There isn’t much to complain about at Orlando International Airport, a worldwide beacon of transportation that moves over 50 million passengers in and out of the area annually.
Through a fan vote, our own “MCO” was named to the top spot of the “Best Large Airport” category in the new year’s USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards.
While a panel of travel and transportation experts worked with editors to choose the list of initial nominees, the top 10 places were chosen by a vote of the public over four weeks in December and January.
And Florida, which also features marquee airports in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, saw the biggest support for its busiest airport, and beat out other nationally-acclaimed airports like Dallas-Fort Worth and Minneapolis-St. Paul in the large airport ranks.
OIA Director of Customer Experience Brian Engle said happy passengers have shown support with online likes and shares, not just their votes.
“Our supporters are always engaging with us across our social media platforms, telling us we’re their favorite airport,” he said. “Our social media team really harvested that positivity and encouraged our nearly 350,000 followers to vote daily.”
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Chief Executive Officer Phil Brown said the honor is rewarding because it came from both those who choose to travel into the area and locals to whom OIA is home base.
“Employees at Orlando International Airport always strive to deliver the best customer service possible, creating a dynamic and exceptional experience for everyone who travels through our facility,” he said.