Renovated Terminal 1 at RDU set to open April 13

From staff reportsMarch 28, 2014 

Raleigh-Durham International Airport announced Friday that it will open its renovated Terminal 1 on April 13, more than a month later than planned because of winter weather.

The revamped 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.

RDU had planned to open the new terminal on March 2, but cold temperatures prevented workers from pouring the pavement for the terminal's aircraft parking area, director Mike Landguth said.

The main 166,000-square-foot section of Terminal 1 opened in 1982. The renovations, which began in 2012, cost $68 million.

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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