Christmas/New Year’s Travel Record Expected at Orlando International Airport

Press Release

ORLANDO, FL. – One week from today, Orlando International Airport (MCO) kicks off what is expected to be another record-breaking holiday travel season. The travel period is from Thursday, December 21st – Wednesday, January 10th. For the 21-day Christmas / New Year’s travel period, MCO is anticipating nearly 3 million passengers, or a 7 percent increase over last year.

“Our biggest gift to the traveler this holiday season is the expansion of available, easily accessible parking,” says Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA). “The new “C” parking garage provides our travelers a new option they previously did not have available.” The parking fees for the “C” garage are $15 per day compared to $17 per day at other airport parking garages.

Another gift travelers will notice this year, many of the airlines have newly renovated lobby ticketing and check-in areas, which provides travelers with more flight and wayfinding information plus entertainment.

2017 Projected Passenger Totals/Busiest Days

Saturday, December 23rd 155,000
Saturday, December 30th 154,000
Friday, December 29th 149,000
Friday, December 22nd 149,000
Thursday, December 28th 147,000
Thursday, December 21st 146,000
Tuesday, December 26th 145,000
Sunday, January 7th 144,800
Wednesday, December 27th 144,600
Tuesday, January 2nd 144,000
Saturday, January 6th 142,400
Monday, January 1st 140,300
Friday, January 5th 140,300
Wednesday, January 3rd 140,202
Thursday, January 4th 140,202
Sunday, December 31st 134,500
Monday, January 8th 133,400
Sunday, December 24th 132,000
Wednesday, January 10th 130,600
Tuesday, January 9th 127,700
Monday, December 25th 127,000

To further assist our travelers during this record breaking travel time of year, GOAA and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have a number of tips and suggestions to help enhance the travel experience.

  • Arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight
  • Follow the 3-1-1 rule for carrying liquids and gels in your carry-on luggage. (3.4 ounces or less, 1 quart zip top bag, 1 bag per passenger
  • Tape a card with your name and contact information on all of your electronic devices
  • Do not pack fireworks
  • Firearms are only allowed in checked baggage and must be unloaded and placed in special travel containers
  • Wear easily removable shoes
  • Passengers with a disability or medical condition should call ahead to the TSA Cares line for assistance upon arrival 855-787-2227
  • Do not wrap Christmas gifts
  • If traveling with a pet or comfort animal, bring a leash. The pet will need to be on a leash while the animal carrier is properly screened
  • Remember to check all bins for belongings after going through screening
  • Use the complimentary cell phone lots when picking up passengers to avoid circling around the airport
  • Download and use the free MCO mobile app to assist with terminal-wide navigation, flight status and security checkpoint wait times
  • If finishing that last minute shopping, airport stores and kiosks are open through Christmas Day with everything from jewelry to fragrances to clothing and high-tech gear

Two final travel tips that will come in very handy at this time of year when flying with nearly 3 million other passengers at Orlando International Airport…

  • Do not make light-hearted jokes about security or secure situations
  • Please pack your patience!

Happy Holiday’s from the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

Orlando International airport has more than 43 million annual passengers, making it the second busiest airport in Florida and 13th busiest in the U.S. With the state’s most domestic routes and non-stop service to 57 international destinations, MCO provides global access for business and leisure interests. Supporting a diverse Central Florida economy that features world-class tourist attractions, a medical research hub and growing simulation sector, Orlando International Airport generates more than $31 billion in direct and indirect revenue for the regional economy. As the premier gateway to the nation’s most visited destination, MCO strives to value and delight its customers through an airport-wide focus and design concept known as The Orlando Experience®.