ORLANDO, FL. – The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) continues to monitor the development of Tropical Storm Nicole and its impact on airport operations. Airport officials, in coordination with airline partners, announced on Tuesday that Orlando International Airport will cease all commercial operations today at 4 p.m.
Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) will cease operations beginning at 4:00 p.m. or when conditions at the airport are deemed to be unsafe, whichever comes first. Tenants are being reminded that there will be no access to the airfield after 4:00 p.m. Fixed Base Operators and other airport tenants will follow ORL’s closure schedule.
The GOAA Emergency Operations Center has been activated. Aviation Authority personnel will remain in contact with the airlines and other partners to monitor the storm’s progression over the next 24 hours to best judge when the situation will permit operations to resume at both MCO and ORL.
The Latest Information:
- Airport staff is currently prepping gate and curbside areas in advance of the storm. These efforts include:
- Tying down Passenger Boarding Bridges
- Removing debris
- Covering sensitive electronic equipment in the terminal
- Multiple daily communications are ongoing with the National Weather Service / National Hurricane Center to track the storm.
- Multiple daily communications are ongoing with city, county, state and federal emergency management officials.
- Multiple daily communications are ongoing within the airport community to update storm readiness and provide the latest track of Nicole and details about storm projections.
- Passengers are advised to contact their individual airlines and rental car companies for specific questions about flights, schedules and rental car return policies.
- GOAA has designated multiple staff members to remain inside the terminal for the duration of the storm as part of a ride-out-crew. Their job will be to assess and address any damage that may occur and to help prepare the airport for operations again as soon as possible once the storm passes.
- ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS NOT AN AUTHORIZED SHELTER. PASSENGERS SHOULD PLAN AND MAKE PERSONAL ACCOMMODATIONS IN ADVANCE OF THE STORM.