Orlando International Airport

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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.
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 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 (2016)
Aircraft operations 316,981[1]
Passengers 41,923,399 [1]

Orlando International Airport (IATA: MCOICAO: KMCOFAA LID: MCO)[5] is an international airport six miles southeast of Orlando, Florida, United States. The airport is the 2nd busiest in the state of Florida, as over 40.2 million passengers were handled at the airport as of 2015.[6] This makes it the 14th busiest airport in the U.S. by total passenger traffic.

The airport serves as a hub for Silver Airways, as well as a focus city for Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and Southwest 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.

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), Melbourne International Airport (MLB), and Tampa International Airport (TPA).


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 facility turned over to the city of Orlando by the General Services Administration (GSA) in late 1974 and early 1975.

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.[7][8]

Airline flights to the Orlando Jetport began shortly after an agreement was signed by the city and USAF in October 1961.[9][10] 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 1974/1975, part of the facility stayed under military control to support Naval Training Center Orlando.

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 and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) was established as a state-chartered 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, MCO handled 5 million passengers. By 2000 that number had risen to 30 million.[citation needed] Today MCO 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 which covers 70 square kilometers (26.9 sq mi), and Southwest Florida International Airport (Fort Myers) 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.

MCO 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.[11]

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 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, MCO 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, MCO opened a 100-space Cell Phone Parking Lot for drivers to use while waiting for passengers to arrive. 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 MCO opened 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. A fee is charged for this service and is only available to E-Pass and SunPass users.

In late 2007, Lufthansa introduced flights to Frankfurt.[citation needed]

On March 19, 2008, JetBlue announced Orlando as a new focus city. Orlando serves as a key connecting city to international destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America.[12]

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.[13]

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.[citation needed] After evaluating the routes out of Orlando, the carrier decided to consolidate and return its Orlando area operations to SFB citing an inability to achieve a fare premium at MCO as anticipated, passenger preference for Orlando Sanford International Airport, higher costs at MCO than expected and a more efficient operating environment at SFB.

By the end of 2015, MCO had broken the 38.8 million mark, surpassing its previous record of 36.4 million in 2007. In April 2016, the airport reached 40.2 million passengers, just 3 million less than the state's most popular airport, Miami International.

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 and 3, and another in the East Atrium, leading to Airsides 2 and 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 A[edit]

Major domestic carriers based in Terminal A include Alaska Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and Virgin America Major international carriers include Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, Avianca, Azul Brazilian Airlines, and WestJet.

Airside 1[edit]

  • Gates 1–29
  • Secondary International Arrivals Concourse
  • Part of original terminal, Opened in 1981

Airside 2[edit]

  • Gates 100–129

Terminal B[edit]

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

Major domestic carriers based in Terminal B include American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Spirit and United Airlines. Major international carriers include Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, British Airways, Emirates, Icelandair, LATAM Brasil, Lufthansa, Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic which primarily operate out of Airside 4, the airport's main international arrivals concourse.

Airside 3[edit]

Airside 4[edit]

Notable services[edit]

Delta Air Lines was the first airline with jet flights to MCO, with their 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.

Virgin Atlantic's Boeing 747-400 is currently the largest airliner at the airport. The airline has multiple daily flights from the UK. 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 ten Boeing 777s a week.[17]

Lufthansa opened a shared gate in Orlando on October 30, 2007, providing the first direct flight between Orlando and a hub in continental Europe (in this case, Frankfurt, Germany) as part of an effort to diversify the local economy beyond tourism. As of late October 2009, Lufthansa expanded its five flights a week to daily between MCO and Frankfurt on Airbus A330s and Airbus A340s, with connections throughout Europe, expanding to a Boeing 747 in the winter.[18]

The Airbus A380, the world's largest airliner, landed at MCO on November 14, 2007 from Montreal. Orlando was one of the first airports in the world to be "Airbus A380 ready".

On June 7, 2011 Air France began service from Orlando to Paris-Charles De Gaulle using the Boeing 777-300ER. Service to Paris-Charles De Gaulle ended on September 2, 2012.

On July 2, 2011 Edelweiss Air flying on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines began weekly service from Orlando to Zürich Airport. The service operated on Saturdays only until mid-September.

British charter airline Thomas Cook Airlines moved its Orlando flights from Sanford Airport where they and predecessors Airtours Intl/My Travel, and JMC Air have operated since it opened. Flights commenced April 2014.

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 777-200LR).

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 will operate Boeing 777-300ERs.[24][25]

On August 3, 2016, Air Berlin announced a 4 weekly service between Orlando and Düsseldorf, Germany. The flight will be operated with an Airbus A330-200.[26]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Note: All flights to Cuba are operated as scheduled Special Authority Charters. All international arrivals (except flights with US Customs Pre-Clearance) are handled at Airside 1 and 4.


Airlines Destinations Terminal / Airside
Aer Lingus Dublin A/1
Aeroméxico Mexico City A/1
Air Berlin Düsseldorf (begins May 6, 2017)[27] A/1
Air Canada Ottawa
Seasonal: Halifax
Air Canada Rouge Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson B/4
Air Transat Montréal–Trudeau
Seasonal: Halifax, Moncton, Ottawa, Québec City, Toronto–Pearson
Alaska Airlines Portland (OR) (resumes March 16, 2017),[28][29] San Diego, Seattle/Tacoma A/1
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Washington–National B/3
American Eagle Seasonal: Washington–National B/3
Avianca Bogotá A/1
Azul Brazilian Airlines Campinas, Recife A/1
Bahamasair Nassau
Seasonal: Freeport
British Airways London–Gatwick B/4
Caribbean Airlines Port of Spain
Seasonal: Kingston–Norman Manley
Choice Airways
operated by Swift Air
Charter: Atlantic City, Havana A/1
Copa Airlines Panama City A/1
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Salt Lake City, São Paulo–Guarulhos
Seasonal: Cancún, Columbus (OH), Hartford (resumes April 1, 2017), Kansas City (begins April 1, 2017), Nashville, Raleigh/Durham, Seattle/Tacoma
Delta Connection Indianapolis, Raleigh/Durham
Seasonal: Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Grand Rapids, Hartford, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Pittsburgh, St. Louis (begins February 18, 2017),[30] Washington–National (begins March 11, 2017)[31]
Eastern Air Lines Seasonal Charter: Guatemala City A/1
Emirates Dubai–International B/4a
operated by SunExpress Deutschland
Cologne/Bonn (begins July 11, 2017)[32] A/1
Frontier Airlines Austin, Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus (OH), Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, Omaha, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Trenton, Washington–Dulles A/1
Icelandair Reykjavík–Keflavík A/1b
JetBlue Airways Aguadilla, Albany, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Bogotá, Buffalo, Cancún, Hartford, Havana,[33] Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montego Bay, Nassau, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Newark, Newburgh, Ponce, Providence, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San José (CR), San Juan, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Syracuse, Washington–National, White Plains, Worcester A/1
LATAM Brasil São Paulo–Guarulhos B/4
LATAM Chile Seasonal: Santiago de Chile B/4
LATAM Perú Lima B/4
Lufthansa Frankfurt B/4
Magnicharters Seasonal Charter: Monterrey A/1
Norwegian Air Shuttle
operated by Norwegian Long Haul
London–Gatwick, Oslo–Gardermoen, Paris–Charles de Gaulle (begins July 31, 2017)[34]
Seasonal: Copenhagen
Silver Airways Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Key West, Pensacola, Tallahassee
Seasonal: Freeport, Marsh Harbour, North Eleuthera
Southwest Airlines Albany, Aruba, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham (AL), Buffalo, Chicago–Midway, Columbus (OH), Dallas–Love, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale (resumes, June 4, 2017), 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, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh/Durham, Rochester (NY), San Antonio, San Diego, San Juan, St. Louis, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National
Seasonal: Akron/Canton (ends June 2, 2017), Albuquerque, Boston, Cleveland, Dayton (ends June 3, 2017), Flint, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Oklahoma City (begins April 30, 2017), Omaha, Portland (ME)
Spirit Airlines Akron/Canton,[35] Atlanta, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Hartford (begins April 27, 2017),[36] Houston–Intercontinental, Kansas City,[37] Latrobe/Pittsburgh, New Orleans (begins May 25, 2017), Newark, Niagara Falls,[37] Philadelphia, Plattsburgh (NY),[37] San Juan
Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul B/4
Sunwing Airlines Ottawa, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Deer Lake, Gander, Halifax, Moncton, Montréal–Trudeau, Saint John, Winnipeg
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Belfast–International, Birmingham (UK) (begins May 21, 2017),[38] Cardiff, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted, Manchester (UK) B/4
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles B/3
United Express Seasonal: Houston–Intercontinental B/3
Virgin America Los Angeles, San Francisco (resumes June 14, 2017)[39] A/2
Virgin Atlantic London–Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Seasonal: Belfast–International, Glasgow
Volaris Guadalajara, Mexico City A/1
WestJet Calgary, Halifax, St. John's, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Charlottetown, Edmonton, Hamilton (ON), Kitchener–Waterloo, London (ON), Moncton, Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Regina, Vancouver, Winnipeg

a: Emirates's check in is at Terminal A while baggage claim is at Terminal B but uses Airside 4, which is part of Terminal B.

b: Icelandair's check in and baggage claim is at Terminal B but uses Airside 1, which is part of Terminal A.

c: Virgin Atlantic's check in and baggage claim is at Terminal A but uses Airside 4, which is part of Terminal B.


Airlines Destinations
ABX Air Cincinnati, Miami
FedEx Express Fort Lauderdale, Indianapolis, Memphis, Newark
FedEx Feeder
operated by Mountain Air Cargo
UPS Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Louisville, Newark


Domestic statistics[edit]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from MCO (Dec 2015 – Nov 2016)[40]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, Georgia 1,370,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
2 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 822,000 American, Frontier, Southwest
3 Newark, New Jersey 799,000 JetBlue, Southwest, United
4 New York–JFK, New York 744,000 American, Delta, JetBlue
5 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 739,000 American, Frontier, Spirit, United
6 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 606,000 American, Spirit
7 Detroit, Michigan 589,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
8 New York–LaGuardia, New York 544,000 American, Delta, JetBlue
9 Baltimore, Maryland 544,000 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
10 Denver, Colorado 540,000 Frontier, Southwest, United

Airline market share[edit]

Largest Domestic Airlines at MCO (Nov 2015 – Oct 2016)[40]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 Southwest Airlines 10,269,000 29.48%
2 American Airlines 5,559,000 15.96%
3 Delta Air Lines 5,524,000 15.86%
4 JetBlue 4,800,000 13.78%
5 United Airlines 3,636,000 10.44%
6 Others 5,046,000 14.48%

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.[41]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest international routes from MCO (2014)[42]
Rank City Passengers Top carriers
1 São Paulo (Guarulhos), Brazil 977,850 TAM, Delta
2 Toronto (Pearson), Canada 950,611 Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Sunwing, WestJet
3 Panama City, Panama 870,390 Copa Airlines
4 Bogotá, Colombia 713,389 Avianca, LAN Colombia
5 London (Gatwick), United Kingdom 677,193 British Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways
6 Mexico City, Mexico 616,437 Aeromexico, Volaris
7 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 524,962 JetBlue, GOL
8 Cancún, Mexico 450,904 Delta, JetBlue
9 Nassau, Bahamas 423,303 Bahamasair, JetBlue
10 Manchester, United Kingdom 421,997 Virgin Atlantic, Thomas Cook

Airline market share[edit]

Largest International Airlines at MCO(2014 – 2015)[43]
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[44]
Year Passengers ('000) 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%

Airline lounges[edit]

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.[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 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, which will connect Orlando International Airport to downtown Miami via the Florida East Coast Railway.[49] 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. However, on February 16, 2011, Florida Governor Rick Scott formally announced that he would be rejecting federal funds and effectively killing the Florida High Speed Rail project. The airport authority had already invested considerably to accommodate the station and high-speed rail line, such as the extra length of the south taxiway bridges over the southern airport access road (which will now be used by Brightline).[50] As part of the estimated $684 million price tag for the intermodal terminal complex,[49] 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 5.5 mile route currently under consideration would travel 3.5 miles from the existing SunRail line along a Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) rail spur, which runs along the southern boundary of the airport's property and is used exclusively by coal trains to serve the Curtis H. Stanton Energy Center in eastern Orange County. From there, two options are currently under consideration; one plan would have SunRail trains branch north off of the existing OUC line and onto a new 2-mile spur that would terminate at the planned South Airport Intermodal Terminal. The second option being explored would be to build a transfer station along the OUC line where passengers would transfer from SunRail trains onto light rail trains that would run along a dedicated 2-mile line between the transfer and airport stations.[51][52]

In addition to Brightline and SunRail, the station will also serve one of two proposed rail connections to International Drive. The first option being considered is an elevated maglev train system that would be built by American Maglev Technology, which would connect the airport to the Orange County Convention Center, the Florida Mall, and the Sand Lake Road SunRail station.[53][54] A second option being explored would be a light rail line that would most likely run along a similar route as the maglev alternative between the airport and International Drive.[55]

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.[56] 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).[57] 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.[58]


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.


Taxi cab service is available via a taxi stand line on the Ground Transportation level of both terminals, airport licensed cab companies include Yellow Cab, Star Taxi, Diamond, Ace, Town & County. Share transportation is not permitted by Orlando City. Airport shuttle transportation services include Super Shuttle, Mears Transportation, and other private transportation companies. The community of The Villages in Sumter, Lake, and Marion has shuttles operating between the community and Orlando International Airport. These services include Village Airport Van, The Villages Transportation, and A-1 Taxi among others.

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 and business executives to and from the airport.

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