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New Automated People Movers and Terminal C expansion coming to Orlando International Airport

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Board has updated funding for major projects at Orlando International Airport (MCO).


Terminal C expansion and new Automated People Movers (APM) coming to Orlando International Airport

With passenger traffic at Orlando International Airport projected to soon approach 58 million by year’s end, the Aviation Authority is laying the groundwork for increasing the capacity of Terminal C.


Terminal C expansion and new Automated People Movers (APM) coming to Orlando International Airport

The Board approved a contract addendum with Ricondo & Associates to begin defining a Phase 2 development program. The Phase 2 Program will expand Terminal C to accommodate an additional 16 to 24 aircraft gates.


The PDD and its cost estimates would be used to recommend funding budgets for capital expenditures that are required to support the Aviation Authority’s decision-making processes and mission.


Terminal C expansion and new Automated People Movers (APM) coming to Orlando International Airport

The Board also approved funding to replace the Automated People Mover (APM) systems to Airsides 2 & 4.The Design/Build/Operate/Maintain contract was awarded to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.


The contract will include replacement of all vehicles, running surfaces, central control equipment, all other required subsystems and all modifications, if any, required to existing APM stations. Mitsubishi will also maintain passenger service to Airsides 2 and 4 during the work and minimize the time that any one of the two APM lanes to each Airside is out of service during construction. Project completion is targeted for Spring 2027.


The Airside 4 APM System was first placed into service in 1990 and the cars were replaced with new cars in 2008. The Airside 2 APM was first placed into service in 2000.


The APM systems serve as vital passenger connections linking the North Terminal to the aircraft gate areas. The APMs are an essential component to MCO’s ability to facilitate the smooth flow of both arriving and departing traffic. Moreover, these systems are of upmost importance in accommodating the airport’s expanding customer base, benefiting all Central Florida stakeholders.


Terminal C expansion and new Automated People Movers (APM) coming to Orlando International Airport

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