ORLANDO, FL — Travel momentum continues to build at Orlando International Airport (MCO). Currently riding a wave of Spring Break traffic, MCO is announcing even more connections to Central Florida. Several airlines are adding or increasing flights to multiple domestic and global destinations.
Beginning March 26, 2018, Virgin Atlantic’s seasonal service to Belfast, Northern Ireland returns with a more robust schedule. This year MCO’s largest international carrier will operate flights on Monday from March 26 through September 3, with additional flights on Fridays from June 22 through July 13. This extended schedule of 28 flights is up from just eight operations last year. Service will be provided on Boeing 747-400 aircraft with 455 seats in a three-class configuration.
Delta Air Lines will be opening a new and exciting route between Orlando and Europe. Daily service to Amsterdam, Netherlands will begin on March 30, 2018. Delta will fly Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with 225 seats. This will be the first connection to Amsterdam from MCO since Martinair ended service in 2011.
Domestically, Frontier Airlines continues its rapid MCO expansion by beginning service to a host of new markets in the south and southwest. For the first time in 10 years, there will be non-stop service from MCO to Tulsa, OK. Three weekly flights will begin April 8 along with the following additional Frontier flights:
- Albuquerque, NM (3/week from April 8)
- San Antonio, TX (3/week from April 8)
- Austin, TX (4/week from April 9
- Birmingham, AL (2/week from April 13)
Service to Tulsa, Albuquerque and Birmingham will be operated using Airbus A320 aircraft with 180 seats. Service to San Antonio and Austin will use Airbus A319 aircraft with 150 seats.
Orlando International’s busiest carrier, Southwest Airlines, will begin service to Oakland, CA on April 14, 2018. The initial schedule will be Saturdays only until July 14, when it increases to daily service. Flights will be operated on either Boeing 737-700 aircraft with 143 seats or Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 175 seats. This is the first of a trifecta of new California routes for Southwest, with daily service to both San Jose and Sacramento beginning on May 6.
Basic MCO information:
Ranked by J.D. Power “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Mega Airports” in 2017. With 45 million annual passengers, MCO is the busiest airport in Florida and 11th busiest in the U.S. MCO has 21,000 badged employees and generates $31 billion in revenue for the regional economy. Orlando International Airport strives to value and delight its customers through an airport-wide design concept known as The Orlando Experience®.