The original 22,000 square foot Eddie Martin Terminal was built in 1967 to accommodate 400,000 annual passengers. Remodeling added two passenger holding areas in 1974, a new baggage claim area in 1980 and a terminal annex building in 1982, bringing the facility to 29,000 square feet. The Eddie Martin Terminal was demolished in 1994 following completion of the new Thomas F. Riley Terminal.
The Thomas F. Riley Terminal opened to the public on September 16, 1990 and is named after the former Fifth District Supervisor whose role in community negotiations advanced the Airport Improvement Project that resulted in construction of the new Terminal complex. The 337,900 square foot building (Terminals A and B) included 14 commercial passenger gates, four baggage carousels, two airline club lounges, and a variety of food and gift concessions. The new Terminal was designed to accommodate 8.4 Million Annual Passengers (MAP).
In 2011, JWA completed the majority of a multi-year improvement program that included construction of a third multi-level Terminal C with six new commercial passenger gates; two commuter terminals; new security checkpoints; additional dining and shopping concessions; greater baggage screening capabilities; new federal inspection facilities to accommodate international arrivals; Parking Structure C with 2,000+ parking spaces; a Central Utility Plant; and a new South Remain-Over-Night (RON) aircraft parking area.
The current Riley Terminal is 730,505 square feet, and provides 20 commercial passenger gates and two smaller commuter passenger terminals at the north and south ends. In October 2018, the Airport completed a major improvement project that, in addition to numerous safety, code, comfort and aesthetic improvements, it also included adding a Nursing Mother’s Lounge and Animal Relief Area.