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As RDU airport continues to grow, crews set to demolish older section of Terminal 1

Posted May 18

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— As the Triangle grows, so does its airport.

Over the past decade, Raleigh-Durham International Airport has built a new terminal and renovated an old one. But the vision for the port's future is forcing it to say goodbye to part of its past.

In the same week that the airport began its non-stop flights to Paris, France, it will also begin demolition of the old part of Terminal 1, which was built in the 1950s. Most recently, the old terminal was home to Southwest Airlines ticketing.

The old part closed in 2014 after the rest of the terminal got a facelift, and now it's coming down to make room growth.

"We have seen through the master planning process already that we're going to need more terminals, more parking, more infrastructure, more roadways to handle that growth," said Andrew Sawyer, a spokesman for the airport.

Once demolition is finished over the summer, the area will be open for landscaping. None of the work will affect traffic around the airport.

RDU will host public workshops in June for residents to give their thoughts on the airport's future.

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  • Andrew Stephenson May 19, 2016
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    That mall parking lot on Airport Blvd isn't doing much. That's where I camp out when waiting for a flight to arrive. Puts me at the terminal itself in maybe 3 minutes.

  • Andrew Stephenson May 19, 2016
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    That mall parking lot on Airport Blvd isn't doing much. That's where I camp out when waiting for a flight to arrive. Puts me at the terminal itself in maybe 3 minutes.

  • Lee Howell May 19, 2016
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    There are several bar areas and restaurants in Terminal 2 including 42nd Street Oyster Bar. I can't speak for Terminal 1 as I haven't flown out of there in years.
    Keep in mind, RDU isn't Atlanta or Charlotte and definitely nowhere close to Chicago O'Hare. RDU is still somewhat of a regional airport.
    It would be nice to have more direct flights out of RDU instead of always having to connect in ATL, Charlotte, Philly, Chicago, etc.

  • Jarfaris Brown May 18, 2016
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    I agree with Wayne. Also, why aren't there good restaurants in any of the terminal areas. If you want to have something to eat and drink, you have to go inside the passenger area. Every big airport has nice restaurants. I guess the reason we don't is, we're in the Bible Belt and they want people drinking.

  • Wayne Talley May 18, 2016
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    RDU needs a decent, accessible cellphone lot where drivers can wait to pickup arriving passengers without having to pay to park. Most large airports have such a lot. I was recently at the Savannah airport and their cellphone lot is very accessible to the passenger arrival area.