Orlando International Begins New Year as a Top Ten American Airport/Spring Break Travel Tips

Press Release

ORLANDO, FL. – For the first time in Orlando International Airport (MCO) history, MCO is poised to become one of the ten busiest airports in the entire nation. The preliminary figures, from Airports Council International, indicate that Orlando International will register as the United States’ tenth busiest airport for 2018, up from the 11th position in 2017.

The jump into the top ten comes as MCO continues to experience monthly record breaking traffic and January was no exception. In January, passenger traffic increased by 5.4 percent overall, led by a nearly 16.5 percent increase in international travelers.

“We begin 2019 with a prestigious new standing for Orlando International in the aviation industry. For the first time ever, we are a top ten American airport,” says Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “This milestone is only fitting, in light of our historic passenger growth and our ability to attract more international and domestic carriers and routes into the nation’s most visited destination.”

Top Ten United States Airports 2018

1 Atlanta 107,397,029
2 Los Angeles 87,534,384
3 Chicago/ORD 85,000,000
4 Dallas/DFW 69,112,607
5 Denver 64,494,613
6 New York/JFK 61,909,148
7 San Francisco 57,793,313
8 Seattle 49,849,520
9 Las Vegas 49,716,584
10 Orlando 47,696,627

On a rolling 12-month basis, in January, MCO stands at 47.9 million annual passengers, which places Orlando International on track to potentially break the 50 million traveler mark later this year. For 2018, Orlando International remained the busiest airport in Florida.

Major Florida Airport Traffic

1 Orlando
2 Miami
3 Ft. Lauderdale
4 Tampa

January 2019 Statistical Data:

  • International traffic increased 16.48 percent with 603,802 total passengers in January
  • Domestic traffic climbed 3.73 percent with 3,513,600 passengers
  • Overall passenger traffic was up 5.42 percent with a total of 4,117,402 travelers in January

Traffic Summary Report

Spring Break Travel Information:

With Easter arriving later this year, the annual wave of spring break travelers is also delayed. Traditionally, spring break is one of the busiest travel seasons of the year at Orlando International. This year’s spring break travel period runs from March 1st – April 15th. MCO is expecting a 6 percent increase over last year with an estimated 6.7 million travelers during the period.

The 15 busiest estimated spring break travel days are expected to be:

1 Sunday, March 17 177,216
2 Sunday, April 7 172,822
3 Sunday, March 31 167,000
4 Sunday, March 10 164,346
5 Saturday, March 16 162,500
6 Monday, March 18 161,740
7 Sunday, March 24 160,508
8 Friday, March 15 158,198
9 Monday, March 11 155,420
10 Saturday, April 6 154,062
11 Monday, April 8 153,302
12 Saturday, March 9 152,918
13 Tuesday, March 19 152,572
14 Sunday, March 3 152,372
15 Monday, March 4 151,192

Tips when traveling during spring break

  • Allow extra time when arriving at the airport
  • Arrive at least 2-hours in advance of your flight
  • Use parking garage “C”
  • Do not pack guns or weapons
  • Pack your patience

Basic MCO information:
Ranked by J.D. Power “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Mega Airports” in 2017 & 2018. With more than 47.7 million annual passengers, MCO is the busiest airport in Florida and 10th busiest in the U.S. MCO has 21,000 badged employees and generates more than $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®.