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Orlando International Airport

Orlando International Airport (IATA: MCO, ICAO: KMCO, FAA LID: MCO)[5] is a major public airport located six miles (10 km) southeast of Downtown Orlando, Florida, United States. In 2017, MCO handled 44,611,265 passengers, making it the busiest airport in the state of Florida and the eleventh-busiest airport in the United States.

Orlando International Airport
Orlando International Airport Logo.svg
Orlando International Airport terminal from arriving airplane.jpg
View of a terminal as seen from an arriving plane with the control tower in the background
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorGreater Orlando Aviation Authority
ServesOrlando, Florida, U.S.
LocationOrlando, Florida, U.S.
Opened1981 (1981)
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL96 ft / 29 m
Coordinates28°25′46″N 81°18′32″W / 28.42944°N 81.30889°W / 28.42944; -81.30889Coordinates: 28°25′46″N 81°18′32″W / 28.42944°N 81.30889°W / 28.42944; -81.30889
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
MCO is located in Florida
Location of airport in Florida / United States
MCO is located in the US
MCO (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17L/35R 9,001 2,743 Concrete
17R/35L 10,000 3,048 Concrete
18L/36R 12,005 3,659 Asphalt/Concrete
18R/36L 12,004 3,659 Concrete
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 44 13 Concrete
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft operations330,708[1]
Airfreight (tonne)199,598[1]

The airport serves as a hub for Silver Airways and a focus city for Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, and Spirit. Southwest is the airport's largest carrier by passengers carried. The airport also is a major international gateway for the mid-Florida region, with flights by foreign air carriers. At 13,302 acres (5,383 ha), MCO is one of the largest commercial airports in the US.[2] In addition, the airport is home to a maintenance base for United Airlines.[6]

The airport code MCO stands for the airport's former name, McCoy Air Force Base, a Strategic Air Command (SAC) installation, that was closed in 1975 as part of a general military drawdown following the end of the Vietnam War.

In terms of commercial airline service, the Greater Orlando area is also served by Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), and more indirectly by Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB), Tampa International Airport (TPA), and St. Pete–Clearwater International Airport (PIE).



Military yearsEdit

The airfield was originally constructed as a U.S. Army Air Forces facility and military operations began in 1942 as Orlando Army Air Field #2, an auxiliary airfield to Orlando Army Air Base, which is now known as Orlando Executive Airport. Orlando Army Air Field #2 was renamed Pinecastle Army Airfield in January 1943. At the end of World War II, Pinecastle was briefly used for unpowered glide tests of the Bell X-1 from B-29 aircraft before the program moved to Muroc Army Airfield in California– now Edwards AFB – for the world's first supersonic flight. With the establishment of an independent U.S. Air Force in 1947, the airfield was briefly placed in caretaker status, until being reactivated during the Korean War as a Strategic Air Command (SAC) facility for B-47 Stratojets and KC-97 Stratofreighters and renamed Pinecastle AFB.

In the 1950s, the base began hosting SAC's annual Bombing and Navigation Competition. A B-47 Stratojet crashed during the 1958 competition, killing Colonel Michael Norman Wright McCoy, commander of the 321st Bombardment Wing, which was the host wing for Pinecastle AFB. The following year the base was renamed for McCoy. The base later was home to the 306th Bombardment Wing operating the B-52 Stratofortress and the KC-135 Stratotanker. It was also used by EC-121 Warning Star early warning aircraft of the 966th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron, a tenant unit at McCoy assigned to the Aerospace Defense Command.

During the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, McCoy AFB became a temporary forward operating base for more than 120 F-100 Super Sabre and F-105 Thunderchief fighter bombers and the primary base for U-2 reconnaissance aircraft flying over Cuba. One of these U-2s was shot down by Soviet-operated SA-2 Guideline surface-to-air missiles near Banes, Cuba. Its pilot, Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr., USAF, was the crisis' only combat death. Following the crisis, McCoy AFB hosted a permanent U-2 operating detachment of the 100th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing until 1973.

McCoy AFB was identified for closure in early 1973 as part of a post-Vietnam reduction in force. The following year, McCoy's 306th Bombardment Wing was inactivated, its B-52D Stratofortress and KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft reassigned to other SAC units and most of the McCoy AFB facility turned over to the city of Orlando by the General Services Administration (GSA) in late 1974 and early and mid 1975. USAF responsibility for the airfield's air traffic control tower was turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the airport established its own crash, fire and rescue department, initially utilizing equipment transferred by the GSA.

Civil-military yearsEdit

In the early 1960s, when jet airline flights came to Orlando, the installation became a joint civil-military facility.

Early jetliners such as the Boeing 707, Boeing 720, Douglas DC-8 and Convair 880 required longer and sturdier runways than the ones at Herndon Airport (now Orlando Executive Airport). Nearby lakes and commercial and residential development made expansion impractical, so an agreement was reached between the city of Orlando and the U.S. Air Force in 1962 to use McCoy AFB under a joint arrangement. The military offered a large AGM-28 Hound Dog missile maintenance hangar and its associated flight line ramp area in the northeast corner of the field for conversion into a civil air terminal. The city would then cover the cost of building a replacement missile maintenance hangar on the main base's western flight line. The new civil facility would be known as the Orlando Jetport at McCoy and would operate alongside McCoy AFB. This agreement became a model for other joint civil-military airports in operation today.[7][8]

Airline flights to the Orlando Jetport began shortly after an agreement was signed by the city and USAF in October 1961.[9] Over the next few years airline flights shifted from the old Herndon Airport (renamed in 1982 as the Orlando Executive Airport (IATA: ORL, ICAO: KORL, FAA LID: ORL)). In 1971 scheduled airlines were Delta Air Lines, Eastern Air Lines, National Airlines and Southern Airways.[citation needed]

When McCoy AFB closed in 1975, part of the facility stayed under military control to support Naval Training Center Orlando and several tenant commands.

There are only a few enclaves on the original McCoy AFB site that the military still uses such as the 164th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from the Florida Army National Guard in the former McCoy AFB Officers Club complex, an Army Reserve intelligence unit in the former SAC Alert Facility, the 1st Lieutenant David R. Wilson Armed Forces Reserve Center supporting multiple units of the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve that was constructed in 2002, and a large Navy Exchange for active, reserve and retired military personnel and their dependents.

Civil-only yearsEdit

Two Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200s parked at MCO
Orlando International Airport
Parking Garage A
Airside 1
(Gates 1–29)
Airside 2
(Gates 100–129)
Airside 3
(Gates 30–59)
Airside 4
(Gates 70–99)
Parking Garage B
to Miami (planned)
Parking Garage C
Intermodal Terminal
to DeBary or Poinciana (proposed)

In 1975, the final Air Force contingent departed McCoy AFB and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) was established as a state-chartered local governmental agency and an enterprise fund of the city of Orlando. GOAA's mission was to operate, manage and oversee construction of expansions and improvements to both the Orlando International Airport and the Orlando Executive Airport. The airport gained its current name and international airport status a year later in 1976, but retained its old IATA airport code MCO and ICAO airport code KMCO.

The airport became a U.S. Customs Service Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) in 1978, said zone being designated as FTZ #42.[citation needed] In 1979, the facility was also designated as a large hub airport by the FAA based on flight operations and passenger traffic.

In 1978, construction of the current Landside Terminal and Airsides 1 and 3 began, opening in 1981. The original International Concourse was housed in Airside 1 and opened in 1984. Funding to commence developing the east side of the airport was bonded in 1986, with Runway 17/35 (now 17R/35L) completed in 1989. Airside 4 opened in 1990 and also contains an International Concourse for the processing of international flights. Airside 2, which filled out what will become known as the North Terminal complex, was completed in 2000, with the last additional gates added in 2006. Runway 17L/35R was opened in 2003, providing the airport with a total of four runways.

In 1978, the airport handled 5 million passengers. By 2000 that number had risen to 30 million.[citation needed] Today it covers 54 square kilometers (20.8 sq mi) and is the fourth-largest airport in the United States by area after Denver International Airport which covers 136 square kilometers (52.4 sq mi) of land area, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport which covers 70 square kilometers (26.9 sq mi), and Southwest Florida International Airport which covers 55 square kilometers (21.2 sq mi). MCO has North America's fourth tallest control tower at 345 feet, replacing two earlier Air Force and FAA control towers.

Orlando was a designated Space Shuttle emergency landing site. The west-side runways, Runway 18L/36R and Runway 18R/36L, were designed for B-52 Stratofortress bombers and due to their proximity to NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, were an obvious choice for an emergency landing should an emergency "return to launch site (RTLS) attempt to land at KSC have fallen short. The runway was also an emergency divert site for NASA's Boeing 747 Shuttle Transport Aircraft when relocating orbiters from either west coast modification work or divert recoveries at Edwards AFB, California or the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.[10]

Eastern Air Lines used Orlando as a hub during the 1970s and early 1980s, and became "the official airline of Walt Disney World." Following Eastern's demise, Delta Air Lines assumed this role, although it later pulled much of its large aircraft hub operations from Orlando, and focused its service there on regional jet flights, specifically with Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Comair and Chautauqua Airlines – all part of the Delta Connection system. All Delta Connection service ended September 30, 2008. After the merger with Northwest Airlines, Delta Connection service to Grand Rapids started. Delta Connection service to Raleigh/Durham also started and service to Miami began on March 27, 2011, but service to Miami has since ended. In recent years, Delta Air Lines has increased its service at Orlando to many places around the U.S., as well as seasonal service to Cancun, Mexico.

On February 22, 2005, the airport became the first airport in Florida to accept E-Pass and SunPass toll transponders as a form of payment for parking. The system allows drivers to enter and exit a parking garage without pulling a ticket or stopping to pay the parking fee. The two toll roads that serve the airport, SR 528 (Beachline Expressway) and SR 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay), use these systems for automatic toll collection.

In October 2006, a 100-space Cell Phone Parking Lot for drivers to use while waiting for passengers to arrive was opened. The lot is set up as a free Wi-Fi Hotspot, enabling drivers to use their mobile devices to access the Internet, check e-mail, and monitor flight status. Around the same time an Express Pickup service at each terminal allowing drivers to park their vehicles temporarily at a secure location just outside the baggage reclaim area in order to meet their arriving party in person was opened. A fee is charged for this service and is only available to E-Pass and SunPass users.

The original terminal building, a converted hangar, was described as inadequate for the task at hand even when it was first opened as Orlando Jetport. After its closure in 1981, it passed through several tenants, the last of which was UPS. It was demolished in May 2006.[11]

On February 1, 2010, Allegiant began operations at the airport. The company moved one half of its Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) schedule to Orlando to test revenue at the higher cost airport. After evaluating the routes out of Orlando, the carrier decided to consolidate and return its Orlando area operations to Sanford citing an inability to achieve a fare premium at Orlando as anticipated, passenger preference for Orlando Sanford International Airport, higher costs at Orlando than expected and a more efficient operating environment at Sanford.[12]

By the end of 2015, the airport handled 38.8 million passengers, surpassing its previous record of 36.4 million in 2007. In 2017, the airport reached 44.6 million passengers, surpassing Miami International Airport to be become the busiest airport in the state of Florida.[13]

Terminals and concoursesEdit

View of the East Atrium, showing the on-site hotel rooms of the Hyatt Regency

The Orlando International Airport has a hub-and-spoke layout with a large main terminal building and four airside concourses accessible via elevated people movers, with a total of 129 gates. The main terminal building is divided into two terminals; Terminal A (on the building's north side) and Terminal B (on the building's south side). There are passenger check-in and baggage claim facilities in both terminals, which also share two security checkpoints, one in the West Hall leading to Airsides 1 & 3, and another in the East Atrium, leading to Airsides 2 & 4. Unlike the similar setup used in Tampa, passengers are required to go through security before accessing the people movers.

Airsides 1 and 3, and later Airside 4, were designed by KBJ Architects,[14] while Airside 2 was designed by Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock Architects, and Rhodes + Brito Architects.[15] C.T. Hsu + Associates and Rhodes + Brito Architects designed renovations that were made to Airsides 1 and 3, which were completed by April 2010.[16]

Airside 4 currently serves as the airport's primary international arrivals concourse; Airside 1 also handles some international arrivals. Arriving international passengers who require immigration and/or customs clearance are processed through those checkpoints in the airside terminal where they arrive. After clearing U.S. immigration, passengers collect their baggage and clear U.S. customs. After clearing customs, international passengers must ride the people mover to the main terminal. Airside 4 provides escalator access directly from the customs hall to the people mover platform. This has eliminated the requirement for arriving international passengers to go through a security inspection between the customs area and the people mover, and as a result they now have the option of bringing their checked baggage with them on the people mover. Alternatively, passengers also have the option of placing their baggage on a transfer belt in the customs hall for transport to the main terminal's baggage claim. Passengers who are connecting to a flight in Airside 4 or clearing customs in Airside 1, as well as airport employees, will need to go through security upon exiting customs.

The airport features an on-site Hyatt Regency hotel within the main terminal structure. The hotel is located on the East Atrium side of the terminal with a fourth floor lobby level and guest rooms beginning on level five and above. The airport features an expansive lobby area for guests awaiting flights, convention space, several bars, and two restaurants including a signature restaurant on the top level of the terminal building overlooking the airport facility and runways below.

Terminal AEdit

Terminal A consists of the northern half of the main terminal, with tramway systems to Airside 1 and Airside 2. Airlines operating check-in and baggage facilities within Terminal A generally operate out of Airside 1 and Airside 2, but that is not always the case.

Airside 1Edit

Airside 2Edit

Terminal BEdit

United Airlines at Gate 41 getting ready to depart to Newark Liberty International Airport.

Terminal B consists of the southern half of the main terminal, with tramway systems to Airside 3 and Airside 4. Airlines operating check-in and baggage facilities within Terminal B generally operate out of Airside 3 and Airside 4, but that is not always the case. Airside 4 also houses the primary international arrivals concourse used by many European airlines.

Airside 3Edit

Airside 4Edit

Notable servicesEdit

Delta Air Lines was the first airline with jet flights, with DC-8 'fanjet' 'Royal Service' flights.

Eastern Airlines 'the wings of man', became the first 'official' airline of the Walt Disney World Resort, and sponsored an attraction in their 'Tomorrowland' called: 'If You Had Wings'. Later when Eastern closed Delta took the attraction over, it was called Dream Flight.

In the early 1970s Delta, National, and Eastern Airlines began 'widebody' flights to MCO, National with the DC-10-10 and −30 and Delta and Eastern Airlines with the L-1011. Eastern had wide-body, intrastate service with L-1011 flights to Miami.

Lufthansa's and Virgin Atlantic's Boeing 747-400 are currently the largest airliners at the airport. Virgin Atlantic has multiple daily flights from the UK, including London Gatwick, Manchester, Glasgow, and Belfast, along with Lufthansa's one daily flight to Frankfurt am Main in Germany. During peak seasons, up to five Virgin Boeing 747s may be at Orlando's gates at once. British Airways competes with Virgin to London Gatwick with up to ten Boeing 777s a week.[19]

The inaugural Emirates flight at Gate 84, operated with an Airbus A380 aircraft (this was one-time as the flight is operated by a Boeing 777-300ER).

In March 2015, Emirates announced that they will begin daily service to the airport from Dubai International Airport beginning September 1, 2015.[20] The airport had tried to attract Emirates for five years before the service was announced.[21][22] Orlando International was the first airport in Florida served by Emirates. The airline expects three major markets for the flights: leisure and corporate travelers along with locals of Asian heritage traveling to Asia, which is well-served by the airline.[23] Greater Orlando Aviation Association Chair Frank Kruppenbacher called the new service "without question the biggest, most significant move forward for our airport"[22] and estimates that the local economic impact of the new service will be up to $100 million annually.[24] The inaugural flight was made with an Airbus A380. Regularly scheduled flights operate with Boeing 777-300ERs.[25][26]

Terminal expansions and renovationsEdit

Airside terminals 1 and 3, both of which opened in 1981, recently underwent major renovations designed by architects C.T. Hsu + Associates.[16] The new terminal designs incorporate modern architectural features that includes new skylights and expanded concession areas. In addition, the mechanical and electrical systems were completely overhauled in each terminal. The General Contractor was Hensel Phelps Construction Co. for both Airside 1 & 3. The project was completed in both terminals in 2010. In 2012, British Airways announced the opening of a 'shared lounge' in Airside 4.

Rental Car Quick Turnaround FacilityEdit

Two state of the art car rental facilities were recently completed on both the north side Terminal A and south side Terminal B. Select car rental agencies currently operate on-site car rental pickup in the ground level of the main parking garages. The new facilities have relocated the car rental pickup process to the new facilities and have allowed additional space for off-site agencies to relocate to the on-site airport facilities.

South Airport Intermodal TerminalEdit

The South Airport Intermodal Terminal is currently under construction approximately one mile due south of the main airport terminal. The new station, which is partially being funded by the Florida Department of Transportation, will serve as the Orlando station for the Brightline higher speed regional rail service to South Florida,[27] possibly Sunrail, and a link to International Drive. The station, which will be connected to the main terminal via an automated people mover (APM) system, is mostly reusing plans from the original Florida High Speed Rail Orlando Airport station, which would have been northern terminus of the initial Orlando-Tampa route along the Interstate 4 corridor, a project that was killed. As part of the estimated $684 million price tag for the intermodal terminal complex,[27] the airport authority is also building a new 2,500 space parking garage.

A future connection to the SunRail commuter rail service is also being explored. The route to the current SunRail line would travel along a Orlando Utilities Commission rail spur, before either branching off to the intermodal station, or have an intermediate transfer point on to light rail to complete the journey to this station.[28][29] Also, multiple options are being considered for the link to I-Drive, either an elevated maglev train system built by American Maglev Technology, connecting the airport to the Orange County Convention Center, the Florida Mall, and the Sand Lake Road SunRail station,[30][31] or a light rail link running along a similar route as the maglev alternative between the airport and International Drive.[32]

South Terminal ComplexEdit

Proposed design for the South Terminal

In May 2015, the Board of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) voted unanimously to approve construction of the $1.8 billion South Terminal Complex (STC), which will be located directly south of the existing terminal.[33] The STC will be built adjacent to the South Airport Intermodal Terminal, which was completed in early 2018, and both will be connected to the existing terminal via a new Automated People Mover (APM).[34] Phase I (which will be known as "Terminal C") will encompass approximately 300 acres and will include new aircraft taxiways and aprons, a 2.7 million square foot terminal building with 16-24 gates, and a 6-story 5,000 space parking garage. Construction of the STC began in 2017 and will be operational by 2021.[35] In June 2018 GOAA approved the expansion of Phase 1, known as Phase 1X, which will further add another 6 gates to the South. The 2 construction firms building the new South Terminal are Hensel Phelps (airside), and Turner-Kiewit Joint Venture, TKJV, for landside. Vanderlande Industries will be providing the new high tech ICS Baggage Handling System (BHS).

Airlines and destinationsEdit


Aer Lingus Dublin [36]
Aeroméxico Mexico City [37]
Aeroméxico Connect Seasonal: Monterrey[38] [37]
Air Canada Ottawa
Seasonal: Halifax
Air Canada Rouge Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson [39]
Air Transat Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Moncton, Québec City
Alaska Airlines Portland (OR), San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma [41]
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Washington–National [42]
Avianca Bogotá [43]
Avianca Costa Rica Guatemala City[44] [43]
Avianca El Salvador San Salvador [45]
Avianca Perú Lima[44] [43]
Azul Brazilian Airlines Belo Horizonte-Confins, Campinas, Recife [46]
Bahamasair Nassau
Seasonal: Freeport
British Airways London–Gatwick [48]
Caribbean Airlines Port of Spain
Seasonal: Kingston–Norman Manley
Copa Airlines Panama City [50]
Delta Air Lines Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Raleigh/Durham, Salt Lake City, São Paulo–Guarulhos (ends March 11, 2019),[51] Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Cancún
Delta Connection Seasonal: Birmingham (AL), Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis, Washington–National [52]
Edelweiss Air Zürich [53]
Emirates Dubai–International [54]
Flair Airlines Seasonal: Edmonton (begins December 14, 2018),[55] Winnipeg (begins December 15, 2018)[55] [56]
Frontier Airlines Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham (AL),[57] Bloomington/Normal, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus–Glenn, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Greenville/Spartanburg,[58] Harrisburg,[59] Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Long Island/Islip,[60] Memphis,[61] Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk,[62] Oklahoma City,[63] Omaha, Ontario,[64] Philadelphia, Pittsburgh (ends January 4, 2019), Portland (ME), Providence,[65] Raleigh/Durham, San Antonio, St. Louis, San Juan, Syracuse,[66] Trenton, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Albany, Albuquerque,[57] Burlington (VT) (begins February 9, 2019), Knoxville, Madison, Huntsville,[67] Jackson,[68] Lafayette (LA), Little Rock, Louisville, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–LaGuardia,[69] Portsmouth (NH), San Diego, Tulsa
Gol Airlines Brasília, Fortaleza [71]
Icelandair Reykjavík–Keflavík [72]
Interjet Mexico City[73] [74]
JetBlue Airways Aguadilla, Albany, Atlanta,[75] Austin, Baltimore (ends January 7, 2019), Boston, Bogotá, Buffalo, Cancún, Hartford, Havana, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montego Bay, Nassau, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Newark, Newburgh, Ponce, Port-au-Prince, Providence, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San José de Costa Rica, San Juan, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Syracuse, Washington–National, White Plains, Worcester [76]
LATAM Brasil Fortaleza (ends March 30, 2019),[77] Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Guarulhos [78]
LATAM Chile Seasonal: Santiago de Chile[79] [78]
LATAM Perú Lima [78]
Lufthansa Frankfurt [80]
Norwegian Air Shuttle London–Gatwick, Oslo–Gardermoen, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Silver Airways Fort Lauderdale, Huntsville,[82] Key West, Pensacola
Seasonal: Marsh Harbour, North Eleuthera
Southwest Airlines Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham (AL), Buffalo, Chicago–Midway, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas–Love, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Hartford, Houston–Hobby, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Long Island/Islip, Louisville, Manchester (NH), Memphis, Milwaukee, Montego Bay, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, New York-LaGuardia, Norfolk, Oakland, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh/Durham, Rochester (NY), Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose (CA), San Juan, St. Louis, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National
Seasonal: Albuquerque (resumes April 13, 2019), Boston (resumes April 13, 2019), Cincinnati (begins March 9, 2019),[84] Cleveland, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Oklahoma City, Omaha,[85] Richmond (resumes March 9, 2019), Portland (ME), Tulsa
Spirit Airlines Aguadilla, Akron/Canton, Asheville, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Austin (begins February 14, 2019),[87] Baltimore, Bogotá, Boston, Cartagena, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn,[88] Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver (begins February 28, 2019),[89] Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro,[90] Guatemala City, Hartford, Houston–Intercontinental, Kansas City, Kingston-Norman Manley (begins March 1, 2019),[89] Las Vegas,[91] Latrobe/Pittsburgh, Medellín-JMC, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montego Bay (begins February 28, 2019),[89] Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, Newark, Panama City-Tocumen, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Richmond, San José de Costa Rica, San Pedro Sula, San Juan, San Salvador, Santo Domingo-Las Américas, St. Thomas [92]
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Nashville, Portland (OR)
Sunrise Airways Port-au-Prince [94]
Sunwing Airlines Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Moncton, Winnipeg
Swoop Seasonal: Hamilton (ON)[96] [97]
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham (UK), Glasgow, London–Gatwick, Manchester (UK) [98]
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles [99]
Virgin Atlantic London–Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Seasonal: Belfast–International, Glasgow
Volaris Guadalajara, Mexico City [101]
WestJet Calgary, Halifax, St. John's, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Edmonton, London (ON), Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon,[102] Vancouver, Winnipeg
WOW air Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík (begins December 18, 2018)[104] [105]


DHL Aviation Cincinnati, Miami
FedEx Express Greensboro, Indianapolis, Memphis, Miami, Newark
FedEx Feeder Tallahassee
UPS Airlines Columbia, Fort Lauderdale, Louisville, Miami, Newark, Ontario (CA)


Domestic statisticsEdit

Top destinationsEdit

Busiest domestic routes from MCO
(September 2017 – August 2018)
Rank Airport Passengers Airlines
1 Atlanta, Georgia 1,419,840 Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
2 Newark, New Jersey 1,027,450 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, United
3 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 836,000 American, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
4 New York–JFK, New York 762,000 American, Delta, JetBlue
5 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 728,160 American, Frontier, Spirit, United
6 Detroit, Michigan 629,190 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
7 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 622,290 American, Spirit
8 Baltimore, Maryland 594,490 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
9 Los Angeles, California 577,300 Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, United
10 San Juan, Puerto Rico 573,150 Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit

Airline market shareEdit

Largest Airlines at MCO
September 2017 to August 2018

Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 Southwest 10,728,000 27.50%
2 Delta 5,913,000 15.16%
3 American 5,316,000 13.63%
4 JetBlue 4,809,000 12.33%
5 Spirit 3,802,000 9.75%
6 Others 8,442,000 21.64%

International statisticsEdit

Orlando International Airport was the 14th largest international gateway in the United States and second largest in Florida (behind Miami International Airport) for the year ending June 2013. The airport handled 3,694,774 arrivals on international flights during that period, of which 82.9% were carried by a foreign airline and 17.1% by a domestic airline.[108]

Top destinationsEdit

Busiest international routes from Orlando (2016)[109]
Rank City 2016 Passengers 2014 Passengers Top carriers
1   London–Gatwick, United Kingdom 767,105 678,159 British Airways, Norwegian, Thomas Cook, Virgin Atlantic
2   Toronto, Canada 685,697 623,443 Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing, WestJet
3   Manchester, United Kingdom 493,713 429,979 Thomas Cook, Virgin Atlantic
4   Mexico City, Mexico 358,928 187,364 Aeromexico, Volaris
5   Panama City, Panama 373,990 349,755 Copa Airlines
6   São Paulo–Guarulhos, Brazil 337,382 278,297 LATAM, Delta
7   Montréal, Canada 212,268 215,499 Air Canada, Air Transat, WestJet
8   Bogotá, Colombia 180,854 190,613 Avianca, JetBlue
9   Nassau, Bahamas 131,726 127,185 Bahamasair, JetBlue
10   Cancún, Mexico 103,458 103,116 Delta, JetBlue

Airline market shareEdit

International Airlines at Orlando (2015 – 2016) by number of passengers flown[110]
Rank Airline Passengers
Change Destinations
1 Virgin Atlantic Airways 15: 820,688
16: 863,387
 05.2% London–Gatwick, Manchester (UK)

Seasonal: Belfast-International, Glasgow–International

2 Air Canada1 15: 571,336
16: 648,950
 013.5% Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Toronto–Pearson

Seasonal: Halifax

3 Copa Airlines 15: 386,291
16: 393,334
 01.8% Panama City
4 WestJet 15: 337,068
16: 370,399
 09.8% Calgary, Halifax, St. John's, Toronto–Pearson

Seasonal: Charlottetown, Edmonton, Hamilton (ON), Kitchener–Waterloo, London (ON), Moncton, Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Regina, Vancouver, Winnipeg

5 British Airways 15: 291,673
16: 279,486
 04.1% London–Gatwick
6 LATAM Brasil 15: 338,123
16: 268,125
 020.7% São Paulo–Guarulhos
7 Thomas Cook Airlines 15: 141,825
16: 247,046
 074% Seasonal: Belfast–International, Cardiff, Glasgow–International, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted, Manchester (UK)
8 Lufthansa 15: 232,162
16: 233,220
 00.45% Frankfurt
9 Azul Brazilian Airlines 15: 194,609
16: 203,129
 04.3% Campinas, Recife
10 Aeroméxico 15: 198,871
16: 201,896
 01.5% Mexico City

Annual trafficEdit

Annual traffic[111]
Year Passengers Change from previous year
2000 30,823,509  05.6%
2001 28,253,248  08.3%
2002 26,653,672  05.7%
2003 27,319,223  02.5%
2004 31,143,388  014.0%
2005 34,128,048  08.4%
2006 34,640,451  01.5%
2007 36,480,416  05.3%
2008 35,660,742  02.3%
2009 33,693,649  05.5%
2010 34,877,899  03.5%
2011 35,356,991  01.4%
2012 35,214,430  00.4%
2013 34,973,645  00.8%
2014 35,714,091  02.7%
2015 38,727,749  08.4%
2016 41,923,399  08.0%
2017 44,611,265  06.5%


The Orlando International Airport is a major transportation hub for the Central Florida region and provides various ground transportation options including public transit, private transportation, and car rental.


The main terminals are fed by Jeff Fuqua Boulevard and Access Road, which are fed by Florida State Road 528 and Florida State Road 417, respectively. Other major highways in the vicinity of the airport include Florida's Turnpike, Florida State Road 482, Florida State Road 15, Florida State Road 436, and U.S. Route 441.


Lynx, the local metro area public transportation system, operates a sub-station at the airport with public bus service to Downtown Orlando, Sunrail, and other area routes. The airport is served by buses (links) 11, 42, 51, 111, 436S and FastLink 407.[112] The airport is the terminus of the Lynx 11, 111, and 42 routes and all of them also service the Sunrail station at Sand Lake Road. Passengers have a free transfer between LYNX and SunRail at a SunRail station.

Disney's Magical ExpressEdit

A complimentary motor coach transportation service to all twenty four Walt Disney World resort hotels. The motor coach service is operated by Mears Transportation and is available to Disney guests with resort reservations. An agreement with BAGS Incorporated also provides checked luggage pickup and delivery system for Disney guests utilizing the Disney's Magical Express service.

Cruise line transportationEdit

The airport serves as a major inbound gateway for cruise line passengers departing out of Port Canaveral on lines including Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, SunCruz Casinos, and Sterling Casinos, all operating motorcoach transportation to Port Canaveral, primarily with partnerships with Mears Transportation.

Helipad and otherEdit

A de facto helipad, referred to by GOAA as a "helistop" in view of its limited facilities, is located on the top level of the terminal top parking garage and is available landing space with proper clearance for private transportation via helicopter. It is often used for transportation of high-profile celebrities, elected officials, and business and governmental executives to and from the airport.

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