ORLANDO, FL. For the convenience of visitors picking up arriving passengers in private vehicles at Orlando International Airport, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Board has approved the development of a complimentary 100-space cellular phone parking lot on South Airport Boulevard.
"The operation of the lot will increase roadway capacity because it will minimize congestion on airport entrance road, provide freer movement on terminal loop roads and circulation on baggage claim curbs. Most of all, it will provide a higher level of customer service," says Chris Schmidt, Deputy Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. Federal security requirements have eliminated the ability for motorists to wait for passengers on the arriving flights curb resulting in vehicles circling around the terminal roadway system.
The lot will be situated on a portion of the current Red Satellite Lot in a convenient location south of the main terminal building. The lot allows drivers to wait until notified of their passengers arrival and baggage pick-up before driving to the arriving flights curb. In considering the lot location, it was important that there was close proximity to the terminal, easy entrance and exit at a traffic signal and that the construction could be both speedy and economical.
The cost of developing the cell phone lot includes, but is not limited to:
- Site preparation
- Storm drainage
- Area lighting
- Road and parking lot signage
Funding for the project will come from the airports Operations and Maintenance budget at a cost of approximately 250 thousand dollars. The project is expected to be completed by the Thanksgiving holiday travel season.
Orlando International Airport served more than 34.1 million passengers in 2005 making it the 12th busiest airport in the nation, 21st busiest in the world and busiest in Florida.
For more information, contact Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at (407) 825-2055.
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