Orlando International Airport (MCO) set a new record in 2018 by recording over 47 million annual passengers during a rolling 12-month period ending in November 2018.
For perspective, when the current terminal building was completed in 1981, MCO welcomed a total of 6 million passengers. “This is a significant milestone in Orlando International Airport’s history because it shows the sustained strength of the Central Florida economy,” says Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “With over 47 million annual passengers and growing, we must continue to plan and build for future growth, following the vision that was established more than three decades ago.”
Sparking much of the growth in October and November was increased seat capacity by the airlines that serve MCO. In October alone, seat capacity grew by more than 343 thousand seats into Orlando with Spirit, Southwest, United, JetBlue and American Airlines leading the way. November also saw an increase in Thanksgiving passengers. AAA named the Orlando area as the most popular destination in the country for the holiday.
• International passenger traffic spiked 23.98 percent to 563,110 travelers in November
• Domestic traffic also climbed 8.12 percent with a total of 3,486,779 passengers for the month
• Combined, overall traffic increased by 10.08 percent with 4,049,889 travelers at MCO
• On a rolling 12-month period, Orlando International recorded 47,362,900 total passengers, an all-time high for MCO
• In October, MCO was only 7,829 passengers short of the 47 million passenger mark on a rolling 12-month basis with an increase of 6.6 percent over the previous year