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RDU dedicates $570M Terminal 2

Posted May 11, 2011 4:01 a.m. EDT
Updated May 11, 2011 3:43 p.m. EDT

— 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.