It’s not your imagination: Florida’s airports really do burst at the seams during Spring Break season. This year, Orlando International Airport saw its single-busiest day in history on March 11.
Spring Break season unofficially began on March 4. One week later, Orlando’s airport had 95,287 departing passengers, besting its previous record by 5,000.
It’s not a fluke either. According to official figures, four of the highest outgoing traffic days have come in the spring of 2023.
“We expected and prepared for the historic levels of passenger traffic we are seeing this Spring Break season,” Kevin Thibault, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority chief executive officer, said in prepared remarks. “Our success in attracting a record number of guests is a testament to the popularity of our world-class destination and the efforts of airport staff to deliver the highest level of customer service.”
An estimated 7.2 million passengers will fly through Orlando’s airport during the 46-day Spring Break travel period.
Through 2022, Miami International Airport claimed to be the state’s busiest airport with 50.6 million passengers. That number unseats Orlando, which had the busiest-airport title for seven straight years. Orlando had a reported 50.1 million passengers in 2022.