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RDU dedicates $570M Terminal 2

Posted May 11, 2011

— Nearly 300 workers, dignitaries and airport officials commemorated the official dedication Wednesday of the Raleigh-Durham International Airport's new $570 million terminal.

Among the officials in attendance were North Carolina Deputy Secretary of Commerce Dale Carroll and Curtis Fentress, who was the lead architect on the project.

At 920,000 square feet, Terminal 2 is nearly three times larger than Terminal C, the building it replaced.

The first phase of the terminal opened Oct. 26, 2008, while the second phase opened on Jan. 23, just in time to welcome visitors to the Research Triangle area for the National Hockey League All-Star festivities.

Terminal 2 features two concourses and 36 gates and houses eight airlines, including American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta, and most recently, JetBlue.

It's expected to accommodate an estimated 11.4 million passengers each year.

RDU is expected to begin renovating Terminal 1 starting early next year.

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  • dsalter May 11, 2011

    Raleigh-Durham is rapidly growing into one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country. Travel accomodations, infrastructure, restaurants and entertainment have to keep up with the changing times.

  • Pseudonym May 11, 2011

    Quote from JustAName: "Poor projection on how quickly California, New York and New Jersey would run out their businesses and citizens."

    Don't forget Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.

  • NCPictures May 11, 2011

    I do a lot of flying, and it is a real treat to come back to RDU after seeing the disasters they call the airports in the New York area. No wonder people are leaving there in droves.

  • rayh May 11, 2011

    they got the money from parking fees

  • JustAName May 11, 2011

    "c was supposed to last 30 years or more, wonder what happened with that claim"

    Poor projection on how quickly California, New York and New Jersey would run out their businesses and citizens.

  • dwntwnboy May 11, 2011

    "I moved here in 1984 and the new term c was supposed to last 30 years or more, wonder what happened with that claim."- if the airline it was built for hadn't moved their hub, it would be. The original Term C was built to house ONE airline. It didn't have the infrastructure to handle multiple carriers with all the space they each need in the baggage areas, ticketing counters etc. The new terminal was MUCH needed. The old one was dark, it had leaking roofs and was just an eyesore from the start. This new building is open and bright, really looks like something a city like Raleigh should have, and should be proud of.

  • jet2rdu May 11, 2011

    Terminals are set up as Hub Terminals (connection terminals), or O & D Terminals (Origin and Destination) or some combination of the two. When AA originally designed the specs for terminal C in the mid eighties, it was designed as a Hub Terminal with a low percentage of O & D. passenger traffic. The gates, ticketing, walkways, traffic and baggage was set up to match AA's requirements of a hub terminal.

    When AA decided to close its RDU hub and traffic became mainly O & D, terminal C almost immediately became obsolete.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road May 11, 2011

    Me again, after they delay it, they should cancel it with no explanation.

  • Iworkforaliving May 11, 2011

    wow 23-24 years out of a multi-million dollar facility. I think they got the shaft on that one. You would think it would last a little longer. And, if they can't plan for more than 20 or so years worth of growth then they need to find another business. I moved here in 1984 and the new term c was supposed to last 30 years or more, wonder what happened with that claim.

  • Me again May 11, 2011

    They should start it off right and "delay" the dedication of the new airport terminal by about 2 hours.