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11/21/2013 - Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Tips at Orlando International Airport

 

ORLANDO, FL. – The hustle and bustle of the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday travel season is upon us. This year compared to last, overall travel at Orlando International is stable with more than 1.2 million passengers moving through MCO for the 12-day travel season. This year the Thanksgiving travel period is between November 22 and December 3, 2013. Compared to this same time last year, overall holiday travel is down approximately 13,288 passengers or about 1.06 percent from 1,251,521. The significant changes were a decrease of Air Tran flights and capacity attributed to its merger with Southwest Airlines.

 

Busiest Days:

Saturday, November 30th is the busiest day of the travel season with 118,011 total passengers

Sunday, December 1st is the second busiest day of the travel season with 115,939 total passengers

Saturday, November 23rd is the third busiest day of the travel season with 112,606 total passengers

(Note: an average day at Orlando International is approximately 90,000 passengers)

 

Packing Rules:

Pack lightly. Remember many airlines will charge extra fees for luggage.

Remember the 3-1-1 rule. THREE ounce or less sized containers of liquids or gel that will fit inside ONE quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag and only ONE bag per person. Check the Transportation Security Administration website for specifics at www.TSA.gov .

Check the TSA website for rules on traveling with food for the holidays. This will avoid extended delays in the security checkpoint and possibly having to destroy Grandma’s favorite dessert.

Weapons DO NOT fly in your carry-on luggage. Leave all weapons at home or securely locked in your vehicle. Double check your carry-on baggage before entering the security checkpoint.

 

Flying with Animals:

Each airline handles the transport of pets differently and requirements may vary; however, there are some general questions and information that should be considered prior to flying with your pet:

  • Types of animals allowed
  • Number of pets allowed in the cabin
  • Are pets allowed in cargo area
  • Is cargo area climate controlled
  • Are advanced reservations required
  • Is a health certificate required
  • Breed restrictions
  • Size restrictions
  • Age restrictions
  • Recommended types of carriers/ containers
  • Multiple pets in same carrier
  • Pet transport fees
Airline


Southwest
Delta
American
JetBlue
United
Spirit
Alaska
US Airways
Allowed in Cabin

YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
Overall Aircraft Limit

6
(NA)
7
4
4
4
6
N/A
Allowed in Cargo

NO
YES
YES
NO
YES
NO
YES
NO

General Information:

Remember to arrive at Orlando International Airport at least two hours prior to your scheduled departure for domestic flights and three hours prior for international travel.

When coming to pick-up a passenger at the curb, wait until at least 30 minutes after the planes scheduled arrival time to allow for luggage pick-up and transport from to the main terminal building.

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For more information please 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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