Terminal Modernization Program

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The three-year, $80 million terminal renovation and modernization program will position Port Columbus International Airport for future passenger activity and reinforce the airport’s $3.7 billion annual economic impact to the Columbus region. On this page you can find details about the program including updates, phasing, renderings, bid opportunities and more!

With no signficant impact to operations during construction, the program will:

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


Terminal Modernization Updates

Periodic renovation updates appear here with more frequent, behind-the-wall photo journal updates posted on CMH Facebook. Port Columbus appreciates everyone’s patience while we create a more contemporary airport experience for you.

December 2013
Concourse C nearly complete, Vino Volo opens in Concourse A

Concourse A


Vino Volo Renderings

Two major phases of Port Columbus’ terminal modernization were essentially finished in 2013, the first year of the 3-year, $80 million program. Concourse A renovations produced space for two new concessions – Vino Volo which opened before Christmas next to Southwest Airlines’ Gate A4 - and Donatos Pizza, which opens early January 2014. Port Columbus is the hometown pizza king’s first airport restaurant. They’ve even developed a breakfast menu for passengers to try.


Most construction walls have been removed in Concourse C, revealing a beautiful span of gleaming terrazzo and bright new finishes for passengers to enjoy. One final set of new Concourse C restrooms are scheduled for completion in early 2014.

What’s next with Port Columbus Terminal Modernization?Ticketing
Renovations in the Concourse A security checkpoint recompose area wrap up soon, while the addition of another Concourse A security lane gets under way in January. That construction is part of the Ticket Lobby modernization phase.


The Ticket Lobby and Concourse B phases will proceed early in 2014 with the same modernization elements as applied in Concourses A and C. The Ticket Lobby will have more natural light, ticket counter reconfigurations and other upgrades that will enhance the airport’s position as a gateway to the Columbus region. Concourse B changes will mirror other concourse renovations, plus rearranging of airline gate locations and the addition of concession space. Concourse B work is scheduled for completion late 2014 and the Ticket Lobby should be finished in 2015.



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.