ORLANDO, FL. – May is a time for many international air carriers to celebrate the freedom of travel at Orlando International Airport. This month, Virgin Atlantic celebrates 23 years of scheduled service from Orlando International Airport (MCO). Over the past 23 years Virgin has flown nearly 7 million visitors to the Central Florida area, contributing an estimated $12 billion in economic impact to the local economy.
Virgin provides non-stop air service to London/Gatwick, Manchester, Glasgow, and for the first time this year, to Belfast.
Thomas Cook recently celebrated its first year of service from MCO, and today launches service to Glasgow, operating 2 flights per week through October 30. Glasgow is Scotland’s second largest city, and a former winner of the European Union’s “European Capital of Culture” designation, making it a great destination for world travelers. This additional service to another world-class destination provides Central Floridians with access to Scotland’s rugged landscape and world-renowned golf courses. Thomas Cook also provides service to twenty Mediterranean destinations from Glasgow, stretching from the Canary Islands in the west, to Cyprus in the east.
Aer Lingus has been providing scheduled service to Ireland’s capital, Dublin, since 2007 and next week increases flights to four days per week through late October. Dublin is a great destination in itself, but it’s also a hub for Aer Lingus, offering flights to over 70 European destinations, making it a convenient way for Central Floridians to visit everywhere from Aberdeen to Zurich, and everywhere in between.
According to the latest statistics available, international traffic increased nearly 22 percent in February at Orlando International. International traffic accounted for nearly 12.3 percent of the 35.7 million passengers at Orlando International in 2014.