The new southern half of Terminal 2 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), which started operation Sunday morning with 13 shops and restaurants and gates for Continental, US Airways, United and Air Canada.
The $570 million Terminal 2 is a sunny building of steel, glass and tile. Laminated wood trusses support an undulating roofline over wide open spaces. Tar Heel echoes are everywhere in Terminal 2. Artworks celebrate the state’s history, culture and landscape.
Bars and restaurants feature North Carolina produce, barbecue, beers and wines.
Terminal 2 by the numbers:
- $570 million- Project cost
- 11.4 million- Yearly passengers that can be accommodated
- 920,000 square feet- Terminal space
- 2,160 feet- Length of combined C and D concourses
- 96 feet- Height of steel mast supporting the entrance canopy
- 60 feet- Height of arrival hall atrium
- 40- Shops, restaurants and services
- 36- Gates (26 assigned to airlines, 13 vacant)
- 10- Security checkpoint lanes
- 6- Major airlines (American, Continental, Delta, US Airways, United, Air Canada)
- 6- Public artworks
- 5- Bag carousels
- 3- Ticketing islands with 60 counters and 60 self-service kiosks
LOOK AROUND THE AIRPORT: GO TO NEWSOBSERVER.COM TO VIEW A PHOTO GALLERY OF SIGHTS FROM THE NEW SECTION OF TERMINAL 2.