RDU’s Terminal 1 renovation nears completion
The $68 million renovation of Terminal 1, Southwest Airlines’ home at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, is nearing completion.
An open house will be held Feb. 15 with exhibits, giveaways and food samplings to show off the renovations to the public. However, the renovated portion of the terminal won’t officially open for business until March 2.
Airport officials are wrapping up renovations to the part of Terminal 1 that first opened in 1982, said Andrew Sawyer, a spokesman for RDU. Work started on the project in the summer of 2012.
During the renovations, flights for Southwest Airlines and AirTran, which has been acquired by Southwest, have been leaving from the north section of the terminal, which first opened in 1955. That section is planned to close permanently when the new section opens up, Sawyer said.
The Terminal 1 renovation followed construction of the airport’s new Terminal 2. The $570 million project opened in two phases, with Concourse D opening in 2011 and Concourse C opening in 2008.