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9/8/2011 - Orlando International Airport 30 Years and Growing


ORLANDO, FL. - Orlando International Airport (MCO) celebrates its Pearl Anniversary in 2011, commemorating 30 years of providing a world-class travel experience. The journey towards becoming a premier travel gateway began with the completion of a new $300 million terminal facility in 1981. Since the official dedication on October 2, 1981, MCO has experienced significant and steady growth in responding to the strong economic development of the region in both visitor and business traffic.

“The regions diverse economy helped spark the need for a world-class airport capable of growing and delivering a quality travel experience”, says Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

Over the course of three decades, the airport has doubled in size, added two new runways, two new airsides and has seen its passenger traffic increase nearly 600 percent. Orlando International has also taken the lead in implementing many industry firsts. MCO was the first airport in the nation to initiate the CLEAR Program, an expedited security screening for trusted travelers; companies like Guess, Oakley and Build-A-Bear Workshop opened their first airport locations at Orlando International Airport; and in 1982, MCO hosted the world’s only simultaneous landing of two supersonic Concorde jets.

As the anniversary approaches, we will continue to provide highlights of the continuing evolution of Orlando International Airport from 1981-2011.



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To celebrate this historic milestone and share the occasion with the community it is proud to serve, Orlando International Airport will host a Community Day on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011 from 2-5 p.m. Visitors will be treated to live entertainment, a sidewalk sale by airport merchants, giveaways from participating airlines and free parking.

Orlando International Airport supports the local economy with over 18 thousand worker employed on airport property.


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


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