of arrival, according to the airport authority. Specific innovations include an early bag storage robotic system and a state-of-the-art Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) tote system that tracks luggage in real time and is faster than conventional baggage conveyors. Incoming passengers will enjoy top-floor arrivals with streamlined luggage collection on the same level.

In addition to the unique architecture and aesthetics, travellers will enjoy an easier, more efficient screening process with 100% automated lanes for international departures and arrivals. There will be interactive video displays in the ticket halls, concession hub and gate areas to provide a high-definition visual experiences. The project is being designed and built to be the first LEED v4 airport campus and will provide passengers with access to several indoor spaces that promote sustainability.

Curtis Fentress of Fentress Architects described his vision for the South Terminal as using large gestures to create an unforgettable arrival experience: “With the innovative skylight that produces dappled light, passengers will feel as though they are walking through an orange grove, one of this area’s most beloved local features. We also utilised plants, trees and new technology throughout to enhance the passenger experience now and for generations to come.”