Thanks to a variety of factors — ranging from the region’s premier family entertainment offerings to the County’s globally acclaimed Convention Center — Orlando continues to be one of the top leisure and convention destinations in the world. A key asset in maintaining that world-wide profile is the extraordinary Orlando International Airport (OIA), including the transportation connectivity that OIA provides for travelers throughout the region, and the planned expansion of seamless transportation options via OIA’s new transportation “hub.”
Even as we’re planning for the future, we continue to focus on providing high-quality service to our guests and commercial vendors. This year alone, OIA experienced an increase of 14 percent in international travel, and reached a new record of more than 41.5 million passengers. To comfortably meet the needs of these travelers, and to plan for long-term projected growth and ease of future visitors, OIA is in the midst of massive expansion — from building and construction to the installation of cutting-edge technology and passenger amenities. Equally important, and thanks to the foresight and planning of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) board, OIA has land available for expansion — a key asset in planning for the future, and in allowing GOAA to plan for its future as a strategic driver of our economy and reputation.
To fulfill the promise of Orlando’s destiny as a world capital — and to achieve connectivity of vital transportation infrastructure for the benefit of local citizens and visitors — last year GOAA embarked on a complex and far-reaching series of capital improvements, valued at over $3.1 billion, to respond to passenger needs and support the dynamic growth in Central Florida.
Also well underway is the $1.8 billion South Terminal Complex (STC) construction, set to be completed by 2020. This immense new high-tech terminal will feature breathtaking architectural designs, innovative visitor amenities and soaring public spaces. As a member of the GOAA board, Mayor Jacobs has been a champion for transportation improvements at OIA, including connectivity between the airport, the Convention Center District and International Drive – for the benefit of residents and visitors alike. When completed, the new STC will be the first U.S. airport-based hub with five modes of transportation within a single complex, supporting air travel, including the Automated-People-Mover (APM), private vehicles and commercial ground transportation, commuter rail and Brightline rail service, comfortably accommodating 40 million-plus passengers annually.
From job creation and economic impact to improving the way we work, move and travel throughout Central Florida, OIA continues to play a key role in propelling Central Florida forward. Particularly with regard to transportation connectivity — a key goal for Mayor Jacobs, who believes the seamless connectivity of the regions’ transportation assets is critical to Orange County’s future — OIA and its new STC Transportation Hub will make history.