ORLANDO, FL. – November, the traditional kick off of the busy holiday travel season, started with more passenger travel records being shattered at Orlando International Airport (MCO). In what would prove to be the busiest Thanksgiving travel period in airport history, more than 3.6 million passengers used MCO during the month. That represents a strong 7 percent increase over the previous year.
“To meet the growing demand we opened the “C” parking garage and Automated People Mover (APM) Complex, just prior to the holiday rush and they performed exactly as we had hoped,” says Stan Thornton, Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “By relieving some of the parking and roadway congestion in the north, we were able to accommodate the record influx of passengers without dramatically impacting our high level of customer service.”
Along with record holiday traffic, November also saw a substantial increase in the number of available airline seats coming into the market. An additional 240 thousand seats were made available by Frontier, Spirit, Southwest, jetBlue and Azul airlines.
November 2017 Statistical Data:
- Domestic passenger traffic climbed 6.36 percent with 3,224,980 total passengers for the month
- International traffic soared by double-digits, up 12.61 percent with 454,180 international arrivals and departures in November
- Combined, overall traffic was up 7 percent with 3,679,160 travelers at MCO in November
- On a rolling 12-month basis overall traffic at MCO is up 6 percent, climbing to a new record of 44,309,144
- Cargo also contributed to MCO’s robust operations numbers. Freight and express shipments pushed cargo volume up nearly 40 percent
Orlando International airport has more than 44 million annual passengers, making it the second busiest airport in Florida and 13th busiest in the U.S. With the state’s most domestic routes and non-stop service to 57 international destinations, MCO provides global access for business and leisure interests. Supporting a diverse Central Florida economy that features world-class tourist attractions, a medical research hub and growing simulation sector, Orlando International Airport generates $31 billion in direct and indirect revenue for the regional economy. As the premier gateway to the nation’s most visited destination, MCO strives to value and delight its customers through an airport-wide focus and design concept known as The Orlando Experience®.