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12/20/2012 - Christmas Holiday Travel at Orlando International Airport


ORLANDO, FL. – Once again Orlando has been designated as the number one travel destination this Christmas holiday travel season according to Orbitz Travel. Orbitz says part of the appeal of the Orlando area is its family friendly environment and most travelers say the reason to travel for this season is family.

The busiest travel days of the season this year are expected to be:

  • Saturday, Dec. 29th with 121,443 passengers
  • Saturday, Dec. 22nd with 119,145 passengers
  • Sunday, Dec. 30th with 116,270 passengers
  • Tuesday, Jan. 1st with 115,610 passengers
  • Wednesday, Jan. 2nd with 115,142 passengers

In total some 1,820,549 travelers will move through this facility over the next couple of weeks. The official travel season started this past Monday and runs through January 2nd, 2013.

While Orlando may be the number one destination, MCO is not immune to the sluggish economy. As a result, overall travel numbers are down about 1 percent from where they were a year ago which represents a reduction of 20 thousand passengers compared to 2011.

There are a number of projects planned for 2013 including:

  • The addition of a north side cell phone lot. This helps increase the efficiency of our curbs for arrivals and departures.
  • Refurbishment of the Airsides 1 and 3 Automated People movers (APM) $58 million to replace existing vehicles, their operational control systems and APM running surfaces.
  • South Airport APM Complex. The new facility is being planned to meet forecasted growth. This begins the engineering and professional services of what will eventually become an APM station and ground transportation center. Complex will also accommodate train system to the South and other community rail projects.
  • Airside 4 Enhancements. International passenger processing using new technology and kiosks in customs and border protection to expedite process.
  • Also on Airside 4, infrastructure renovations.


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

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