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Is A Terminal Open If Almost Nothing In It Is Open?

by joeheg

There’s been much fanfare in the local media about the opening of the new Terminal C at Orlando International Airport. As Orlando residents, we’re also excited about it since the additional 15 gates will take some of the congestion away from the remaining airport services.

Since Terminal C also has state-of-the-art immigration services, many of the airlines that moved there at the opening were international carriers.

The only domestic airlines moving to Terminal C are Breeze (which currently only serves one city from MCO) and JetBlue. While JetBlue was supposed to have moved already, a hurricane put those plans on hold. While JetBlue started with international arrivals to the terminal on October 11th, all JetBlue flights will operate from Terminal C starting on October 25th.

JetBlue is on the move at MCO, so we wanted to give you a heads up about your upcoming flight.

Starting on October 25th, all JetBlue flights will operate from the new Terminal C at the Orlando International Airport.

To learn more, check out Orlando Airport’s Terminal C website here.

The last time we checked, the amenities at Terminal C were a bit sparse. We chalked it up to the fact that were only a handful of international flights leaving each day. But now that JetBlue will be moving all of its operations to the new terminal, what will be open for the passengers? According to the Orlando Airport website, not much.

I don’t know about you, but there are a bunch of “coming soon” places on that list. Sure, the Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and Sea World stores are open but many of the local food establishments like Cash & Larder and Sunshine Diner and the Plaza Premium lounge still aren’t open.

If I was traveling through Terminal C, the places to visit would be Wine Bar George and Orlando Brewing but that’s only a handful of places promised.

This leads to the question that if every airline planned to move will have done so once JetBlue has completed the transition, when is everything else going to open? Unless there’s another major international carrier like Virgin Atlantic or Air Canada, moving, there aren’t going to be more passengers going through the new terminal to support all of the vendors.

I hope this is the case and Orlando Airport simply hasn’t let us know that other airlines are moving. Of course, the other airlines might want to see if things are running properly before committing to move to a new terminal, and I wouldn’t blame them if this is what’s happening.

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4 comments

AW October 24, 2022 - 7:24 pm

I hope that the “state of the art” immigration services aren’t as terrible as SEA’s new international terminal. There, you go through the global entry kiosk, wait for you bag, and then (usually) get put back in the same line as everyone else (because you must wait for your bags prior to clearing immigration). Global entry means nothing at SEA; honestly, it is a longer process. It’s the worst design ever. I’m curious to use the new MCO terminal on some BA flights next year (MCO is my childhood hometown).

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Tom October 24, 2022 - 7:38 pm

I came in on an international charter, and was disappointed that we arrived at the old terminal.

I would love you to reach out to OIA, and find out what the scoop is.

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CHRIS October 24, 2022 - 8:45 pm

GOAA really screwed the opening up. Baggage system doesn’t work and during the storm there was more water coming through the roof than over Niagara Falls.

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JohnSD23 October 25, 2022 - 1:45 pm

JetBlue did not have a working public address system available this AM for my flight to Boston. The gate monitors as well as the lobby monitors were not working or at least not displaying any flight information. A heck of a long walk from rental car return. I miss the old terminal, as bad as that was.

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