ORLANDO, FL.- The Orlando International Airport (MCO) is actively tying down jet bridges and protecting valuable equipment as final preparations are underway for the arrival of Hurricane Irma. The Orlando International Airport (MCO) has also activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to function as the nerve center for the airport before, during and after the hurricane passes.
Plans are still moving forward to have the final aircraft departure and to CEASE COMMERCIAL FLIGHT OPERATIONS AT ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT 5:00 P.M. THIS AFTERNOON.
Total cancellations for today: Total 405 = 235 arrivals, 170 departures, approximately half of the airports daily operations.
In preparation for the cessation of operations, there are a number of frequently asked questions.
Q: When will the airport reopen?
“Orlando International will resume operations as quickly as possible. Once the weather allows our damage assessment teams to inspect the facilities and infrastructure we will begin the recovery process to make
sure Orlando International is once again safe and secure for the traveling public,” says Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “Following the assessment, meetings with
the airlines will help determine exactly when MCO will resume operations for our passengers.”
Q: When will parking close?
A: Parking garages are currently closed to entry, however drivers can still exit the facilities. The airport operated economy parking lot, North Park Place, is also closed. However, South Park Place will remain
open until 5:00 p.m. today with shuttle service to both lots operating until 5:30 p.m.
Q: What happens if I’m at the airport with no flight and no hotel during the hurricane?
A: MCO is not an approved or certified shelter so passengers will be transported to a Red Cross shelter to ride out the storm.
Q: What happens when the airport reopens? Do I just come to the airport and wait?
A: Contact your airline, check their website and coordinate with them when your flight will be rescheduled. Not all flights will be operational immediately after the hurricane.