Orlando International Airport Emphasizes Clean, Safe Travel This Holiday Season

Press Release

ORLANDO, FL. – Orlando International Airport (MCO) is expecting this year’s Christmas/New Year holiday travel season to be half of what it would normally be. Last year MCO saw 1.5 million departures. This year, 775,000 are expected to travel through security during the 21-day travel period.

“Although our passenger traffic is down about 50 percent from year ago levels, we have not lost focus on the need to provide excellent customer service, which entails providing travelers and employees with a safe and healthy environment,” says Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “We want the best experience possible for all of those who travel in and out of Orlando International Airport- “The Orlando Experience.”®

The busiest holiday season travel day will be Sunday, January 3rd with approximately 45,000 passengers departing MCO.

(IMPORTANT NOTE: To avoid confusion when comparing this year’s travel numbers and last year’s numbers, please note that last year’s overall totals were estimated arrivals and departures. This year, due to COVID-19s impact on airline load factors, the estimated number reflects only departures.)

2020 Projected Busiest Days Departures
1 Sunday, January 3rd 44,971
2 Sunday, December 27th 44,571
3 Sunday, December 20th 43,131
4 Saturday, January 2nd 42,643
5 Saturday, December 26th 42,362
6 Monday, January 4th 42,123
7 Monday, December 21st 41,929
8 Saturday, December 19th 41,852
9 Monday, December 28th 41,540
10 Wednesday, December 23rd 38,982
11 Tuesday, December 22nd 37,613
12 Tuesday, December 29th 36,910
13 Wednesday, December 30th 36,426
14 Friday, December 18th 35,675
15 Tuesday, January 5th 33,397
16 Thursday, January 7th 33,199
17 Wednesday, January 6th 31,725
18 Friday, January 1st 28,385
19 Thursday, December 31st 26,007
20 Thursday, December 24th 25,800
21 Friday, December 25th 25,595

New This Year for MCO Travelers:

  • Enhanced cleaning protocols for safety
  • More than 100 hand sanitizing dispensers located throughout the terminal complex
  • Ultraviolet light air filtration system installed
  • MCO/OUC Floating Solar Array partnership generating renewable energy for Orlando International Airport passengers
  • Evenflow crowd radar density pilot program to assist passengers with social distancing while at the gate area. MCO is first airport in world to test this system.
  • Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) accreditation for airport and Hyatt Hotel cleaning standards
  • Sunflower lanyard program to identify and assist passengers with hidden disabilities

Important Travel Tips and Reminders:

  • Do NOT bring weapons. Firearms are only allowed in checked luggage and must be unloaded and placed in special travel containers
  • Do NOT wrap gifts when going through security. They may be subject to inspection by the TSA
  • Check out the TSA website for specific changes to security screening policies, including the allowance of up to 12-ounces of hand sanitizer through the security checkpoints. Other gels and liquids are still capped at 3.4 ounces
  • Pack as lightly as possible
  • Wear easily removable shoes
  • 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 animal transport
  • Do NOT make light-hearted jokes about security or secure situations
  • Please pack your patience!

Basic MCO Information: In 2019, Orlando International Airport (MCO) was the busiest airport in Florida and 10th busiest in the U.S. with more than 50 million annual passengers. MCO is currently engaged in a $3.72 billion Capital Improvement Program to increase capacity and enhance customer convenience.