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Orlando Airport

Orlando Airport is one of the most important airports in the state of Florida in the U.S. It is situated six nautical miles or 11 km southeast of the Central Business District of the city of Orlando. In terms of passenger traffic, Orlando International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. The airport operates both international and domestic flights to different destinations.
Orlando Airport ranks as the second busiest airport in Florida following Miami International Airport. In terms of passenger traffic, it is the 27th busiest airport in the world and the 13th busiest airport in the country.

Major airlines flying from this airport include JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and Allegiant Air. AirTran Airways uses the airport as an airline hub as the operations center and the corporate headquarters of AirTran are located in this airport. In terms of passenger traffic, the biggest airliner of this airport is Southwest Airlines. The airport code of Orlando Airport is MCO. The following airports serve the Greater Orlando region:

  • Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB)
  • Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB)
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)
  • Melbourne International Airport (MLB)
    Orlando International Airport is a public airport with four runways and the owner of the airport is Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA).

    Present structure and activities


    Orlando International Airport comprises a hub-and-spoke design with a big principal terminal building. There are four airside concourses, which passengers can access through people movers or elevated tram systems. The main terminal building is split into two terminals – Terminal A and Terminal B. Luggage claim facilities and passenger check-in facilities are located on the north end of the building (Terminal A) and the south end of the building (Terminal B). There are two security checkpoints that serve both terminals. The first checkpoint is located in the West Hall, heading towards Airsides 1 and 2 and the second checkpoint is located in the East Atrium, heading to Airsides 3 and 4.

    At present, Airside 4 works as the main international arrivals concourse of the Airport. Nevertheless, a number of international arrivals are also managed by Airside 1. International passengers arriving at the airport need to undergo US immigration and custom clearance procedures at the checkpoints. Escalator access is available at Airside 4 from the customs hall to the people mover platform. There is an exclusive on-site hotel in the main terminal building, which is the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The hotel features two restaurants, many bars, a conference center, and a sprawling lobby space
  • Terminal A
    Important airlines flying from Terminal A include the following:
    • JetBlue Airways
    • Southwest Airlines
    • Air Canada
    • American Airlines
    • Aeromexico
    • Aer Lingus
    • GOL
    • Martinair
    • Interjet
    • Volaris
    • Copa Airlines


    Airside 1
    • Secondary International Arrivals Concourse
    • Gates 1-17 and 20-28
    • It is a part of original terminal, inaugurated in 1981


    Airside 2
    • Hub Concourse for Jetblue Airways and Southwest Airlines (barring Overseas Flights, which take off from Airside 4)
    • Gates 101-106, 110-112 and 120-126


  • Terminal B
    Important airlines flying from Terminal B include the following:
    • Continental Airlines
    • AirTran Airways
    • United Airlines
    • Delta Air Lines
    • British Airways
    • US Airways
    • Virgin Atlantic
    • Lufthansa


    Airside 3
    • United Airlines Red Carpet Club
    • Gates 30-48 and 50-59
    • It is a part of the original terminal, inaugurated in 1981


    Airside 4
    • Main International Arrivals Concourse
    • Gates 60, 70-78, 80-87 and 90-97
    • AirTran Airways Hub Concourse
    • Delta Air Lines Sky Club

    Airside 4 manages most of the overseas flights at the airport.

  • Airline Lounges in Orlando Airport
    Given below are the two airline lounges located in the airport:
    • United Airlines Red Carpet Club - Situated close to Gate 43 in Airside 3
    • Delta Air Lines Sky Club – Situated on the 2nd floor of the center atrium in Airside 4
  • Airlines and destinations
    Given below are the various airlines operating in the Orlando Airport and their respective destinations
    Airlines Destinations Airside
    Aeroméxico Mexico City
    Aer Lingus Dublin
    Air Canada Montreal-Trudeau, Halifax [seasonal], Toronto-Pearson, Ottawa [seasonal]
    AirTran Airways Allentown, Akron/Canton, Asheville, Aruba, Atlantic City, Atlanta, Bloomington/Normal, Baltimore, Branson, Buffalo, Charleston (WV), Boston [seasonal], Chicago-Midway, Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Columbus (OH), Des Moines


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