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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 type Public
Owner/Operator Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
Serves Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Location Unincorporated area of Orange County, Florida, U.S.
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 96 ft / 29 m
Coordinates 28°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
Website www.orlandoairports.net
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
MCO is located in Florida
MCO is located in the US
Location of airport in Florida / United States
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 operations 330,708[1]
Passengers 44,611,265 [1]
Airfreight (tonne) 199,598 [1]

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

The airport serves as a hub for Silver Airways, as well as a focus city for Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, and Spirit Airlines. Southwest Airlines 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 U.S.[2]

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 years[edit]

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 years[edit]

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.[6][7]

Airline flights to the Orlando Jetport began shortly after an agreement was signed by the city and USAF in October 1961.[8] Over the next few years airline flights shifted from the old Herndon Airport (renamed in 1982 as the Orlando Executive Airport (IATA: ORLICAO: KORLFAA 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 years[edit]

Two Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200s parked at MCO

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 second tallest control tower, 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.[9]

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.[10]

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 Sanford than expected and a more efficient operating environment at Sanford.[11]

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.[12]

Terminals and concourses[edit]

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. The main terminal building is divided into two terminals; A and B. There are passenger check-in and baggage claim facilities on both the building's north side (Terminal A), and on the building's south side (Terminal B). Both terminals 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, with a total of 129 gates. 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,[13] while Airside 2 was designed by Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock Architects, and Rhodes + Brito Architects.[14] C.T. Hsu + Associates and Rhodes + Brito Architects designed renovations that were made to Airsides 1 and 3, which were completed by April 2010.[15]

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 A[edit]

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 1[edit]

Airside 2[edit]

Terminal B[edit]

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 3[edit]

Airside 4[edit]

Notable services[edit]

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.[18]

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.[19] The airport had tried to attract Emirates for five years before the service was announced.[20][21] 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.[22] Greater Orlando Aviation Association Chair Frank Kruppenbacher called the new service "without question the biggest, most significant move forward for our airport"[21] and estimates that the local economic impact of the new service will be up to $100 million annually.[23] The inaugural flight was made with an Airbus A380. Regularly scheduled flights operate with Boeing 777-300ERs.[24][25]

LATAM Airlines Group has been growing steadily at Orlando, first starting with flights to São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport on LATAM Brasil. Since then, flights to Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima started in June 2015 on LATAM Perú on an Airbus A319.[26] Seasonal flights on LATAM Chile to Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago commenced in January 2017, operating on a Boeing 787.[27] In July 2017, LATAM Brasil launched flights to Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport on a Boeing 767.[28] The airline group collectively now serves Orlando from 4 destinations, three of which operate throughout the entire year.

Terminal expansions and renovations[edit]

Airside terminals 1 and 3, both of which opened in 1981, recently underwent major renovations designed by architects C.T. Hsu + Associates.[15] 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 Facility[edit]

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 has relocated the car rental pickup process to the new facilities and has allowed additional space for off-site agencies to relocate to the on-site airport facilities.

South Airport Intermodal Terminal[edit]

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,[29] 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,[29] 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.[30][31] 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,[32][33] or a light rail link running along a similar route as the maglev alternative between the airport and International Drive.[34]

South Terminal Complex[edit]

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.[35] The STC will be built adjacent to the South Airport Intermodal Terminal, which is currently under construction, and both will be connected to the existing terminal via a new Automated People Mover (APM).[36] 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 is expected to begin sometime in 2017 and will be operational by 2019.[37]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Countries served by flights to and from Orlando (MCO) including seasonal and future destinations.


Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Dublin
Aeroméxico Mexico City
Air Canada Ottawa
Seasonal: Halifax
Air Canada Rouge Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Vancouver
Air Transat Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Moncton, Québec City
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles (begins April 25, 2018; ends July 5, 2018),[38] Portland (OR), San Diego, San Francisco (begins April 25, 2018),[38] Seattle/Tacoma
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Washington–National
Avianca Bogotá
Azul Brazilian Airlines Belo Horizonte-Confins, Campinas, Recife
Bahamasair Nassau
Seasonal: Freeport
British Airways London–Gatwick
Caribbean Airlines Port of Spain
Seasonal: Kingston–Norman Manley
Copa Airlines Panama City
Delta Air Lines Amsterdam (begins March 30, 2018),[39] Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Raleigh/Durham, Salt Lake City, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Cancún, Las Vegas
Delta Connection Seasonal: Birmingham (AL), Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Kansas City, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis, Washington–National
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Emirates Dubai–International
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf
Frontier Airlines Atlanta, Birmingham (AL) (begins April 13, 2018),[40] Buffalo, Cancún, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus–Glenn, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Long Island/Islip, Los Angeles, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Providence, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis, San Juan, Trenton, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Albuquerque (begins April 8, 2018),[41] Austin, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, Knoxville, Madison, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Omaha, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, San Antonio (begins April 8, 2018), San Diego, San Francisco, Tulsa (begins April 8, 2018)
Gol Airlines Brasília (begins November 4, 2018), Fortaleza (begins November 4, 2018)
Icelandair Reykjavík–Keflavík
JetBlue Airways Aguadilla, Albany, Atlanta (begins March 8, 2018),[42] Austin, Baltimore, 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
LATAM Brasil Fortaleza (begins July 5, 2018)[43], Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, São Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM Chile Seasonal: Santiago de Chile (resumes July 2, 2018)[44]
LATAM Perú Lima
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Norwegian Air Shuttle London–Gatwick, Oslo–Gardermoen
Seasonal: Copenhagen, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Silver Airways Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Huntsville (begins May 23, 2018) [45], Key West, Pensacola, Tallahassee
Seasonal: Marsh Harbour, North Eleuthera
Southwest Airlines Albany, Aruba (ends March 7, 2018)[46], Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham (AL), Buffalo, Chicago–Midway, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas–Love, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Houston–Hobby, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Long Island/Islip, Louisville, Manchester (NH), Memphis, Milwaukee, Montego Bay, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, Norfolk, Oakland (begins July 15, 2018),[47] Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh/Durham, Rochester (NY), Sacramento (begins May 6, 2018), San Antonio, San Diego, San Juan, San José (CA) (begins May 6, 2018), St. Louis, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National
Seasonal: Albuquerque, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Flint (ends April 7, 2018),[48] Minneapolis/St. Paul, Oklahoma City, Omaha (resumes June 7, 2018),[47] Portland (ME), Tulsa (begins June 9, 2018)[47]
Spirit Airlines Akron/Canton, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Hartford, Houston–Intercontinental, Kansas City, Las Vegas (begins April 12, 2018),[49] Latrobe/Pittsburgh, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, Newark, Niagara Falls, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Plattsburgh (NY), Richmond (begins March 15, 2018),[50] San Juan
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Sunrise Airways Port-au-Prince
Sunwing Airlines Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Moncton, Winnipeg
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham (UK), Glasgow, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted, Manchester (UK)
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles
Virgin America Los Angeles, San Francisco (both end April 24, 2018)[38]
Virgin Atlantic London–Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Seasonal: Belfast–International, Glasgow
Volaris Guadalajara, Mexico City
WestJet Calgary, Halifax, St. John's, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Edmonton, Hamilton (ON), London (ON), Moncton, Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Regina, Vancouver, Winnipeg


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


Domestic statistics[edit]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes
December 2016 – November 2017
Rank Airport Passengers Airlines
1 Atlanta, Georgia 1,395,560 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
2 Newark, New Jersey 1,013,920 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, United
3 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 801,540 American, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
4 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 749,690 American, Frontier, Spirit, United
5 New York City–JFK, New York 743,710 American, Delta, JetBlue
6 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 597,360 American, Spirit
7 Detroit, Michigan 596,750 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
8 Baltimore, Maryland 575,640 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
9 Denver, Colorado 540,300 Frontier, Southwest, United
10 Los Angeles, California 530,920 American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, United, Virgin America

Airline market share[edit]

Largest Airlines at MCO
Nov 2016 to Oct 2017

Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 Southwest Airlines 10,609,000 28.57%
2 Delta Air Lines 5,625,000 15.15%
3 American Airlines 5,301,000 14.28%
4 JetBlue Airways 4,847,000 13.06%
5 United Airlines 3,653,000 9.84%
6 Others 7,094,000 19.11%

International statistics[edit]

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.[53]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest international routes from Orlando(2016)[54]
Rank City 2016 Passengers 2014 Passengers Top carriers
1 United Kingdom London–Gatwick, United Kingdom 767,105 678,159 British Airways, Norwegian, Thomas Cook, Virgin Atlantic
2 Canada Toronto–Pearson, Canada 685,697 623,443 Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing, WestJet
3 United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom 493,713 429,979 Thomas Cook, Virgin Atlantic
4 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico 358,928 187,364 Aeromexico, Volaris
5 Panama Panama City, Panama 373,990 349,755 Copa Airlines
6 Brazil São Paulo–Guarulhos, Brazil 337,382 278,297 LATAM, Delta
7 Canada Montréal, Canada 212,268 215,499 Air Canada, Air Transat, WestJet
8 Colombia Bogotá, Colombia 180,854 190,613 Avianca, JetBlue
9 The Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas 131,726 127,185 Bahamasair, JetBlue
10 Mexico Cancún, Mexico 103,458 103,116 Delta, JetBlue

Airline market share[edit]

International Airlines at Orlando (2015 – 2016) by number of passengers flown[55]
Rank Airline Passengers
Change Destinations
1 Virgin Atlantic Airways 15: 820,688
16: 863,387
Increase05.2% London–Gatwick, Manchester (UK)

Seasonal: Belfast-International, Glasgow–International

2 Air Canada1 15: 571,336
16: 648,950
Increase013.5% Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Toronto–Pearson

Seasonal: Halifax

3 Copa Airlines 15: 386,291
16: 393,334
Increase01.8% Panama City
4 WestJet 15: 337,068
16: 370,399
Increase09.8% 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
Decrease04.1% London–Gatwick
6 LATAM Brasil 15: 338,123
16: 268,125
Decrease020.7% São Paulo–Guarulhos
7 Thomas Cook Airlines 15: 141,825
16: 247,046
Increase074% Seasonal: Belfast–International, Cardiff, Glasgow–International, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted, Manchester (UK)
8 Lufthansa 15: 232,162
16: 233,220
Increase00.45% Frankfurt
9 Azul Brazilian Airlines 15: 194,609
16: 203,129
Increase04.3% Campinas, Recife
10 Aeroméxico 15: 198,871
16: 201,896
Increase01.5% Mexico City

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual traffic[56]
Year Passengers Change from previous year
2000 30,823,509 Increase05.6%
2001 28,253,248 Decrease08.3%
2002 26,653,672 Decrease05.7%
2003 27,319,223 Increase02.5%
2004 31,143,388 Increase014.0%
2005 34,128,048 Increase08.4%
2006 34,640,451 Increase01.5%
2007 36,480,416 Increase05.3%
2008 35,660,742 Decrease02.3%
2009 33,693,649 Decrease05.5%
2010 34,877,899 Increase03.5%
2011 35,356,991 Increase01.4%
2012 35,214,430 Decrease00.4%
2013 34,973,645 Decrease00.8%
2014 35,714,091 Increase02.7%
2015 38,727,749 Increase08.4%
2016 41,923,399 Increase08.0%
2017 44,611,265 Increase06.5%


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.


Lynx, the local metro area public transportation system operates a sub-station at the airport with public bus service to Downtown Orlando and other area routes.

Disney's Magical Express[edit]

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.

Cruiseline transportation[edit]

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 other[edit]

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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