Orlando International Busiest Airport in the Eastern United States This Holiday Season

Press Release

ORLANDO, FL. – Orlando International Airport (MCO) is poised and ready to be the busiest airport in the Eastern United States this holiday travel season. According to Expedia Travel, Orlando International will be the 4th busiest airport in the nation just behind Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Chicago, making Orlando busier than Atlanta, Miami and New York. MCO is expecting a 10 percent increase in traffic compared to last year with approximately 2.2 million travelers.

“We will be ready for the increase in travelers,” says Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “We are collaborating with our community, airport and business partners to enhance the travel experience throughout the terminal.”

Holiday Travel Stats:

  • Orlando International is expecting more than 2.2 Million travelers this 18-day holiday travel period. That is a 10 percent increase over last year with an average of 122,000 passengers per day.
  • The 18-day travel period begins today, Friday, December 18 and ends Monday, January 4, 2016.
  • The busiest anticipated travel day will be Saturday, December 26 with more than 137,428 total travelers.
  • The second busiest day will be Sunday, December 27 with an expected 135,164 total passengers.
  • The third busiest day is expected to be Saturday, January 2, 2016 with approximately 132,778 passengers in the terminal.
  • Christmas Eve will be the lightest travel day of the period with 98,210 passengers at MCO.

Holiday Security Update:

  • There have been no specific threats to MCO.
  • Travelers are advised to be vigilant and observant, If you see something, say something!
  • Do not make light-hearted comments or jokes about security at any point during the travel process.

Holiday Travel Tips:

  • Arrive at least two hours in advance for domestic and three hours in advance for international flights.
  • Pack as lightly as possible.
  • Remember DO NOT wrap gifts. (Packages may be inspected)

New This Year Travel Reminders:

The new North Cell Phone Lot is open with 200 spaces, complimentary Wi-Fi, restroom facilities, flight display screens for up-to-the-minute flight status updates and a dog relief area. This area is Free of Charge and available to those waiting to pick up family and friends at Orlando International Airport.

Curbside Valet Parking is available on both the A and B sides of the main terminal building. The cost is $7 per hour or $25 per day. The new curbside valet service is meant to complement and does not replace existing valet parking services at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Orlando International Airport. Both services are operated by separate companies.

Last Minute Shopping Reminder:

The diverse variety of shops at Orlando International Airport are open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for any last minute gift purchases. Remember you don’t have to travel or pick up someone to come to the airport and shop for that special loved one this holiday season.

Drone Information UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems):

  • Drones fly below 400 feet always in visual line of sight.
  • Orlando International and Orlando Executive Airports are drone free zones!
  • UAS never fly within five miles of an airport without first contacting the air traffic control and airport authorities
  • Drones must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at www.FAA.gov/uas
  • Additional drone information can be accessed at www.knowbeforeyoufly.org

Hover board Information:

Most U.S. air carriers have banned the transport of hover boards. Check with your individual airline for specifics.

FedEx will transport hover boards however you must check the watt hours per vehicle. FedEx customer information can be reached at 1-800-463-3339.

UPS will transport hover boards however you must check with UPS Hazmat for shipping details at 1-800-554-9964.

Basic MCO Information:

Orlando International Airport (MCO), serves approximately 38 million annual passengers, of which 13 percent are international. MCO is the second busiest airport in Florida and has approximately 18,000 badged employees and generates $31 billion in direct and indirect revenue for the regional economy. In its ongoing efforts to value and delight its customers, Orlando International Airport has embarked on a series of Capital Improvements valued at over $1.3 billion and has approved designing a new South Terminal project all aimed at enhancing The Orlando Experience.®