Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Chairman Frank Kruppenbacher discusses the importance of a USO Center at Orlando International Airport (MCO). Kruppenbacher is then joined by U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Jim Nelson, the USO Central Florida Board Chairman Charles Rogers and GOAA board member Ed Fouche to symbolically break ground on the new USO site.
ORLANDO, FL. – An estimated 700 thousand active military and veterans travel through Orlando International Airport (MCO) every year and today ground was broken symbolically to start construction on a new USO Welcome Center to greet them.
“On behalf of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Board, we want to express how proud we are to support the goal to bring the USO Welcome Center from the drawing board to reality,” said Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “This USO facility represents a strong community effort and adds to the rich history and appreciation of military personnel in Central Florida.”
“Just the sheer number of people who travel through here would justify having a USO center at MCO,” said Peter Giusti, Executive Director of the USO Central Florida.
The new 3,100 square foot USO Welcome Center is expected to open later this summer on level 1, west end of the “A” side of the main terminal building. When completed, it will be one of the largest of its kind in the country featuring a children’s area, quiet room, secure baggage storage and 80 inch TV’s with DVD movie library.
Basic MCO information:
Orlando International Airport (MCO), serves approximately 39 million passengers annually, of which over 13 percent are international. MCO is the second busiest airport in Florida and has more than 18,000 badged employees and generates over $31 billion in direct and indirect revenue for the regional economy. In its ongoing efforts to value and delight its customers, MCO 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®.