Orlando International Continues Readiness Plans, Enhances Protocols in Response to COVID-19

Press Release

ORLANDO, FL. – The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) remains committed to maintaining the safety, health and well-being of employees and passengers at Orlando International Airport and Orlando Executive Airport.

As part of our ongoing preparedness efforts, Orlando International Airport (MCO) maintains frequent communications with local, state and federal health officials regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Typically, during cold and flu season, the Authority increases the terminal and airside cleaning schedules. However, in an effort to maintain a safe and resilient operation, additional measures have been implemented.

“It is critical for the Authority to do everything we can to not only safeguard our passengers, but protect our employees from this public health event,” said Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer for GOAA. “The airport’s Emergency Management team has done an exceptional job detailing ways we can adapt existing response plans should COVID-19 begin to affect airport operations.”
The following are highlights of steps we at Orlando International are taking to minimize exposure possibilities for passengers and employees:

Cleaning Services

  • Installation of hand sanitizer stations throughout the airport, as a response to the cold and flu season.
  • Increased frequency of cleaning at all high touch point areas, including escalator handrails, elevators, curbside, seating areas, tables, restrooms, and food court areas.
  • During regular and emergency cleaning of the facilities, MCO has specialized equipment (KaiVac and Zymec machines) that deep cleans areas such as restrooms, Federal
    Inspection Stations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection areas.

    • The Zymec is a fogger for the space.
    • The KaiVac sprays a disinfectant throughout the targeted area.
  • Increased frequency in cleaning of the airport shuttle buses, to include disinfecting of all passenger areas and driver surfaces.

First Responder Safety

  • Enhanced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits have been created for first responders for emergency calls.
    • Kits include protective eyewear, face masks and gowns.
  • We ask the general public to not be alarmed if they see Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) crews wearing the above mentioned protective gear. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocol, this protective equipment helps minimize any opportunities of our response team members to contract the cold or flu when coming in contact with patients.

Employee Communication

  • GOAA communicators have reached out to airport employees to ensure a safe, healthy workplace environment. The following messages have been shared with them.
  • Stay home and seek medical attention if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.

Airline Activity

A number of our airline partners have revised their policies on changing and cancelling flights due to coronavirus concerns. We are advising travelers to check with their individual airlines regarding changes.

Additional information related to COVID-19 may be found at the CDC website

Basic MCO Information: With more than 50 million annual passengers, Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the busiest airport in Florida and 10th busiest in the U.S. MCO is currently engaged in a $4.2 billion Capital Improvement Program to increase capacity and enhance customer convenience. Orlando International has air service to more than 150 destinations.