Terminal Modernization Program

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The $80 million Port Columbus terminal modernization program is designed to create an exceptional travel experience for our valued customers. The renovated terminal will also position Port Columbus International Airport for future passenger activity and reinforce the airport’s $3.7 billion annual economic impact to the Columbus region.

Phased over several years with no significant impact to operations during construction, the terminal modernization program:

  • Builds upon the functional characteristics of the existing 55-year-old terminal structure to look and operate like new
  • Ensures the functional lifespan of the Port Columbus terminal for at least another 20 years
  • Utilizes energy and environmentally-efficient materials
  • Minimizes financial impact to airline partners by funding the program with capital reserves and Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs), which airlines already collect for airport improvements

More program details including updates, phasing, renderings and bid opportunities are contained on this page.


Terminal Modernization Updates

With the completion of Concourses A and C in 2013, Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines passengers have been enjoying bright, modern terminal upgrades while traveling through Port Columbus. Improvements continue in Concourse B and the Ticket Lobby, including security checkpoint areas; you’ll find updates on that terminal modernization progress below. Additionally, photo updates periodically appear on CMH Facebook.

Port Columbus greatly appreciates everyone’s patience while we work to enhance your airport experience.

Summer 2014
Concourse B upgrades in full swing

Modernization work in Port Columbus’ oldest concourse began in 2013 with installation of a new roof and technology rooms. Renovation of the former Skybus gate and holdroom areas are in progress to create new airline gates, new retail and concession square footage, and office space.

Some concessions and airlines will shift locations within the concourse to accommodate modernization and the merging of American Airlines and US Airways.

American and US Airways passengers will board their departing flights at newly refurbished Gates B19, B20 and B21, near the B checkpoint. While waiting for their flight, passengers can relax at Massage Bar’s new space next to Starbucks. Additionally, to accommodate concourse renovations, Ciao Gourmet Market will move into a new permanent location between Gate B20 and Quiznos.

Concourse B renovations will progress through multiple phases to maintain seamless air service and concessions operations while new terrazzo flooring, ceilings, lighting and restrooms are installed. Completion is slated for mid-2015 with Gilbane as the lead Concourse B modernization contractor.

Ticket Lobby
Terminal Modernization front and center in the Ticket Lobby

Modernization is in constant motion in the ticket lobby where pre-security work kicked off in late 2013. Renovations will continue into 2016 when the entire terminal, including baggage claim, will look and function like new. The latest ticket lobby progress being led by Turner is summarized below .
Concourse A Checkpoint

The structural build-out to accommodate expansion of A checkpoint from three to four lanes is under roof and walled in. The checkpoint temporarily shifted forward into the ticket lobby to make way for terrazzo flooring and other contemporary updates. In September security screening operations return to the newly expanded and modernized space followed by renovations in the escalator area leading to Southwest’s baggage claim.

Ticket Lobby Retail and Concession area

Carpet and ceiling demolition is obvious in this heavily traveled area that is being prepared for many modern upgrades, including terrazzo floor installation. Ongoing work also includes replacement of lights, ceiling, tile wainscoting, HVAC equipment and more throughout the next several months. All shops and the food court are scheduled to remain open.

Concourse C Checkpoint

Similar to Concourse A checkpoint but without the lane expansion, Concourse C temporarily moved to renovate that area of the ticket lobby. As with C, new ceilings, new lighting, new terrazzo flooring and more will greet Concourse C passengers in late September when the checkpoint moves back to its original spot.

Brushstrokes in Flight sculpture moved to atrium

Famed artist Roy Lichtenstein’s Brushstrokes in Flight (link) literally took flight in the terminal to a more prominent and regal home on the ground level of the lobby atrium. The move also makes more space for the Concourse B queue. In a subsequent construction phase, Brushstrokes in Flight will rise to new heights when a higher foundation is built.



Phasing of Renovation & Modernization


Major Elements of Terminal Modernization Program

Concourses A, B & C
  • Completely modernize restrooms
  • Pour new terrazzo flooring and install new carpet
  • Enhance natural lighting
  • Upgrade to LED fixtures
  • Upgrade architectural elements such as soffits & column wraps
  • Centralize self-service retail opportunities
  • Upgrade PA and mechanical systems, such as HVAC
  • Upgrade/replace roofs
  • Upgrade/replace jet bridges
  • Concourse A – Construct a new family restroom and additional concession space
  • Concourse B – Construct additional concession space


Ticket Lobby
  • Expand checkpoint A to 4 lanes
  • Completely modernize restrooms
  • Install new airline ticket counters
  • Install common use airline self-service kiosks
  • Upgrade IT infrastructure
  • Pour new terrazzo flooring
  • Enhance natural lighting
  • Upgrade to LED fixtures
  • Improve way finding by removing visual barriers
  • Upgrade architectural elements such as soffits & column wraps
  • Upgrade PA and mechanical systems, such as HVAC
  • Install new takeaway bag belt
  • Upgrade/replace the roof


Baggage Claim
  • Completely modernize restrooms
  • Enhance natural lighting
  • Upgrade to LED fixtures
  • Increase line-of-sight to improve way finding
  • Install new carpet
  • Upgrade architectural elements such as column wraps
  • Upgrade PA and mechanical systems, such as HVAC


Additional Information

  • If your company is interested in becoming involved with the Terminal Modernization Program, sign up for RSS feeds of bid opportunities.
  • Visit the feedback area to provide comments or ask questions about the Port Columbus Terminal Moderrmization Program.