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Have questions?

You may have questions while traveling at Orlando International Airport. Everything you’ll need to know is on our website. We’ve gathered the most frequently asked questions below. Click headings to explore.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)
      • Is Orlando International Airport open?

        Yes, it is. Orlando International Airport provides a critical connection for people who have essential travel. Beyond that, by remaining open we help facilitate the delivery of cargo, U.S. mail, medical supplies and other necessary commercial products.

      • Do you even have people traveling right now?

        Like most airports across the country, we have seen a significant decrease in passenger traffic. Instead of nearly 1,000 daily commercial flights, we have just a few hundred. Currently, passenger traffic is down approximately 97 percent and we only have several thousand departing passengers daily.

      • What measures are being taken to increase the safety and health of passengers who are visiting your airport?

        Since the start of the Coronavirus threat, we created and maintained a robust cleaning schedule. In addition to routine cleaning measures like foggers and increased disinfecting measures, which we normally do during cold and flu season, we have focused on high-touch points. Cleaning crews have spent time scrubbing elevator buttons, handrails, chairs and other items and areas the traveling public are most likely to touch when they visit our facility. Airport personnel with customer facing duties are wearing cloth face masks and passengers will be encouraged to follow suit.

      • How many TSA employees have contracted the virus?

        The Transportation Security Administration has created a nationwide website with the latest information about their employees that have tested positive for the Coronavirus. Visit for more information.

      • When will the airport resume normal operations?

        Many factors that go into making that decision. First is containment of the coronavirus, then a staged reopening of the Central Florida economy including messaging that Florida is once again safe and secure. To preserve the safety and security of Central Florida, new health protocols will be introduced into our daily lives at all public facilities including Orlando International and Orlando Executive airports. Airlines will begin to deploy aircraft as demand for leisure and business activities strengthens. We are working with our air carriers to coordinate re-deployment of air service to Orlando International when the contagion is brought to heel. All of these factors make it difficult to determine the precise time that we will re-open. It is important for us to follow the plans laid out by our Mayors because an early re-opening prior to bringing the coronavirus under control will be far more costly.

      • What has happened to airport employees since the passengers are not there?

        With more than 25,000 employees that work within our facility, there are a variety of airport employees and independent contractors that work on site. Decisions that affect employees vary depending on their employer. Some employees of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority are currently working remotely while others, those with essential on-site responsibilities, still report to the airport.

      • Orlando International is in the midst of a major expansion project. What is the status of that construction project?

        Funding for a large portion of the project was obtained before the Coronavirus affected the region. Construction activities are still underway. However, because demand for air travel has substantially diminished, we are reviewing our construction program to determine if all of the original project will be supported by future demand.

      • Orlando International Airport is known for its abundant shopping. What is the status of the concessions at the airport?

        As a result of the downturn in passenger traffic, many of our concessions have closed. A limited number of stores and restaurants remain open to serve the essential needs travelers visiting our airport and the employees working in the main terminal.

      • What is happening with the largest rental car market in the country?

        Rental activities have been impacted, so we have designated nearly 170 acres of land on property to park rental cars currently not being used. By staging vehicles, we are positioned to be ready as soon as normal operations resume.

  • Checking In
      • Can I check-in in the parking garage?

        Yes, airline check-in services are available from 6:00 am to 2:15 pm for passengers flying to U.S. destinations on Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United, on level “R1” of the A and B parking garages and Level 3 of parking garage C. The complimentary service allows passengers to check their luggage (airline baggage fees apply) and receive boarding passes before even entering the terminal, as long as they check-in at least 90 minutes and no more than 4 hours prior to original flight departure time. The “A” Garage location is located on the west end and the “B” Garage location is on the east end (i.e. the ends nearest the entrance ramps). The “C” Garage location is at the entrance to the South APM Station.

      • Does my child need an I.D. card?

        Children under 18 years of age usually are not required to have a photo ID for domestic flights; however, as each airline has its own requirements, please contact your airline directly to confirm its ID requirement for minors. If you do need to obtain a photo ID for you or your child, they can be obtained from a number of suppliers.

      • How long before my flight should I arrive at the airport?

        The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority recommends arriving three hours before your scheduled departure time, but please check directly with your airline for specific recommendations for your flight.

      • How early does the airport open?

        The airport is open 24 hours per day; however, each airline sets its own hours of operation which is dictated by its flight schedule, therefore please contact your airline directly to determine how early you may check-in for a flight.

  • Getting Around
      • How do I request a wheelchair?

        If you require a wheelchair, please contact your airline in advance and they should be able to provide a wheelchair for your use within the airport. If you require one for the duration of your stay, please email Visit Orlando or visit their web site. They should be able to provide you with a list of companies offering such a service.

      • How do I request assistance for elderly/minor/disabled passengers?

        Skycaps are available to assist passengers. Typical services include curbside check-in, carrying baggage, wheelchair assistance, etc. Please contact your particular airline to arrange for assistance from its skycaps. It is customary to tip skycaps a few dollars for service provided.

      • How far do I have to walk through the airport?

        In the Main Terminal passengers may use the elevators, escalators and moving walkways to minimize walking distances. The roll-on/roll-off APM (Automated People Mover [train]) then transports passengers between the Main Terminal and the Gates Areas. Golf carts are not available for transporting passengers. The minimum and maximum walking distance in each gate area are as follows:

        Gates Minimum Maximum
        Gates 1-29 515 feet/157 meters 812 feet/247 meters
        Gates 30-59 479 feet/146 meters 903 feet/275 meters
        Gates 70-99 467 feet/142 meters 944 feet/288 meters
        Gates 100-129 200 feet/61 meters 600 feet/183 meters
      • Can I go to a Gate Area that I’m not departing from/arriving at?

        Transiting Between Gate AreasYou will only be allowed through the security checkpoint for the Gate Area from which you are departing. However, due to the configuration of the airport, it is possible to access either Gates 1-29 AND Gates 30-59, OR Gates 70-99 AND Gates 100-129 once you have passed through the security checkpoint for your gate.

        Similarly on arrival, you may access either Gates 1-29 AND Gates 30-59, OR Gates 70-99 AND Gates 100-129 depending on the gate at which you arrive, by switching APMs (Automated People Movers [trains]) in the Main Terminal. If you wish to access the other Gate Area which is paired with yours, go directly to the other APM (train) as soon as you disembark the APM in the Main Terminal. Do not go past the security checkpoint and out into the Main Terminal otherwise you will NOT be allowed back through security to access the other Gate Area.

        Please note that this may not be possible during certain times of the day for security reasons while international passengers are arriving in the terminal.


      • How do I cross the terminal from Baggage Claim A to Baggage Claim B?

        Terminal A and Terminal B are opposite sides of the same building, which is only 525 feet across. Crossing from the A-Side to the B-Side (or vice versa) can be done on Level 3 of the terminal building.  If you have descended to the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level (Level 2), you may return to the Departures Level (Level 3) with your baggage to cross to the other side.

  • While You're Waiting
      • Coloring Book

        Download the MCO Coloring Book and show your creative talents while waiting for your flight.

      • What can I do while waiting for my flight?

        Orlando International Airport offers many ways to pass the time while waiting for your flight. In addition to the numerous shops, restaurants and bars in the Main Terminal and Gate Areas, the hotel atrium between the A-Side and the B-Side of the Main Terminal provides a very pleasant “city park” atmosphere where you can sit and watch the world go by. The terminal top parking garage is also one of the highest points around, and provides excellent views of the airfield, downtown Orlando, and the attractions, including the nightly fireworks displays.

      • Live Entertainment

        Orlando International Airport offers live entertainment performances in the Main Terminal. See what’s happening during your visit on the Entertainment Calendar.

      • Is wireless internet (Wi-Fi) access available in the terminal?

        Wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) is available in all public areas of the airport and is provided free of charge. These Access Points provided by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) use the WiFi SSID “MCO Internet”. Other access points and peer-to-peer connections which may be listed as available networks are NOT provided by GOAA.

        Please note that “personal hotspot” devices interfere with the airport’s free Wi-Fi and so if you experience poor performance on the airport “MCO Internet” SSID, please try moving to another location away from other passengers’ active devices, and please help us conserve bandwidth by turning off personal hotspots when not in use.

        Cellular/PCS wireless is also available from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.

        There are also several kiosks which offer travelers internet connections, in addition to the standard dial service offered by the phone company via the RJ-11 jacks in the pay phones.

      • Airline Lounges

        Orlando International Airport has five lounges for passenger use:


      • Nursing Rooms/Pods

        Orlando International Airport provides nursing rooms/Mamava nursing pods throughout the terminal buildings.

        • Main Terminal:
          • Mamava Nursing Pod – B-side, Level 2, across from baggage claim carousel 24
        • Gates 1-29:
          • Mamava Nursing Pod near entrance to gates 10-19
          • Nursing Room near gates 20-29
        • Gates 30-59:
          • Mamava Nursing Pod near entrance to gates 30-39
        • Gates 70-99:
          • Nursing Rooms on each concourse (Gates 70-79, 80-89, & 90-99)
        • Gates 100-129:
          • Mamava Nursing Pod near entrance to gates 100-110
          • Nursing Room near gate 101
        • South APM Station:
          • Nursing Rooms on floors 1, 3 and 5
      • Does Orlando International Airport have a USO?

        Yes, the USO Welcome Center is a military-only lounge located in the Main Terminal, A-Side, Level 1. Our center caters to troops and military family members transiting through Orlando, providing a “home away from home” atmosphere where we convey the public’s appreciation for our military. Amenities include business stations with free Internet and e-mail access, TVs, gaming stations, a sleeping room, a children’s room and complimentary food and drinks. USO volunteers are on-hand to assist with travel arrangements and information on local services and to greet service members upon their return from overseas. Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily.

      • Where can I smoke in the terminal?

        As of July 1, 2003, in accordance with State law, Orlando International Airport became a non-smoking facility.

      • Is there a chapel/church services inside the terminal?

        Orlando International Airport has an interfaith chapel inside the main terminal, located just beyond the west security checkpoint (Gates 1-59), which can be accessed by any passenger holding a boarding pass. There is also a reflection room located at Gates 70-99. Catholic mass is held every Sunday at 8:15 am and 12:00 pm in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.

      • Where are the best places for aircraft spotting?

        On completion of a “Use of Facilities Form”, aircraft spotting/photography is permitted on Level 9 of the Terminal Top Parking Garage (which provides a panoramic view of most of the airfield and aircraft gates) and the South Cell Phone Lot. The form must be completed in person, and accompanied by a valid photo I.D., between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays), at the Public Affairs office, located on the 3rd level of the Main Terminal, A-Side, in the Aviation Authority Executive Offices (to the left of the Security Checkpoint for Gates 70-129).

  • Ground Transportation
  • Picking Up/Dropping Off
      • On which side of the terminal (A or B) do I pick up/drop off passengers?

        To determine on which side (A or B) of the Terminal your airline operates, please visit the Airlines page of our web site.

      • Can I drop-off passengers without parking?

        Private vehicles may drop domestic passengers off at the curbside check-in on the Departures Level (Level 3) on either the A-Side or B-Side of the Terminal. If you wish to park after dropping off passengers and luggage, follow signs to either Economy Parking or use the “Quick Park” ramp (located on the left, at the end of the Departures Curb) to access the Terminal Garage Parking.

        Although dropping off passengers on the curb outside the Terminal is still permitted, vehicles may not be stationary unless actively unloading passengers and/or baggage, and under no circumstances may vehicles be left unattended.

      • Can I pick-up passengers outside baggage claim?

        Picking up passengers at the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Curb (Level 2) outside the A-Side or B-Side of the Terminal is permitted; however, vehicles may not be stationary unless actively loading passengers and/or baggage, and under no circumstances may vehicles be left unattended. Therefore please use the FREE! Cell Phone Lot and allow at least 20 minutes after aircraft arrival time (30 minutes if passenger has checked baggage) to allow for passengers to transfer to the Main Terminal, and exit the baggage claim area. To determine on which side of the Terminal (A or B) your airline operates, please visit the Airlines page of our web site.

      • Can I meet passengers at the gate?

        Although only ticketed passengers are allowed through security and out to the gates, it is possible to have gate passes issued to non-travelers under certain circumstances. These are issued at the airline’s discretion, so please go to your airline’s ticket counter, provide a valid photo ID, and the airline will determine whether they are able to issue you a pass based on your particular circumstances.

      • Where is the best place to meet passengers arriving in Orlando?

        There are a number of places which are recommended for meeting arriving passengers:

        1. Under the Flight Information Display Boards near the Security Checkpoints for Gates 1-59 or 70-129
        2. By the fountain in the Hotel Atrium, near the Security Checkpoint for Gates 70-129
        3. In the baggage claim area for the airline being flown.  Please check here to determine which baggage claim is used by each airline
        4. On the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Curb (Level 2) outside baggage claim (please note that cars may not be stationary in this area unless actively loading/unloading passengers and/or baggage, therefore please allow at least 20 minutes after aircraft arrival time to allow for passengers to transfer to the Main Terminal, and exit the baggage claim area)
        5. In one of the restaurants or bars in the Main Terminal
        6. In McCoy’s Bar & Grill, Hemispheres Restaurant, or the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport above the Security Checkpoint for Gates 70-129

        Please see the Airport Terminal page or the Arrivals Guide on our web site to find these locations.

      • How can I find out if a flight has arrived?

        Please use our live flight information display, call 407-825-TIME (8463) or contact the airline directly to determine whether a specific flight has arrived.

  • Luggage
      • Where can I leave my luggage?

        Hold My Luggage operates on Level 1 of the B-side of the Main Terminal. They offer:

        • Luggage pickup/return
        • Luggage storage (same day or multiple days)
        • Luggage transport services (hotel to hotel or city to city)

        The customer signs a waiver of liability while the staff tag their bags, and gives the customer a claim ticket. The customer is then free to roam about the city luggage-free.

        To retrieve luggage the customer can return to the desk on Level 1 of the B-Side, or have Hold My Luggage meet the customer at their airline check-in location.

        They can be contacted at 321-888-0242.

      • Can I get my luggage wrapped?

        Wrap N’ Fly operates on Level 1 on the A-Side of the Main Terminal, near the USO, from 6:00am-8:00pm. They can be contacted at 407-825-1529.

  • Security
  • International Visitors
  • Pets/Service Animals
  • Other
      • How did the airport get the designator “MCO”?

        The airport designator code “MCO” comes from the former McCoy Air Force Base, named after Colonel Michael N. W. McCoy, on which site, located at -81.08W 28.96 N, and at 113 feet (34 meters) above sea level, Orlando International Airport now stands.

      • How do I charter an aircraft/helicopter?

        The quickest way to get quotes for your charter is either call an aircraft charter company directly or call a broker that deals with charters. Any number of them will show up on an internet search for “Aircraft Charter.” The beauty of aircraft charter is that the company does not need to be based at your departure airport because the aircraft are constantly in use and widely distributed.

      • Can I get a temporary disabled parking permit while in Orlando?

        If you are in possession of a disabled parking permit, you may obtain a temporary permit for use in Florida during your stay. Permits are issued by the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles from their Motor Vehicle Services offices. The closest office to the airport is located at 8185 Lee Vista Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32829, telephone number (407) 836-4145, and is open Monday – Friday 8:30-5:00. To obtain a permit, you must:

        • Be present at the office to provide your signature
        • Have your out-of-state/country parking permit
        • Have a letter from your doctor stating your need for a permit for the duration of your vacation
        • Pay $15
      • Where can I rent a cellular/mobile phone?

        Please contact Visit Orlando who should be able to provide you with a list of local companies offering such a service.

      • How do I find out about job opportunities at the airport?

        Applications must be completed online, but must be submitted for specific job opportunities which are currently open, as stated in the Application Procedure, which can be found on the web site, along with our current job postings. The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority only recruits for the Aviation Authority, employment opportunities with the other organizations at Orlando International Airport, such as airlines, cleaners, concessions, parking, etc. are handled by each separate organization that must be contacted directly (see the Employment Guide for more details).

      • Which is the closest airport to Orlando? Disney World?

        Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the closest commercial airport to the world-famous Central Florida attractions (20 miles), the Orange County Convention Center (13 miles), International Drive (13 miles), downtown Orlando (12 miles), and so much more…

        Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) is located near downtown Orlando, but is a general aviation airport and is not served by commercial airlines.

        Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) is 33 miles from Orlando International Airport, and 60 miles from Disney World along SR 417 which takes you right past…… Orlando International Airport!

        Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) is 62 miles from Orlando International Airport, and 75 miles from Disney World along I-95 and SR 528 which takes you right past…… Orlando International Airport!

        Orlando International Airport (MCO) the airport that lands you closest to your final destination, wherever that happens to be in Orlando.


      • How do I contact Lost & Found?

        Please visit the Contact page of our web site.

      • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS/Drones)

        Per FAA regulations, nobody may operate a UAS / drones of any type within 5 miles of an airport without first contacting the airport or the air traffic control tower. GOAA is working with the FAA and the industry to better serve all affected by these regulations. Please review the maps and links below before operating a UAS / drone.

        FDOT UAS Web Site

        FDOT UAS Brochure

        Orlando International Airport (MCO)
        MCO 5-mile radius
        Orlando Executive Airport (ORL)
        ORL 5-mile radius