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Riley Terminals A and B Improvements Project

The Thomas F. Riley Terminal (Riley Terminal) opened to the public on September 16, 1990. Terminals A and B included 14 commercial passenger gates, four baggage carousels, two airline club lounges and a variety of food and gift concessions.

In 2005, the County began a multi-year effort, the “Airport Improvement Program” (AIP), to construct a series of new facilities: Terminal C, Parking Structure C, Central Utility Plant and South Remain Overnight (RON) aircraft parking area.

When major elements of the AIP were completed in 2011, the County began to plan for improvements to Riley Terminals A and B to ensure the aesthetics and amenities in those facilities matched the standards set in Terminal C.

In early 2016, the County initiated the Riley Terminals A and B Improvements Project – a phased endeavor with numerous safety, code compliance, comfort, convenience and aesthetic improvements which include, but are not limited to:

  • Terminal Restroom Refurbishment
  • New Nursing Mother’s Lounge and Animal Relief Area (ARA) Construction
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Upgrades
  • Interior Signage and Wayfinding Improvements
  • Vaulted Ceilings and New Paint
  • Lighting Renovations
  • Marble Floor Improvements
  • Seismic Retrofit of Structural and Nonstructural Items
  • Fire Code and Life Safety Upgrades
  • Roofing Repairs
  • Carpet and Ceiling Tile Replacement
  • Skycap Area Upgrades

The $117.4 million project was completed 16 weeks ahead of schedule, on October 29, 2018, and more than $1.08 million under budget.

For more information Deanne Thompson at 949.252.5182 or

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Last updated: 07/26/19