The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Board this week received the latest update on the near-term construction completion of the Terminal C project at Orlando International Airport (MCO), set to formally open this September.

The board voted for a $40 million increase in the 2021-2027 MCO Capital Improvement Plan to ensure the Terminal C project can be completed within the required timeframe to maintain the announced operations date.

The funding will enable key contractors Hensel Phelps Construction, Turner-Kiewit Joint Venture and Vanderlande Industries to establish budget and schedule certainty.

“This is another indication that we are nearing commencement of operations and is consistent with our announced opening in September of 2022,” said Kevin Thibault, GOAA CEO. “We are getting ready to go.”

Thibault has also been updating efforts to maintain and expand engagement with small and minority owned local businesses. GOAA recently held a workshop, where representatives from the Board, the Authority’s Small Business Development Department and members of the business community shared ideas on how to ensure the maximum participation and growth of small businesses.

The GOAA goals to maximize minority and small business participation include building partnerships with primes and majority-owned companies, requiring small business plans from primes, enhancing monitoring and reporting for primes, increasing networking with businesses, civic and community based organizations, and developing more partnerships with other non-governmental and governmental agencies.