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Orlando International Airport (IATA: MCO, ICAO: KMCO, FAA LID: MCO)[4] is a major public airport located 6 miles (10 km) southeast of Downtown Orlando, Florida. In 2019, it handled 50,613,072 passengers, making it the busiest airport in the state and tenth busiest airport in the United States. 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.

Orlando International Airport
  • WMO: 72205
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorGreater Orlando Aviation Authority
ServesGreater Orlando
LocationOrlando, Florida, U.S.
Hub forSilver Airways
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL96 ft / 29 m
Coordinates28°25′46″N 81°18′32″W

FAA airport diagram
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 (2021)
Aircraft operations310,117
Total Passengers40,351,068
Airfreight (tons)245,147
Source: Aircraft operations: Federal Aviation Administration[1]
Passengers: Airports Council International[2][3]

The airport serves as a hub for Silver Airways, an operating base for JetBlue, Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines, as well as a focus city for Frontier Airlines. Southwest is the airport's largest carrier by passengers carried. The airport is also a major international gateway for the mid-Florida region, with over 850 daily flights on 44 airlines. The airport also serves 135 domestic and international destinations. At 12,600 acres (5,100 ha), MCO is one of the largest commercial airports in terms of land area in the United States.[1] In addition, the airport is home to a maintenance base for United Airlines.[5] The airport was also a hub for Delta Air Lines until 2007.


Military years

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, 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

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 United States 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: ORL, ICAO: KORL, FAA LID: ORL)). In 1971 scheduled airlines were Delta Air Lines, Eastern Air Lines, National Airlines and Southern Airways.[citation needed]

The 1971 opening of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World would lead to a significant increase in air travel as Orlando became a major tourist destination. For much of the 1970s, Shawnee Airlines would directly link MCO with Walt Disney World using de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter commuter aircraft. These connecting flights flew from MCO to the short-lived Walt Disney World STOL Airport, a small short-lived airfield near the Magic Kingdom's parking lot. Deregulation of the airline industry in 1978 also contributed to increases in air service to Orlando.[9]

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 years

A Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200s parked at MCO
A 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. In 1983 a small chapel was opened memorializing Michael Galvin who died during the construction of the airport's expansion.[10] 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 2018, that number had risen to 47 million.[11] Today it covers 51 square kilometers (19.7 sq mi) and is the fifth-largest airport in the United States by land area after Denver International Airport which covers 136 square kilometers (52.4 sq mi), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport which covers 70 square kilometers (26.9 sq mi), Southwest Florida International Airport which covers 55 square kilometers (21.2 sq mi), and Washington Dulles International Airport which covers 53 square kilometers (20.3 sq mi). MCO has North America's fourth tallest control tower at 345 feet, 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.[12]

Eastern Air Lines used Orlando as a focus city 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.[13]

Delta Air Lines began operating a hub at MCO in 1987. Airside 4, which opened in 1990, was primarily designed for Delta's hub operation and it included a ramp tower, an international arrivals facility, and a wing for regional aircraft under the people mover guideway.[9][13][14] Delta would later pull much of its large aircraft from its hub operations and focused its service there on regional flights via their Delta Connection affiliate Comair. Comair operated intra-Florida flights as well as flights to other southeastern cities and to the Caribbean. In 2002, Chautauqua Airlines replaced Comair as the primary Delta Connection carrier at MCO.[15] Delta closed the Orlando hub entirely in the mid-2000s.[16]

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.

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.[17]

On February 1, 2010, Allegiant Air 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 Orlando than expected and a more efficient operating environment at Sanford.[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)
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 would 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. Gate 90 was updated in the summer of 2018 with 3 jetways to be able to properly handle the A380, 3 years after the airplane first arrived at Orlando, docking at Gate 84.[24][25]

On May 18, 2016, the airport launched its own radio station, FlyMCO 105.1 HD2, an FM HD Radio subchannel of WOMX-FM.[26] With the goal of "keeping passengers informed, entertained and aware" FlyMCO 105.1 HD2 provides quick access to up-to-date airport information, local weather, and adult contemporary / top-40 pop music. The radio station can be heard across 11 Central Florida counties (Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Volusia, Brevard, Lake, Marion, Flagler, Polk, Sumter and Putnam), and through WOMX's owner Entercom, is streamable via the Radio.com website/app outside of central Florida.[27]

In 2017, the airport reached 44.6 million passengers, surpassing Miami International Airport to become the busiest airport in the state of Florida.[28]


The Orlando International 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 Orlando Airport station of the now defunct Florida High Speed Rail project. As part of the estimated $684 million price tag for the intermodal terminal complex,[29] the airport authority is 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 an 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] 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]

Proposed design for the South Terminal
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 was completed in early 2018; will have 120 new gates 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 (120 ha) and will include new aircraft taxiways and aprons, a 2.7-million-square-foot (250,000 m2) terminal building with 60 gates, and a 6-story, 5,000 space parking garage. Construction of the STC began in 2017, and it is expected to be operational by 2022.[37]

In June 2018 GOAA approved the expansion of Phase 1, known as Phase 1X, which will add another six gates to the South. The construction firms building the new South Terminal are Hensel Phelps (airside), and Turner-Kiewit Joint Venture (landside). Vanderlande Industries will be providing the new high-tech ICS baggage handling system.


Tramway of the Orlando International Airport People Movers
Tramway of the Orlando International Airport People Movers


Orlando International Airport has a large main terminal building divided into north and south sides, and four airside concourses accessible via elevated people movers, with a total of 93 gates. International arrivals are primarily handled in Airside 4, with secondary operations occurring in Airside 1.[38]


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.[39]

Airlines and destinations


Aer Lingus Dublin, Manchester (UK) [40]
Aeroméxico Mexico City [41]
Air Canada Halifax, Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson [42]
Air Canada Rouge Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Québec City
Air Transat Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Québec City
Alaska Airlines Portland (OR), San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma [45]
American Airlines Austin, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Washington–National [46]
American Eagle Seasonal: Birmingham (AL), Dayton, Indianapolis, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Pittsburgh [46]
Avelo Airlines New Haven (CT), Wilmington (NC) (begins July 1, 2022)[47]
Seasonal: Baltimore (begins June 30, 2022)[47]
Avianca Bogotá, Cali, Medellín–JMC [49]
Azul Brazilian Airlines Campinas [50]
Bahamasair Nassau
Seasonal: Freeport (resumes June 30, 2022)
Breeze Airways Charleston (SC) (begins June 23, 2022)[52] [53]
British Airways London–Heathrow
Seasonal: London–Gatwick
Caribbean Airlines Port of Spain
Seasonal: Kingston–Norman Manley
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen [56]
Delta Air Lines Amsterdam (resumes October 29, 2022),[57] Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Panama City–Tocumen, Raleigh/Durham, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma [58]
Edelweiss Air Zürich [59]
Emirates Dubai–International [60]
Frontier Airlines Aguadilla, Albany, Antigua, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Belize City, Boston, Buffalo, Cancún, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, Charlotte, Chicago–Midway (begins October 13, 2022),[61] Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus–Glenn, Cozumel, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, El Paso, Fargo, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Fort Lauderdale, Grand Rapids, Harlingen, Harrisburg, Hartford, Houston–Hobby (begins May 27, 2022),[61] Houston–Intercontinental, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Jackson (MS), Kansas City, Las Vegas, Liberia (CR), Long Island/Islip, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montego Bay, Nashville, Nassau, Newburgh, New Orleans, New York–LaGuardia, Norfolk, Ontario, Pensacola, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Portland (ME), Providence, Providenciales, Punta Cana, Raleigh/Durham, Rochester (NY), San Antonio, San Diego, San Juan, San Salvador, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Sioux Falls, St. Louis, St. Thomas, Syracuse, Trenton
Seasonal: Bloomington/Normal, Burlington (VT), Des Moines, Green Bay, Knoxville, Louisville, Madison, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, San José de Costa Rica, St. Maarten, Wilmington (DE) (ends June 6, 2022)[62]
Gol Transportes Aéreos Brasília [64]
Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu [65]
Icelandair Reykjavík–Keflavík [66]
JetBlue Aguadilla, Albany, Bogotá, Boston, Buffalo, Cancún, Hartford, Los Angeles, Montego Bay, Nassau, Newark, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Ponce, Providence, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San José de Costa Rica, San Juan, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Syracuse, Washington–National, White Plains
LATAM Brasil São Paulo–Guarulhos [68]
LATAM Perú Lima [68]
Lufthansa Frankfurt [69]
Norse Atlantic Airways Oslo (begins July 5, 2022)[70] [71]
Silver Airways Charleston (SC), Fort Lauderdale, Greenville/Spartanburg, Huntsville, Key West, Pensacola
Seasonal: North Eleuthera
Southwest Airlines Albany, Aruba (begins June 5, 2022),[73] Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham (AL), Boston, Buffalo, Chicago–Midway, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas–Love, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Houston–Hobby, Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Long Island/Islip, Louisville, Manchester (NH), Memphis, Milwaukee, Montego Bay, Nashville, New Orleans, New York–LaGuardia, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh/Durham, Rochester (NY), St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Juan, Syracuse, Washington–Dulles (ends June 4, 2022),[74] Washington–National
Seasonal: Jackson (MS), Minneapolis/St. Paul, Oakland, Omaha, Portland (ME), Richmond
Spirit Airlines Aguadilla, Akron/Canton, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Austin, Baltimore, Bogotá, Boston, Cancún, Cartagena, Charleston (WV), Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Guatemala City, Hartford, Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Latrobe/Pittsburgh, Louisville, Manchester (NH), Medellín–JMC, Memphis,[76] Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montego Bay, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Ponce, Punta Cana, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Rochester (NY) (begins October 6, 2022),[77] St. Louis, St. Thomas, Salt Lake City (begins May 26, 2022),[78] San José (CR), San Juan, San Pedro Sula, San Salvador [79]
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Hartford, Indianapolis, Madison
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles [81]
United Express Seasonal: Cleveland [81]
Virgin Atlantic London–Heathrow, Manchester (UK)
Seasonal: Belfast–International, Edinburgh
Viva Air Colombia Medellín–JMC [83]
Volaris Guadalajara, Mexico City [84]
WestJet Calgary, Halifax, St. John's, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg


Amerijet International Newark, San Juan
DHL Aviation Cincinnati, Miami
FedEx Express Greensboro, Indianapolis, Memphis
FedEx Feeder Tallahassee
Kalitta Air Los Angeles
UPS Airlines Birmingham (AL), Boston, Columbia (SC), Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Louisville, Miami, Newark, New York–JFK, Ontario (CA), Pensacola, Philadelphia, Tampa, West Palm Beach


Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from MCO (March 2021 – February 2022)[86]
Rank Airport Passengers Airlines
1 Atlanta, Georgia 1,144,000 Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
2 Newark, New Jersey 997,000 Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit, United
3 San Juan, Puerto Rico 880,000 Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
4 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 858,000 American, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
5 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 770,000 American, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, United
6 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 666,000 American, Frontier, Spirit
7 Denver, Colorado 639,000 Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, United
8 Charlotte, North Carolina 636,000 American, Frontier, Spirit
9 Detroit, Michigan 624,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
10 Baltimore, Maryland 618,000 Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
Busiest international routes to and from Orlando (2019)[87]
Rank City Passengers Top carriers
1 London–Gatwick, United Kingdom 943,554 British Airways, Virgin Atlantic
2 Toronto, Canada 792,236 Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing, WestJet
3 Panama City, Panama 500,179 Copa Airlines, Spirit
4 Manchester, United Kingdom 485,051 Virgin Atlantic
5 Mexico City, Mexico 448,771 Aeromexico, Interjet, JetBlue, Volaris
6 Bogotá, Colombia 280,459 Avianca, JetBlue, Spirit
7 Montréal, Canada 249,843 Air Canada, Air Transat
8 Frankfurt, Germany 229,217 Lufthansa
9 São Paulo–Guarulhos, Brazil 226,414 Delta, LATAM
10 Montego Bay, Jamaica 198,118 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit

Airline market share

Top Airlines at MCO
(April 2020 – March 2021)[88]
Rank Airline Passengers Percent of market share
1 Southwest Airlines 4,007,000 24.35%
2 Spirit Airlines 3,108,000 18.89%
3 Frontier Airlines 2,157,000 13.11%
4 American Airlines 2,079,000 12.63%
5 Delta Air Lines 1,760,000 10.70%

Annual traffic

Annual passenger traffic at MCO airport. See source Wikidata query.
Annual traffic[89]
YearPassengersChange from previous year
2000 30,823,50905.6%
2001 28,253,24808.3%
2002 26,653,67205.7%
2003 27,319,22302.5%
2004 31,143,388014.0%
2005 34,128,04808.4%
2006 34,640,45101.5%
2007 36,480,41605.3%
2008 35,660,74202.3%
2009 33,693,64905.5%
2010 34,877,89903.5%
2011 35,356,99101.4%
2012 35,214,43000.4%
2013 34,973,64500.8%
2014 35,714,09102.7%
2015 38,727,74908.4%
2016 41,923,39908.0%
2017 44,611,26506.5%
2018 47,696,62705.1%
2019 50,613,07206.1%
2020 21,617,803057.3%
2021 40,351,068086.7%

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[de] Orlando International Airport

Der Orlando International Airport (ICAO: KMCO, IATA-Code MCO – als Abkürzung des alten Namens McCoy-Airbase) ist der deutlich größere von zwei internationalen Flughäfen der Metropolregion Orlando im US-Bundesstaat Florida. Im Jahr 2019 wurden rund 50,61 Millionen Passagiere abgefertigt.[2] Damit war er 2019 in Bezug auf das Passagieraufkommen vor dem Miami International Airport mit 45,92 Millionen Passagieren der größte Flughafen Floridas.[3] Flughafenbetreiber ist die Behörde Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) in Orlando.
- [en] Orlando International Airport

[es] Aeropuerto Internacional de Orlando

El Aeropuerto Internacional de Orlando (IATA: MCO, OACI: KMCO, FAA LID: MCO) (en inglés: Orlando International Airport), es un importante aeropuerto público ubicado a diez kilómetros (6 mi) al sureste de Orlando, Florida, Estados Unidos. En 2017, MCO manejó 44,611,265 pasajeros, lo que lo convirtió en el aeropuerto más activo del estado de Florida y en el undécimo aeropuerto más activo de los Estados Unidos.

[fr] Aéroport international d'Orlando

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[it] Aeroporto Internazionale di Orlando

L'Aeroporto Internazionale di Orlando (IATA: MCO, ICAO: KMCO) è un aeroporto situato a circa 11 km a sud est dal centro di Orlando in Florida, e precisamente ad Orange City.

[ru] Орландо (аэропорт)

Международный аэропорт Орландо (англ. Orlando International Airport) (ИАТА: MCO, ИКАО: KMCO, FAA LID: MCO)[2] — один из основных коммерческих гражданских аэропортов Соединённых штатов Америки. Расположен в десяти километрах к юго-востоку от центра города Орландо (Флорида). В 2017 году пропустил 44 611 265 пассажиров, что делает его самым загруженным аэропортом в штате Флорида и одиннадцатым по загруженности аэропортом в Соединенных Штатах[1].

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