ORLANDO, FL. – Between the expanded federal international travel restrictions in effect beginning today and the overall decrease in leisure and business travel, Orlando International Airport (MCO) leaders are prepared for a slowdown in passenger traffic at the state’s busiest airport.
Federally and locally-mandated decisions are affecting airport operations and the following is information on how those changes are affecting Orlando International:
Today is the first day passengers from the United Kingdom and Ireland are being restricted from entering the United States. As a result of that federal restriction, airlines have canceled many flights or have otherwise modified their schedules.
Virgin Atlantic and Norwegian are offering outbound-only flights to assist some international travelers looking to leave the area.
Today’s schedule is as follows:
6:55 p.m., to Manchester
7:05 p.m., to London
8:05 p.m., to London
10:25 p.m., to London
Earlier today, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced that all bars, hotels and other similar establishments within city limits must halt the sales of alcohol, effective immediately.
At 5 p.m., per an Executive Order by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, restaurants around the state can sell alcohol for on-site consumption, but must limit their occupancy to 50 percent of current building occupancy, ensure at least a 6-foot distance between any groups of patrons and limit parties to no more than 10.
These local and state mandates also apply to food and beverage locations at Orlando International Airport.
Additionally, the decision was made to close Hemisphere Restaurant, a world-class dining experience in the Hyatt hotel.