The official opening date for Orlando International Airport’s new South Terminal C has been announced.

At April 21’s Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) board meeting, CEO Kevin Thibault announced the new $2.75bn terminal will open over a two-week period with international operations beginning on September 19, 2022 and domestic operations on September 26, 2022.

“Although we could open before Labor Day, it is best that we transition airline operations and our customers at a period with fewer passenger travel than our normal peak summer season,” Thibault said. “As we get closer to those dates, we will notify the board and the community about various milestones, including events to commemorate this exciting opportunity.”

The dates were determined after the careful consideration of several factors: how the volume of passengers would increase logistical challenges; the challenges for airlines in transitioning while maintaining operational readiness; the need to continue delivering optimal customer service throughout the entire airport campus; and how the opening would more closely mirror the ending/beginning of a new fiscal year.

“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,” said Carson Good, board chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “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.”