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5/31/2011 - International Summer Travel is "Hot" at Orlando International Airport

ORLANDO, FL. – The addition of nearly 5,900 weekly international airline seats into Orlando International Airport (MCO) makes the summer of 2011 a hot one for air travel.

Four new carriers; Air France, Avianca, Caribbean Airlines and Edelweiss Air along with four existing airlines already servicing MCO; Aer Lingus, Copa Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and TAM account for the increase.

“Growing our international service for the Central Florida community has been a top priority over the years and we are excited to see some of the benefits of those efforts. In fact, since October 2007, Orlando International has secured 25 new international routes to destinations including Paris, France; Zurich, Switzerland; Sao Paulo, Brazil and Bogota, Colombia. This is proof that the Orlando area is a globally recognized brand”, says Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

Summer International Service From MCO (New) Airlines:

  • Air France - Destination: Paris, France; 1,416 seats per week; begins June 7
  • Avianca – Destination: Bogota, Colombia; 480 seats per week; begins July 12
  • Caribbean Airlines – Destination: Port of Spain, Trinidad; 308 seats per week; begins July 5
  • Edelweiss Air – Destination: Zurich, Switzerland; 285 seats per week; begins July 2

Additional Summer International Service From MCO (Existing) Airlines:

  • Aer Lingus – Destination: Dublin, Ireland; 150 seats per week
  • Copa Airlines – Destination: Panama City, Panama; 1,001 seats per week; begins June 16
  • JetBlue Airways – Destination: Cancun & Montego Bay; 700 seats per week; begins May 4
  • TAM – Destination: Sao Paulo, Brazil; 1,491 seats per week; begins July 5

The economic impact of this new service is approximately $87.4 million annually for the local economy, taking into account the number of flights, average stay of 8.7 nights per passenger and the discretionary spending habits of international visitors.

International travel reached a record high of 3.2 million in 2010 accounting for nearly 10 percent of all passenger traffic at Orlando International Airport.

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For more information, contact Carolyn Fennell or Rod Johnson at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055.

 

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