The first phase of Raleigh-Durham International’s (RDU) Terminal 2 is set to open this fall.
“Terminal 2 has been 20 years in the making, and this fall RDU will change the travel experience for our region’s travelers,” said Teresa Damiano, the airport authority’s director of marketing and customer service. “Our customers tell us that what they love most about RDU is convenience. With Terminal 2, the airport authority takes convenience to the next level with the latest in airport design and innovation.”
The $570M terminal has no columns, making it easier for passengers to get from curb to gate. It will feature large wood trusses, with steel and a glass curtain wall. An automated in-line baggage-screening system features explosive-detection machines, which will screen luggage brought from airline check-in to departing planes.
The first phase of the new terminal will have 19 gates, seven security checkpoint lanes, and 26 shops and restaurants in 500,000 sq. ft. The second phase will bring another 370,000 sq. ft. with 13 gates, seven security checkpoint lanes and 17 shops and restaurants.
To coincide with the opening of Terminal 2, the current Terminal A will be renamed Terminal 1.