Travel Surge at MCO: Over 2 million to fly through Orlando International Airport during Thanksgiving Holidays

Nov 22, 2023 in "Air Travel"

Posted: Wednesday November 22, 2023 6:24am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Orlando International Airport (MCO) anticipates hosting over two million passengers during a 12-day travel period, marking a 17% increase from 2022.

MCO recommends that passengers be at the airport ticket counter 3 hours before their flight, at the checkpoint 2 hours before, and at the gate 1 hour before departure.

The peak travel day is expected to be the Saturday following Thanksgiving, with nearly 187,000 travelers.

MCO has expanded its parking facilities to accommodate the surge, offering around 2,000 additional spaces compared to last year. Parking options include several garages and lots across Terminals A, B, C, Terminal Top, North Park Place, and South Park Place, with extra lots like West Park Place and an Overflow lot activated during peak times. These areas feature enhancements like temporary fencing and lighting. Travelers are encouraged to use the Orlando MCO App and website for real-time parking updates.

“"The Aviation Authority and our airport partners are energized by the challenge of this year’s expected Thanksgiving holiday passenger surge, which solidifies our status as the nation's premier visitor destination," says Kevin Thibault, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. "Orlando International is preparing for the increase and encourages passengers to follow the 3-2-1 timeline. Our security checkpoints will be fully staffed, additional parking has been added and seasoned professionals stand ready to provide assistance to enhance the customer experience."

Passenger Estimations at Orlando International Airport

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Total: 170,945
2023 vs. 2022: +20%

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Total: 175,159
2023 vs. 2022: +21%

Friday, November 24, 2023

Total: 124,629
2023 vs. 2022: +19%

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Total: 160,584
2023 vs. 2022: +22%

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