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4/29/2004 - New and Increased Service to Orlando International Airport Announced by Several Airlines

ORLANDO, FL Several airlines have announced new or expanded service to and from Orlando International Airport in late Spring and early Summer. Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Central Florida continue to be a premier business, convention, and leisure destination.

"As passenger traffic rebounds with double-digit increases (16%), in the first quarter of this year, we are very pleased that several airlines plan to expand service to this market. Central Florida provides attractive opportunities for both leisure and business travelers", said C.W. Jennings, Executive Director for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

US Airways is expected to start service from MCO to Bermuda beginning on May 8, 2004. This is a new, non-stop destination for Orlando. 

Ted, United Airlines low-cost carrier, will offer 21 flights weekly between Orlando and Washingtons Dulles International Airport beginning on May 8, and will increase the frequency to 35 flights weekly later in the same month.

Virgin Atlantic will increase service between MCO and Londons Gatwick International Airport to 17 flights weekly beginning on May 9. This is the highest ever frequency for this market from Orlando.

Southwest Airlines starts service to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with 21 flights weekly beginning May 9. Additional cities for increased service by Orlando carriers include: Manchester, England; Mexico City, Mexico; Panama City, Panama; Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Illinois and Toronto, Canada.

With over 27 million passengers in 2003, Orlando International Airport has service to more than 100 locations world-wide, and more domestic service than any other airport in the state of Florida.


For more information, contact Carolyn M. Fennell at (407) 825-2055.


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