ORLANDO, FL. – For the first time in Orlando International Airport (MCO) history, the airport is processing more than 44 million annual passengers on a rolling 12-month basis. In October, MCO surpassed the 44 million traveler mark with a strong 14.9 percent increase in passenger traffic for the month. Indications are, that with record holiday travel predictions, the numbers will continue to rise.
“We knew this day was coming and we have been steadily preparing for it. Our current $3.5 billion Capital Improvement Program has us on the right track to grow as needed to meet the ever increasing demand,” says Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
Both domestic and international traffic registered double-digit increases in October, pushing traffic to 3.6 million for the month.
Contributing heavily to the increase in passengers was an increase in load factor for the month. The average load factor was 89.8 percent, which was the highest average monthly load factor in two years, which meant that flights into MCO were full. To further help meet the demand, the airlines increased the number of flights operating at MCO by 2,826 for the month led by Frontier with 800 additional flights and Spirit with 700 additional operations.
October 2017 Statistical Data:
- Domestic passenger traffic increased 15.49 percent with 3,158,512 total passengers
- International passenger volume jumped 11.31 percent on a total of 496,659 passengers
- Combined, overall traffic was up 14.9 percent with 3,655,171 passengers for the month
- On a rolling 12-month basis, traffic in October reached 44,065,417 with an overall increase of 5.9 percent for the year over year totals
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®.