Santa Delivers Historic Holiday Travel at Orlando International Airport

Press Release

ORLANDO, FL. – Orlando International Airport is expecting a record number of travelers this Christmas/New Year’s travel season. In total, nearly 3.2 million passengers will use MCO as their gateway of choice this 21-day holiday travel period.

Starting Friday, December 20th and running through Thursday, January 9, 2020, Orlando International Airport is expecting to see a 6% increase in traffic over last year’s previous record.
“With what is predicted to be record holiday travel, Orlando International stands ready to welcome more than 3 million seasonal passengers with enhanced staffing, new customer services and a renewed focus on world-class amenities,” says Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

2019 Projected Busiest Days / Passenger Totals

1 Sunday, December 29th 174,495
2 Sunday, January 5th 170,467
3 Thursday, January 2nd 170,444
4 Monday, December 30th 168,341
5 Saturday, December 28th 168,247
6 Monday, January 6th 165,106
7 Saturday, January 4th 164,332
8 Friday, December 27th 163,454
9 Sunday, December 22nd 163,183
10 Thursday, December 26th 159,577
11 Friday, January 3rd 158,822
12 Wednesday, January 1st 155,712
13 Saturday, December 21st 152,394
14 Monday, December 23rd 150,696
15 Tuesday, January 7th 146,982
16 Tuesday, December 31st 145,479
17 Friday, December 20th 132,684
18 Wednesday, January 8th 123,783
19 Wednesday, December 25th 122,231
20 Thursday, January 9th 117,503
21 Tuesday, December 24th 111,455

Important Travel Tips and Reminders:

  • Arrive at the airport at least 2 hours prior to your scheduled domestic flight
  • Arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to your scheduled international flight
  • Do NOT bring weapons. Firearms are only allowed in checked luggage and must be unloaded and placed in special travel containers
  • Use the FREE cell phone lots when picking up passengers. Simply wait in the cell lot until your party calls you after they retrieve their luggage
  • Remember the “C” parking garage is open
  • Do NOT wrap Christmas gifts. They may be subject to inspection by the TSA
  • If traveling with a pet or comfort animal, bring a leash. The pet will need to be on a leash while the animal carrier is properly screened by the TSA
  • If traveling with a comfort pet please check with your individual airline in advance to learn their specific rules for traveling with various types of animals
  • Pack as lightly as possible
  • Wear easily removable shoes
  • Do NOT make light-hearted jokes about security or secure situations
  • Please pack your patience! Keep in mind, you are traveling with 3.2 million other passengers at MCO this holiday season

Very Important Assignment Desk Note:
This year, to better accommodate the media during this busy holiday travel season, video news release (VNR) clips featuring Greater Orlando Aviation Authority leadership will be made available to all news outlets via WeTransfer. The clips will be distributed periodically during the season and will address busiest days, record traffic, last minute shopping and travel tips. You may click on the attached link when clips are dispersed and tailor the video and audio to your news department’s story requirements, without the need for attribution. As a result, senior leadership of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority will not be available for individual interviews for your news organization during this holiday time period.

Basic MCO Information: With nearly 50 million annual passengers, Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the busiest airport in Florida and 10th busiest in the U.S. MCO is currently engaged in a $4.2 billion Capital Improvement Program to increase capacity and enhance customer convenience.