ORLANDO, FL. – With more than 4 million passengers traveling through Orlando International Airport (MCO) in July, the total number of passengers so far this year has exceeded all of last year. The summer travel season of 2021 continues to rival the record summer of 2019 at Florida’s busiest airport. The total number of passengers for all of 2020 was 21,617,803. With the July numbers added in, MCO already has 22,052,110 passengers for the first seven months of the year.
In fact, this year, MCO broke previous July records for the number of domestic travelers with 3.9 million, a nearly 142 thousand passenger or a 4.4 percent increase over the previous July record set in 2019.
Once again, the lack of transatlantic international visitations had an impact on overall numbers. While significantly more than 2020, international traffic remains down approximately 70 percent from July 2019 pre-pandemic levels.
Driving the increase in domestic traffic, almost every airline operating at MCO added seats to Central Florida. An additional 257 thousand seats were added into the market in July with Spirit, United and Southwest leading the way.
July 2021 Statistical Data:
- Domestic passenger traffic reached a new July high with 3,940,191 departures and arrivals at
- Despite the lack of transatlantic air travel, international traffic recorded a major rebound over
2020 with a dramatic 1500 percent increase and 208,559 international arrivals and
- Combined, overall traffic was up 249.84 percent for the month, with a total of 4,148,750
passengers at Orlando International in July