ORLANDO, FL. – Summer travel is back! The 13-day, 4th of July holiday travel period concluded yesterday and early numbers indicate Orlando International Airport (MCO) recorded better than pre-pandemic traffic levels for 7 of the 13 days. Even with the improved numbers, the overall total was still short of 2019’s record by approximately 132,000 passengers or about 8 percent.
Adding to the challenges facing travelers during the holiday travel period, some airlines reported staffing shortages which impacted flights into and out of MCO and Hurricane/Tropical Storm Elsa, which forced the combined cancellation of nearly 100 flights over several days.
Another indicator of how travel has returned to the airport is in the number of vehicles parked at MCO. From Friday the 2nd through Monday the 5th of July, all airport parking options were more than 50 percent full with the “A”, “B” and Terminal Top parking garages all over 90 percent full on the 4th of July.
The holiday travel time frame was from June 25th until July 7th. In total, some 1.6 million travelers moved through MCO, more than three times as many as last year.
4th of July 2021 Data and Comparisons
|2021 Estimates||2020 Estimates||2019 Estimates|
|Friday, June 25th||133,200||39,000||129,700|
|Saturday, June 26th||137,300||38,100||135,700|
|Sunday, July 27th||136,600||36,800||134,600|
|Monday, July 28th||127,400||39,000||144,900|
|Tuesday, June 29th||118,200||33,200||153,900|
|Wednesday, June 30th||120,100||35,000||149,400|
|Thursday, July 1st||129,100||41,700||135,400|
|Friday, July 2nd||130,800||44,500||122,200|
|Saturday, July 3rd||136,800||34,500||126,700|
|Sunday, July 4th||115,300||35,100||112,300|
|Monday, July 5th||133,400||47,100||126,500|
|Tuesday, July 6th||116,100||41,500||152,100|
|Wednesday, July 7th||111,100||38,500||153,900|
With better than expected 4th of July travel numbers, optimism is growing for the rest of the summer with the recent announcements of increased or new air service from Spirit, Emirates and other airlines at MCO.
|Spirit Airlines New & Resumed Service at MCO:|
|Cancun (CUN) NEW||Daily||Immediately|
|Louisville (SDF) NEW||Daily||Immediately|
|Milwaukee (MKE) NEW||Daily||Immediately|
|Punta Cana (PUJ) NEW||3x per week||Immediately|
|Santo Domingo (SDQ) NEW||4x per week||Immediately|
|St. Louis (STL) NEW||Daily||Immediately|
|Manchester, NH (MHT) NEW||Daily||Oct. 7, 2021|
|Miami (MIA) NEW||Daily||Nov. 17, 2021|
|Cartagena (CTG) RESUMING||2-3x per week||Sep. 10, 2021|
|Guatemala City (GUA) RESUMING||4x per week||Sep. 9, 2021|
|Montego Bay (MBJ) RESUMING||3x per week||Sep. 9, 2021|
|Port-au-Prince (PAP) * RESUMING||3x per week||Nov. 18, 2021|
|San Salvador (SAL) RESUMING||3x per week||Nov. 19, 2021|
|San Jose, CR (SJO) MORE FLIGHTS||Increases to daily||Nov. 17, 2021|
|Emirates Airlines Resumed Service at MCO:|
|Dubai, UAE (DXB) RESUMING||4x per week||July 2, 2021|
(*) *PAP is temporarily closed. Guests should check for travel advisories on Spirit.com when planning a trip to Haiti.
The information herein is provided as of the dates specified. Due to the outbreak and continuation of COVID-19 subsequent to the date of such information, the information contained herein may differ materially from the current operational and financial data.