The Orlando International Airport may finally be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. For the month of July, Orlando International Airport (MCO) saw an improvement of 310,000 passengers over June, giving the airport another gradual monthly increase.

‘The last time we saw this many passengers moving through Orlando International was just as the pandemic struck in March,” says Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “Since then, we remain encouraged as we have been consistently ranked as one of the seven busiest airports for passenger departures in the nation because of our slow and steady growth.”

The biggest contributor to the July improvement, the number of passengers on board each plane landing at MCO was up by an average of 6.1 percent to 55 percent capacity.

July Statistical Data:

• Domestic traffic was down 69.1 percent with 1,173,630 total passengers in July.
• International traffic was off 98.2 percent with 12,424 total arrivals and departures in July.
• Overall traffic declined 73.58 percent with 1,186,054 passengers at MCO for the month.
• So far this year overall traffic at MCO is down 54.43 percent as some 13,803,951 passengers have traveled through the airport.

Although it’s likely that continued increases in passenger traffic will be gradual, the trend is in a positive direction, certainly a welcome sight for OIA, and the tourism industry in and around Osceola County.