Orlando's new south terminal blends high-tech systems with Florida ambience
Carl Langford, who was mayor of Orlando from 1967 to 1980 and was instrumental in securing the land where Orlando International Airport now stands, once remarked that airports should be designed “for people, not for airplanes.” More than four decades later, officials at OIA have kept that approach in mind with the design and building of a south terminal complex that’s nearly finished.
“What we’ve done in the south terminal is take the 41 design concepts that we have in the north (main) terminal and bring them into the 21st century,” says Phil Brown, executive director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “The design is one that lets a lot of light into the terminal. We have a lot of foliage inside the terminal. We have some immersive technology in there that we’re installing that will be unique.”
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