ORLANDO, FL. - TACA Airlines will become the newest international carrier at Orlando International Airport (MCO) when it commences scheduled non-stop service to Central America. The airline, using Embraer E190 aircraft, will fly three times each week from Orlando to San Salvador, the second most populous city in Central America, with continuing connections throughout the region. The service is scheduled to begin November 1, 2009. TACA Airlines was awarded the 2009 Skytrax award for “Best Airline Central America”.
“Increased service to Latin America has been a goal by the Aviation Authority and the community to meet increased travel demand. This new service is welcomed for the opportunities and benefits that it brings both leisure and business travelers for travel between our two regions” said Steve Gardner, Executive Director, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at the August Board meeting.
In the last 18 months, service to the Latin America and the Caribbean region has increased 29.7% with an annual economic impact to the Central Florida region of 262 million dollars. MCO is the 10th largest port of entry for non-U.S. residents (YTD May 2009) according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Tourism Industries. With a 6% increase over last year, MCO is one of only three airports in the top 15 which have an increase in international passenger activity over last year. The others are Miami and Philadelphia which are both up by just 1%.
Orlando International has scheduled international service to 24 destinations, provided by 19 airlines.
For more information contact Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055.
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