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4/11/2012 - Special Events Lead to February Increase in Passengers at Orlando International Airport


ORLANDO, FL. - It was an eventful February at Orlando International Airport (MCO). Ten separate airlines boosted the number of flights coming into Orlando International for the month. In total, an additional 113 flights per week helped push traffic up by nearly five and half percent for the month. The new flights represent both national and international destinations including Halifax, Nova Scotia; Montego Bay, Jamaica; London, England; Dallas, Texas; and Los Angeles, California just to name a few.

"The combination of the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star game, Speed Week events, The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) Daytona 500, The Disney Princess Half-Marathon and strong spring break travel this February spurred both international and domestic traffic increases," says Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

Another event 825 miles away also helped to boost traffic. The city with the largest increase in service for the month, with 18 new weekly flights, was Indianapolis, which just so happened to host Super Bowl 46 in February.

February 2012 Statistical Data:

  • Overall traffic improved 5.46 percent for the month
  • International traffic climbed 11.4 7 percent to 284,616
  • Domestic traffic saw an increase of 4.83 percent to 2,570,637
  • In all 2.8 million travelers, 2,855,253 moved through Orlando International Airport


For more information contact Carolyn Fennell or Rod Johnson in the Office of Public Affairs at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055..


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