Apr 29, 2022 - News

Columbus airport officials take steps to land new terminal by 2027

An overhead view of John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

John Glenn Columbus International Airport will see construction of a new terminal in 2024. Photo: Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch/USA Today Network

Plans for a new terminal at John Glenn Columbus International Airport are taking flight.

  • Piloting the news: Airport officials this week selected a pair of architectural firms, one of them based in Columbus, to design a terminal to be built over the next five years.

Why it matters: Columbus needs the new airport terminal to accommodate the increase in local air traffic in recent years, the pandemic notwithstanding.

State of play: The current terminal dates back to 1958 and the Columbus Regional Airport Authority has eyed a larger, modern replacement for over two decades.

  • Officials pushed forward with the plan after a record-breaking 2019 that saw 8.6 million passengers.

What they want: A 900,000-square foot terminal with 35 to 40 gates ā€” up from 34 now ā€” with at least two of them serving international travelers.

  • The project will also feature a redesigned roadway network around the airport and a new 5,000-space parking garage.

At the drawing board: Global architectural firm Gensler, which has previously designed airport terminal renovations in Detroit and San Francisco.

  • Gensler will partner with Columbus-based Moody Nolan, known for being America's largest Black-owned design firm.

What's next: Construction is expected to start in spring 2024 with the terminal fully open by 2027. The existing terminal would then be demolished.


Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Columbus.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Columbus stories

No stories could be found


Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Columbus.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more