Orlando airport outlines preliminary South Terminal costs

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Orlando International Airport is beginning to detail plans for a future South Terminal complex that could cost up to $2.1 billion.

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority outlined the possible projects, including an initial 16-gate South Terminal, that could be built by 2018 if approved by the authority's board at a meeting on 1 February.

The airport board has already approved a planning contract for a $470 million extension to facility's people mover system, a new South Terminal people mover station and new parking and rental car facilities. The project includes provisions for a future passenger rail station at the airport.

The authority says that the expansion is needed as the current North Terminal approaches its design capacity of 45 million annual passengers. Orlando airport handled 35.3 million passengers in 2012, according to airport statistics.

"Our first need is to build a connector to the north terminal," says the authority.