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8/22/2013 - The British Are Coming! In Bigger Numbers Than Ever


ORLANDO, FL. – Orlando International Airport (MCO) is set to host another British invasion next summer. Preliminary flight schedules show next summer will see a significant increase in the number of flights to Orlando International Airport from the United Kingdom. In fact, 50 percent of the total seats between the United Kingdom traffic the state of Florida will be coming to MCO.

“Travel Daily News International shows that the United Kingdom is the fourth highest spending country in the world for tourism travel, spending some $52 billion, and we are thrilled to see this predicted increase in the number of U.K. visitors to Orlando in 2014,” says Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “This growth in service should have a very positive impact on our local

“We are looking at an increase of 25 percent in United Kingdom traffic next year and there are a number of factors for this growth, along with Central Florida remaining a very desirable destination, our airline partners have increased the number of available seats to Orlando International. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook Airlines will boost capacity by approximately 150 thousand seats each way,” says Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

MCO-U.K. seating capacity increase breaks down as follows:

  • British Airways will increase capacity by 28,000 seats (22.3%)
  • Virgin Atlantic will increase capacity by 53,000 seats (11.7%)
  • Thomas Cook Airlines will increase capacity by 69,000 seats (100%) (new service to MCO)

On peak travel days Orlando International is expecting to accommodate at least eight wide body aircraft from the United Kingdom including five 747/400’s, two 777’s and one A330/200 accommodating more than 3,100 passengers.


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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