Raleigh-Durham International Airport’s (RDU) Terminal 2 is open now with 19 gates and 26 new restaurants and shops and 10 security lanes. Phase 2 of Terminal 2 is to open in 2011.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), NC (October 27, 2008) — Raleigh-Durham International Airport's Terminal 2 officially opened for business yesterday when the first flight departed just before 6 a.m. The new terminal features a modern design that guides passengers easily from the curb to the gate. Passenger amenities include a variety of specialty retail shops and restaurants, including local favorites, and a new processing area for international travelers.
The following airlines are operating from Terminal 2: Air Canada, American, American Eagle and United. Delta Airlines will move into Terminal 2 on November 9.
“Terminal 2 is a facility that reflects the dynamic region RDU serves and supports our passengers' travel needs,” said Teresa Damiano, Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority's director of marketing. “Architecture and art combine to introduce visitors to the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina. Customer amenities include 40 electronic kiosks, a large security checkpoint and shops and restaurants that cater to leisure and business travelers.”
Phase two of the terminal will open in Winter 2011. When completed, the terminal will feature a total of 32 boarding gates, more than 40 shops and restaurants, five baggage claim carousels and six commissioned works of art.
With the opening of Terminal 2, RDU's Terminal A was renamed Terminal 1. The following airlines are operating from Terminal 1: AirTran, Continental, JetBlue, Northwest, Southwest and US Airways. Delta will operate from Terminal 1 until its move to Terminal 2 on November 9.
RDU's Terminal 2 has been in the making for more than 15 years. In the 1990s, central North Carolina experienced tremendous growth. With new jobs and new residents came an increased demand for air travel. Terminal 2 is designed to support the travel needs of the Research Triangle Region and also positions the airport for future growth. When completed in Winter 2011, Terminal 2 will accommodate 11.4 million passengers per year.
Raleigh-Durham Terminal 2 Airlines and Concessions
Airlines operating in Terminal 2 include:* American
* Air Canada
* United and
* Charter Express
(Delta Air Lines will move to Terminal 2 on November 9).
Check-in is available curbside or at one of many self-service kiosks or at ticket counters.
The Shops of RDU
Local and national branded food and beverage concessions are featured including:* 42nd Street Oyster Bar
* A&W All American Food
* Brookwood Farms BBQ
* Bruegger's Bagel
* California Pizza Kitchen
* Camden Food Co.
* Carolina Ale House
* Gordon Biersch
* KFC Express
* North Carolina Vintages
Retail shops include:* 2nd Edition Book Sellers
* änders Natural Soap Co.
* Apple iPod
* Drugs & More
* EJE Travel Retail (Duty-Free)
* Hudson News
* Rosetta Stone
* Shaw News
* Taxco Sterling
* University Kids
* University Marketplace
Raleigh-Durham International Airport Terminal 2 Facts
* Two concourses featuring 32 gates
* Large security checkpoint with 10 lanes
* Three island-style airline check-in counters to ease congestion in the lobby
Two Phase Project
* Phase One opened: October 26, 2008
* Phase Two opens: Winter 2011
* Total Cost: $570 million
* At 920,000 square feet, Terminal 2 will be nearly three times larger than Terminal C.
* Terminal 2 will accommodate up to 11.4 million passengers a year.
* Square footage: 550,000
* Airlines: American, American Eagle, Delta, United, Air Canada
* Concourse C (North Concourse)
* Gates: 19
* Restaurants and shops: 26
* Two ticketing islands
* Seven security checkpoint lanes available for operation by the TSA
* Federal Inspection Services facility for arriving international travelers
* Three baggage claim carousels
* Square footage: 370,000
* Airlines: Continental, Northwest, US Airways
* Concourse D (South concourse)
* Shops and Restaurants: 14
* One ticketing island
* Three security checkpoint lanes available for operation by the TSA
* Two baggage claim carousels
Following facts refer to full completion in 2011.
* Three ticketing islands each feature twenty traditional ticket counters. More than 60 electronic kiosks will be located throughout the lobby for ticketless travelers.
* The north concourse will be 650 feet longer than the Terminal C north concourse.
* Each concourse features two moving walkways.
* The security checkpoint will accommodate up to 10 security checkpoint lanes.
* Additional space adjacent to the security checkpoint area is available to accommodate future changes in security technology and processes.
* The baggage claim area will feature five baggage carousels.
* A fully automated in-line baggage screening system will screen all checked luggage as required by the Transportation Security Administration. This technology will remove the baggage screening equipment from the terminal lobby.
* The Federal Inspection Services facility is two times larger than the current one. The new FIS will allow the processing of more than 400 passengers per hour.