“Orlando Sanford Set to Open Terminal Complex”

Grand Opening Scheduled for March 23rd


Sanford, Fla., March 5, 2001 Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) announced today that the grand opening of its new terminal complex will be Friday, March 23, 2001 at 11:00 a.m.  The celebration will mark the completion of the 27 million-dollar terminal expansion that began in January 2000.  The public and media are invited to attend and participate.

Included in the festivities are: “Travel Tastes” food from destinations serviced from the airport, commemorative gifts to all, live entertainment, tour of aircraft, and the opportunity to win one of five “Trips for Two” courtesy of Pan American Airways.

“We think this new expansion will surprise everyone, plus it positions us to better serve our domestic and international customers in a modern and efficient manner”, said Victor White, executive director of the Sanford Airport Authority.  The expansion added a two-story terminal facility of more than 120,000 square feet. The facility increases airport capacity by three million passengers a year and services up to seven aircraft at its new gates. The terminal complex now includes 12 gates, accommodates international overflow traffic and caters to existing and future domestic carriers.  Larry Gouldthorpe, president of Orlando Sanford International, Inc. stated “The completion of this facility celebrates the accomplishments of our ‘Public / Private Partnership’ here at the airport. We believe the facility will impress our airline customers and the traveling public.”

Currently Orlando Sanford International Airport offers flights on Pan Am (www.flypanam.com) to Allentown, PA; Bangor, ME; Boston/Worcester; Chicago/Gary; Portsmouth/New England; and St. Louis/MidAmerica. Service to San Juan, Puerto Rico begins May 24th.

Dave Fink, president of Pan Am commented on the opening of the new facility, “They have done a beautiful job, we are delighted with our new home and look forward to continuing our growth there.”  He added, “As the only scheduled domestic airline at Orlando Sanford right now, we believe it is only a matter of time until we see other airlines take advantage of these great new facilities.”

Orlando Sanford International Airport is ranked among the 25 busiest international airports in the nation and is a convenient gateway to/from Central Florida. Located near the Orlando attractions, the Airport is also very convenient to Daytona Beach.  Adjacent to the airport are the business communities of Lake Mary and Heathrow, part of Florida’s “High Tech Corridor.”  Airlines and their passengers enjoy free parking, a congestion-free environment, short walking distances and low operating costs.

For more information, visit the airport’s website at www.orlandosanfordairport.com or their terminal management company’s website, Orlando Sanford International, Inc., at www.osi-airport.com.