Orlando Airport Sees Huge Surge in International Traffic

Spring Break traffic could smash records too

The new Terminal C at Orlando International.
The opening of Terminal C has helped boost international traffic. Greater Orlando Aviation Authority photo

International traffic at Orlando International Airport increased by 86 percent to begin the year, according to reports from the airport. Domestic traffic increased by more than 27 percent.

“We started the year trending in the right direction,” Kevin Thibault, CEO of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, said in written remarks.

When compared on a rolling 12-month basis, domestic traffic reached an all-time record high in January as more airlines offer greater international service. The following airlines extended their international service into MCO in January: Air Canada, Spirit, WestJet, Azul, JetBlue, AeroMexico, Air Transat, GOL, Delta, Copa, and Southwest.

Expectations are high that passenger numbers for Spring Break in 20203 will be huge. (The dates tracked are March 4 through April 18.) A preliminary estimate states that 2.7 million travelers passed through MCO in the first two weeks of Spring Break.

Earlier this year, Orlando International reported that the 50-million passenger mark had been passed. In 2022, Orlando International recorded 50.2 million travelers, a 24 percent increase over 2021.

“We find ourselves at the cusp of great possibilities for the future,” said Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Chairman Carson Good.

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