Gradual Increase in July Passenger Traffic at Orlando International Airport Hopefully Indicates Positive Trend

Press Release

ORLANDO, FL. – For the month of July, Orlando International Airport (MCO) saw an improvement of 310,000 passengers over June, giving the airport another gradual monthly increase.

“The last time we saw this many passengers moving through Orlando International was just as the pandemic struck in March,” says Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “Since then, we remain encouraged as we have been consistently ranked as one of the seven busiest airports for passenger departures in the nation because of our slow and steady growth.”

The biggest contributor to the July improvement, the number of passengers on board each plane landing at MCO was up by an average of 6.1 percent to 55 percent capacity.

July Statistical Data:

  • Domestic traffic was down 69.1 percent with 1,173,630 total passengers in July.
  • International traffic was off 98.2 percent with 12,424 total arrivals and departures in July.
  • Overall traffic declined 73.58 percent with 1,186,054 passengers at MCO for the month.
  • So far this year overall traffic at MCO is down 54.43 percent as some 13,803,951 passengers have traveled through the airport.

Current Update:

Weekends have seen notable increases with 20,000 or more passengers on a consistent basis. Thursday, September 10th, 21,414 passengers departed Orlando International, while today, Friday the 11th, MCO is expecting roughly 18,000 departures. In comparison, the recent Labor Day holiday travel period was the best weekend passenger total in almost six months for MCO.

2019 2020
Friday, September 4th 44,545 26,929
Saturday, September 5th 43,028 20,465
Sunday, September 6th 50,282 23,047
Monday, September 7th 49,836 28,355

Traffic Summary Report