BRIGHTLINE has unveiled its new station at Orlando International Airport, ahead of the launch of services on the 378.6km route between Miami and Orlando this summer.

Brightline also announced that tickets for services to Orlando will go on sale in May, with single fares starting at $US 79 for Smart class and $US 149 for Premium class. Smart fare bundles for families of four will be available for less than $US 199 one-way.

More than 300 invited guests took part in the station unveiling ceremony, including Orlando mayor, Mr Buddy Dyer, Orange County mayor, Mr Jerry Demings, and Greater Orlando Aviation Authority CEO, Mr Kevin Thibault, alongside Brightline CEO, Mr Mike Reininger, and president, Mr Patrick Goddard.

The 3469.9m2 station is located within a 7432.2m2 building adjacent to Terminal C at Orlando International Airport. The station connects directly with the airport’s Parking Garage C, which will have more than 350 parking spaces allocated for Brightline passengers.

The station, which features Brightline’s signature yellow livery, provides direct access to terminals A and B in under five minutes via an automated people mover. The station is also served by Brightline’s first and last-mile bus service, Brightline+.

The station was designed by Bigtime Design Studios, alongside Mr Sonny Fornoles, an associate at architectural practice Borrelli + Partners. Construction was led by Gomez Construction.

Inside the station, passengers can purchase tickets and check in luggage before proceeding through touchless turnstiles into the security screening tunnel. Passengers then enter a two-story station space featuring a bar and retail areas.

Brightline’s Premium class will include complimentary meals, snacks and drinks, a dedicated first-class lounge, free checked luggage, priority boarding and a dedicated coach on the train.

Throughout the station, passenger amenities will include free high-speed Wi-Fi, charging stations at every seat, 87 big screen televisions and a children’s play area. Access to the 304m-long platforms will be via escalator or elevator.

Service from Orlando will comprise 16 daily round trips with hourly departures between Miami and Orlando and a non-stop journey time of 2h 59min. Regular services will stop at all intermediate Brightline stations including West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Aventura, with a journey time of 3h 30min.

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