Orlando International Airport (MCO) will resume commercial operations at noon today.
The early-morning decision was made after airport management consulted the National Weather Service (NWS) about prospective wind and weather conditions. Noon was determined to be the earliest time Orlando International could reasonably resume normal operations, allowing time for damage assessment, sweeping the airfield for debris, security preparations, staff call backs for airport and federal agency employees and preparations for ground service equipment.
Air carriers will begin phasing of flight operations beginning later this afternoon. For more than a week, airport leaders, air carriers and federal agencies monitored the dangerous Hurricane Dorian as it churned through the Atlantic and began moving toward the Florida peninsula. Passengers should contact their airlines prior to arriving at the airport to ensure their flights are available.
As the busiest airport in the state of Florida, serving the nation’s most-visited destination, airport leaders needed at least four hours lead time to finalize preparations for Hurricane Dorian.
The airport’s daily scope of operations includes an average daily passenger count of 140,000 and more than 850 aircraft operations.