Orlando International Airport (MCO) Florida’s busiest airport is meeting the demands of record-setting passenger growth to America’s most visited destination. Crews are working seven days a week on the South Terminal Complex, the largest construction project in airport history. Slated to open in late 2021, it will feature 19 new gates capable of accommodating at least 24 aircraft and 10 million-plus additional passengers. The three-floor facility is rising next to the South Airport Automated People Mover Complex and Intermodal Terminal Facility, which will accommodate the upcoming, high-speed Brightline service connecting Orlando to South Florida. The South Terminal is the cornerstone of
the airport’s $4.2 billion, multiyear Capital Improvement Program. Previously completed enhancements have targeted key areas from ticketing to baggage handling in the airport’s North Terminal.
Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) A $60 million expansion project, coming online by year’s end, will add nearly 50,000 square feet, four gates, three baggage carousels, new ticket counters and more. The airport is also working with several air carriers to land new domestic and international service. “We’ve consolidated our passenger screening process to improve efficiency,” CEO Diane Crews says of the expansion, “and we’ve brought in convenient amenities like more family bathrooms and private stations for breastfeeding moms, and will be adding more concessions with a focus on local businesses as well as a children’s playground. We’ve also improved traffic flow in front of the airport and added a canopy to our passenger drop-off and pick-up area. “Travelers will see a brighter, fresher look throughout the airport.”
TOURISM FUELING MAJOR GROWTH AT OUR AIRPORTS
President and CEO of Visit Orlando
As Orlando’s popularity continues to grow, our airports are hard at work to keep pace with record visitation. Major expansion projects are underway at both Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), and these enhancements will only elevate the visitor experience. At MCO, tourists to Orlando account for about 70% of all passenger traffic. That demand carries over to SFB too. As Diane Crews told us, “Orlando is absolutely the attraction, and we’re happy to help connect people to this magical place.” Of course, strengthening our transportation infrastructure benefits our entire community. When our airports invest in larger, more functional facilities, residents reap the economic value of visitor spending. This revenue stream further supports public resources such as schools, roads and cultural venues. Visit Orlando has worked closely with MCO, SFB and several airlines on marketing campaigns that keep us top of mind for travelers, while offering more options for them to get here. Orlando’s airports not only serve as a gateway to our world-famous attractions and theme parks, they also support ongoing awareness of our destination. And from a 30,000-foot view, it’s clear just how important they are to keeping our region’s leading industry running strong.
As featured in the January 2020 edition.