RDU to shutter Terminal 1?

January 30, 2009 9:59:48 AM PST
Passenger numbers at RDU show no sign of improving, so officials are apparently considering closing Terminal 1 once Terminal 2 is finished in 2011.That according to a published report Friday in the Triangle Business Journal.

In the past, officials have talked about plans to renovate Terminal 1 at a cost estimated to run up to $200 million. Closing the terminal would make renovations easier, but there's been no timeline set for when renovations would happen.

Terminal 2 will be able to handle more than 11 million passengers a year when it's finished. Less than 10 million used the airport last year, and the figures have been declining slightly.

Thanks to the economy, some airlines have been cutting back on flights. The airport currently runs 180 a day. That number was 215 a year ago.

Officials stress no decision has been made. The plan currently is to keep Terminal 1 open. It will house low cost airlines like Southwest, JetBlue and AirTran.


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