Orlando International Airport Prepares for Hurricane Irma – Flight Operations Will Cease on Saturday

Press Release

ORLANDO, FL. – The Orlando International Airport (MCO) continues to monitor and prepare for the expected weekend arrival of Hurricane Irma.

Following a series of meetings with our airline partners it has been determined that for the safety of the traveling public and our employees, Orlando International Airport will cease commercial operations at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

“Our Emergency Management Team is actively monitoring the weather conditions and working closely with the county and city emergency management agencies and our airline partners to determine the operational status of Orlando International Airport,” says Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “The safety of our passengers and employees is our top priority. Our staff has been planning, exercising and training to serve our traveling public, so I am confident we are prepared to weather the storm and recover as quickly as possible.”

MCO last ceased operations during Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016.

Current Airport Status:

  • As of 4:00 p.m. today, there are a total of 24 scheduled flight cancellations for the entire day at MCO, 13 arrivals and 11 departures.
  • Airlines currently cancelling flights are JetBlue, Silver, American, Southwest, Frontier, Spirit, Bahamas, and Alaska Airlines.
  • Cancelled destinations include: San Juan & Ponce, Puerto Rico, Key West, New York, Dominican Republic and Miami.
  • As of now, 17 scheduled flights are cancelled for Friday, September 8, 2017. That number is likely to change.

A number of airlines have already posted their corporate operating plans and passengers are advised to contact their individual airlines and their websites for more specific flight information. Once the order to cease operations goes into effect, passengers are advised not to come to Orlando International for shelter or to wait out the storm.