Orlando International Airport
Orlando International Airport (MCO) is a public airport serving more than 35.4 million passengers each year. The 10th busiest airport in the country, MCO handles 303,000 airline operations annually and rests on the second largest airport campus in the country. The Greater Orlando Airport Authority manages the day-to-day operations of the airport as well as nearby Orlando Executive Airport. In all, nearly 17,000 people are employed at MCO, 650 of them are direct employees of the Greater Orlando Airport Authority.
MCO encompasses 1,000 acres of its 13,297-acre compound. Also within the larger campus is a group of international concourses, a customs facility, the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the 1,400-acre Orlando Tradeport, an integrated cargo facility and foreign trade zone.
A busy international airport, MCO has two main terminals: A and B. Departing passengers pass through security checkpoints in the A and B terminals and, once cleared, proceed to the gates or “Airside Terminals” via an elevated people mover shuttle. MCO operates a total of four airside terminals, two leading from Terminal A and two leading from Terminal B. Travelers should double-check gate numbers and airside terminal information before embarking the people mover shuttle.
Travelers can access the Express Pick-Up area, rental car counters, hotel courtesy phones, and international baggage claim on the ground floor of both main terminals. On the second level, travelers find baggage claim, passenger arrival curbs, hotel courtesy phones, and ground transportation kiosks. Ticketing counters, departure curbs, an information desk, shops, and restaurants, security checkpoints and the airside terminal shuttles all are located on the main terminals’ third level. Travelers should check with their airlines to see if they should be at Terminal A side or Terminal B.
The four airside terminals house passenger gates on the main levels with airline membership clubs on the upper levels. Airside 1 and Airside 4 have international arrival gates with Federal Inspection Stations.
Passenger Services at Orlando Airport
Free WiFi is available throughout all of the public areas of the terminal buildings. More than 100 shops and restaurants are scattered throughout the main and airside terminals for traveler convenience, and art exhibits are similarly positioned around the airport to help travelers pass the time. For those needing a little peaceful, quiet time for meditation, the airport offers a chapel in the main terminals. Several companion care restrooms are located throughout the airport complex, available on levels 1 and 3 of both main terminals and at all of the four airside terminals.
In all, MCO offers more than 20,000 parking spaces throughout its complex. The Terminal Top Parking area and Terminal A and Terminal B Parking Garages are the closest to the main terminal building and are slightly more expensive than outlying parking areas. For economy parking, MCO provides the North Park Place parking area near Toll Road 528 and highway 436 and the South Park Place parking area near Toll Road 417. The airport’s complimentary cell phone waiting lot offers 100 spaces near the South Park Place parking area. Valet parking is available at MCO and is accessed through the adjacent Hyatt Regency Hotel. Patrons may have vehicles detailed while in valet parking for an additional fee.
Accommodations for special parking are also available. Over-sized vehicles may park in the North Park Place lot since they cannot maneuver the parking garages. Disabled parking is available in the Terminal Top Parking area and Terminal Parking Garages on all levels near the elevators.
All MCO parking lots accept most major credit cards as well as E-Pass and SunPass cards.
Airlines Serving Orlando Airport
Orlando International Airport is a focus city for Southwest Airlines, which is the largest commercial carrier at the facility. The airline is also the main tenant of Airside 2 in Terminal A. Through Southwest, passengers can reach a wide variety of destinations. Year-round destinations include Atlanta, Austin, Branson, Chicago-Midway, Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Key West, Louisville, Nashville, New Orleans, Phoenix, Providence, San Antonio and more. Seasonally, the airline offers flights to Albuquerque, Cleveland, Dayton, Detroit, and Jackson.
Southwest Airlines also operates all flights offered by AirTran Airways from Orlando International Airport. AirTran operates out of Airside 2 in Terminal B. Through this airline, passengers can travel to destinations such as Aruba, Atlanta, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Montego Bay, Philadelphia, San Juan and more on a year-round basis. The Airline also offers non-stop flights to Boston on a seasonal basis.
Orlando International Airport has been a focus city for JetBlue Airways since 2008. JetBlue flights depart from Airside 1 in Terminal A. The low-cost carrier provides flights on a number of different domestic and international routes including Austin, Montego Bay, Nassau, New York-JFK, Newark, Ponce, San Juan, Santo Domingo and Washington-National.
Colorado-based Frontier Airlines also uses Orlando International Airport as a focus city. The airline operates from Airside 4 in Terminal B, and it offers a number of non-stop flights on a year-round basis. Destinations served by Frontier from Orlando include Bloomington/Normal, Colorado Springs, Denver, Harrisburg, and Omaha. Seasonally, passengers can reach Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Virginia using Frontier.
Delta Airlines is an important commercial carrier at Orlando International Airport. The airline provides flights to a large number of destinations including Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, and Salt Lake City. Seasonally, passengers can use Delta to travel to Cancún, Hartford/Springfield, and Pittsburgh. Delta also offers popular routes through its Delta Connection program. Compass Airlines provides Delta Connection flights to Kansas City, while ExpressJet offers seasonal flights to Grand Rapids. Pinnacle Airlines operates Delta Connection flights that travel to Raleigh/Durham.
A number of smaller commercial carriers provide service to various international destinations from Orlando. For example, passengers can reach Dublin, Ireland by booking a flight on Aer Lingus. Aeroméxico offers flights to Mexico City, and Air Canada provides passengers with routes to Montréal, Toronto, Halifax, and Ottawa. Additionally, passengers who intend to travel to the islands of the Caribbean can use Caribbean Airlines from Orlando to reach Kingston and Port of Spain.