Work continues on Terminal 1 at local airport

May 22, 2013 by  

Terminal 1 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport is undergoing a facelift that will bring it more into line with the amenities found at Terminal 2. The renovation is expected to be complete by early 2014, but some media representatives got a look at the work in progress earlier this month.

Renovations began July, 2012 to allow airlines that fly into Raleigh to add gates in the future, which will let them increase the number of flights. The revamped terminal will also include more security checkpoints, more ticketing options, more baggage claims, and new shops and restaurants, as well as other amenities travelers favor. Another improvement is the increase in the number of electrical outlets near the gates, where travelers can charge their electronics while they wait for their flights.

Terminal 2 was built new at a cost of approximately $570m, but Terminal 1 was already extant, which means the renovations cost much less—about 90% less than the cost of construction of the newer facility. Renovations cost about $68m, but airport authorities say the two terminals will be very similar. They also hope the renovated Terminal 1 will strike the right note with visitors to the area, since it’s the first thing they see. An efficient, clean, modern airport can make a visitor feel welcome, which is precisely what Raleigh aims to do with its modernization project.

Airport officials will no doubt want to attract tenants to the terminal, so they could work with brochure printers to create a mailer explaining why merchants should look into this opportunity.