Winter weather delays opening of RDU's revamped Terminal 1

From staff reportsFebruary 20, 2014 

Winter weather will keep Raleigh-Durham International Airport from opening its new Terminal 1 on March 2 as planned.

Cold temperatures have prevented workers from pouring the pavement for the terminal’s aircraft parking area, said director Mike Landguth.

“Despite our best laid plans, our construction schedule for a major element of the project was no match for Mother Nature,” Landguth said.

RDU has not determined when the terminal will be ready to open, but expects to announce a new opening date in early March.

The renovated Terminal 1 will house one airline, Southwest, which along with its AirTran subsidiary handles 2.2 million passengers at RDU a year. Southwest will operate five passenger gates; four more gates are set aside for future growth.

The main 166,000-square-foot section of Terminal 1 cost $68 million to renovate. The north end of the building, which includes RDU's first permanent terminal built in 1955, will be demolished, as will the south end, which was built in 2001.

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