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Stronger Than Expected Holiday Travel Numbers Make Orlando International Busiest Departure Airport in U.S.

ORLANDO, FL. – The nation’s airports were busy this holiday season but few were busier than Orlando International Airport (MCO). According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), MCO was the busiest airport in the nation for departures 18 out of the 21 holiday travel days. Over that period, Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale combined make up 10 percent of all the departure traffic in the country.

“The 21-day holiday travel period was better than we projected at Orlando International Airport. We ranked busiest airport in the nation for departing passengers, consistently,” says Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “The introduction of a vaccine to combat COVID-19 combined with pent up demand, low air fares and our emphasis on a clean and safe travel environment for our guests all contributed to the strong
numbers.”

In total, nearly 900,000 passengers flew out of Orlando International for the holidays as compared to earlier estimates of 775,000. Even with the improved holiday numbers, traffic was down about 42 percent compared to last year’s 1.5 million Christmas/New Year’s departures. MCO now has recovered over 85 percent of its pre-COVID 19 domestic air service destinations.

For more information visit: https://www.orlandoairports.net/press/2021/01/08/stronger-than-expected-holiday-travel-numbers-make-orlando-international-busiest-departure-airport-in-u-s/


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Diane Sears

A career journalist, author and advocate for business growth, Diane Sears is the CEO, editor and publisher of i4 Business. She is also the founder and president of DiVerse Media LLC, which has handled content marketing projects including nonfiction books, white papers, executive speeches and scripts since 2000. She is co-founder of the nonprofit Go for the Greens Foundation, which helps connect women-owned and minority-owned business owners with growth opportunities internationally.

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