In 1976, construction began on the $35 million Terminal 3 and its $13 million parking garage. At that time, 4.4 million people were flying in and out of the Airport annually. After Terminal 3 opened in 1979, passenger traffic grew to 7 million. Terminal 3 set new standards in air terminals, with 880,000 square-feet of space and 23 gates on two concourses. Airline ticket counters and baggage claim are on the ground level, while shops, restaurants and access to the gates are on the second. The six-level parking garage is accessible via elevators in the terminal. By the end of 1985, passenger traffic mushroomed to 11.6 million at Terminal 3.
Terminal 3 continues to serve passengers with state-of-the-art facilities and services. A remodeling project completed in 1997 renovated the second level lobby and concession area and added 11 new shops