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Orlando International Airport

Orlando International Airport exterior shot

Photo Credit: Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

Orlando International Airport is a major airport serving Downtown Orlando, Florida, United States. The Orlando area, home to Universal Studios and Disney World, is the most popular travel destination in the United States: over 50 million visitors visit the area every year.

The airport is a hub for Silver Airways, as well as a focus city for Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, and Spirit. Based on the number of passengers carried, Southwest is the airport's largest carrier. Orlando International Airport is also home to a large maintenance base for United Airlines.

Orlando International Airport serves 135 domestic and international destinations. With over 850 daily flights arriving/departing on 44 airlines, the airport is a major international gateway for the mid-Florida region.

Interesting fact: the airport's IATA code, MCO, stands for the airport's former name, McCoy Air Force Base.


The airport is located six miles (10 km) southeast of Downtown Orlando, Florida, in the United States.


Main airport building interior

Inside the main airport building. Photo Credit: Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

Facilities Include:

The airside of the airport includes various facilities, including over 20 restaurants and 6 bars, duty-free shops. Shops include official Universal Orlando and Disney stores.

There is also currency exchange facility and free Wi-Fi service throughout the airport premises.

Moving walkways provide transportation between the parking garages and the main terminal.

The front of a Disney themed airport store

Airport Disney store. Photo Credit: Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

Lounges Include:

American Airlines – Admirals Club: Complimentary amenities and services include snacks, personal travel assistance, shower suites and a business center. Enjoy free meals and premium drinks.

Delta Air Lines – Sky Club: Complimentary amenities and services include drinks, including bar and alcoholic drinks, snacks and healthy meals, flight assistance, wi-fi, and entertainment system, including satellite TV.

United Club: Enjoy complimentary wi-fi, flight monitors, snacks and drinks, including United's premium wine and spirits program.

The Club at MCO: The airport has two lounges, located at Airside 1 and Airside 4. Access can be pre-purchased. A day pass costs 40 US Dollars. Passengers can enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages, including beer, wine and premium spirits, wi-fi, TV newspapers, magazines, shower facilities and comfortable and spacious seating.

USO Welcome Center: The USO Welcome Center is a military-only lounge located in the Main Terminal, A-Side, Level 1. The center caters to troops and military family members transiting through Orlando. Complimentary amenities and facilities include snacks and beverages, wi-fi, childrens play area, quiet area, library, TV, Xbox One, DVD and Blue-ray Player, PS4, work areas, phones, printers, computers, and luggage storage. For more information, check out our guide to US Military flights.

Book Lounge Passes for Orlando International Airport

Did you know that you can buy lounge passes for Orlando International Airport with Alternative Airlines? You can purchase them for The Club MCO (Gates 70-99) at Terminal B Concourse 4, and The Club MCO (Gates 1-29) at Terminal A Concourse 1.


The airport has four runways. Runway 17L/35R, 18R/36L, and 17R/35L are made of concrete and runway 18L/36R is made of asphalt. There is also a concrete helipad.


Birds eye view of the airport

Photo Credit: Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

Orlando International Airport has a hub-and-spoke layout. A large main terminal building splits off into four airside concourses. These four airsides are home to the following gates: Airside 1 (gates 1-29), Airside 2 (gates 100-129), Airside 3 (gates 30-59) and Airside 4 (gates 60-99).

The main terminal building is divided into two terminals: Terminal A and Terminal B

Terminal A:

Terminal A consists of the northern half of the main terminal, and is referred to as the North Side terminal.

Terminal B:

Terminal B consists of the southern half of the main terminal, and is referred to as the South Side terminal. This terminal handles primary international arrivals by many European airlines.


One large building houses the landside functions, including ticketing, baggage claim, etc. Signage divides it into Terminal A and Terminal B, with the airlines spread evenly between them. The larger mainline carriers, including American, Delta, and United, tend to use terminal B, along with a few other airlines. Low-cost and international carriers tend to depart from terminal A.

All ticketing is on Level 3. The major U.S. airlines also have check-in facilities on Parking Level R-1.


Baggage claim for most airlines is on Level 2. There is an exception for three airlines (Emirates, Thomas Cook, Virgin), whose baggage claim is on Level 1.

Airlines that fly to Orlando International Airport

The following airlines use the airport as a hub, or uses the airport as a focus city:

Airline Destinations
Frontier Airlines Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham (AL), Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Greenville/Spartanburg, Harrisburg, Hartford, Houston–Intercontinental, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Jackson, Las Vegas, Long Island/Islip, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Ontario, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Providence, Punta Cana, Raleigh/Durham, San Antonio, St. Louis, San Juan, Syracuse, Trenton, Washington–Dulles
JetBlue Aguadilla, Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Bogotá, Buffalo, Cancún, Hartford, Havana, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montego Bay, Nassau, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Newark, Newburgh, Ponce, Port-au-Prince, Providence, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San José de Costa Rica, San Juan, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Syracuse, Washington–National, White Plains, Worcester
Southwest Airlines Albany, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham (AL), Buffalo, Chicago–Midway, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas–Love, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Hartford, Houston–Hobby, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Long Island/Islip, Louisville, Manchester (NH), Memphis, Milwaukee, Montego Bay, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, New York–LaGuardia, Norfolk, Oakland, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond (begins August 10, 2019), Rochester (NY), Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose (CA), San Juan, St. Louis, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National
Spirit Airlines Aguadilla, Akron/Canton, Asheville, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Austin, Baltimore, Bogotá, Boston, Cartagena, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Guatemala City, Hartford, Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Kingston–Norman Manley, Las Vegas, Latrobe/Pittsburgh, Medellín-JMC, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montego Bay, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, New Orleans, New York–LaGuardia, Newark, Panama City–Tocumen, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, San José de Costa Rica, San Pedro Sula, San Juan, San Salvador, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, St. Thomas
Silver Airways Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Huntsville, Key West, Pensacola

Other airlines that fly to the airport:

Airline Destinations
Aer Lingus Dublin
Aeroméxico Mexico City
Air Canada Ottawa
Air Canada Rouge Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Toronto–Pearson
Air Transat Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Alaska Airlines Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Washington–National
Avianca Bogotá
Avianca El Salvador San Salvador
Azul Brazilian Airlines Belo Horizonte–Confins, Campinas, Recife
Bahamasair Nassau
British Airways London–Gatwick
Caribbean Airlines Port of Spain
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Delta Air Lines Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Raleigh/Durham, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma
Gol Airlines Brasília, Fortaleza
Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu
Icelandair Reykjavík–Keflavík
Interjet Mexico City
LATAM Brasil São Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM Perú Lima
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Norwegian Air Shuttle London–Gatwick, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Sunwing Airlines Toronto–Pearson
Swoop Edmonton, Hamilton (ON), London (ON)
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles
Virgin Atlantic London–Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Volaris Guadalajara, Mexico City
WestJet Calgary, Halifax, St. John's, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver

Top Destinations

Busiest Domestic Destinations

May 2018 – April 2019

Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 Atlanta, Georgia 1,483,610 Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
2 Newark, New Jersey 1,038,110 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, United
3 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 852,680 American, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
4 New York–JFK, New York 761,360 American, Delta, JetBlue
5 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 750,910 American, Frontier, Spirit, United

Busiest International Destinations


Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 London–Gatwick, United Kingdom 720,898 British Airways, Norwegian, Thomas Cook, Virgin Atlantic
2 Toronto, Canada 620,702 Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing, WestJet
3 São Paulo–Guarulhos, Brazil 450,738 LATAM, Delta
4 Manchester, United Kingdom 420,682 Thomas Cook, Virgin Atlantic
5 Panama City, Panama 370,270 Copa Airlines

How to get to Orlando International Airport

Airport Shuttles

If you're heading to Disney World and staying at a park hotel or one of the bigger hotels close to the airport, a free airport shuttle service might be available! Disney World offers a complimentary transportation service for its resort guests via Disney's Magical Express bus. Reservations need to be made in advance. There is also a shuttle service available between the airport and Daytona Beach, which is great for travellers looking to attend the Daytona 500 event - read our guide on flights to Daytona 500 to find out more.

By Bus

The Lynx Bus, Orlando's local bus system, makes airport pick-ups and drop-offs approximately every 30 minutes. The Lynx bus runs select routes including heading to downtown Orlando, International Drive and the Florida Mall and SeaWorld area. The cost is $2 per passenger, per journey.


The airport has two taxi queues, with one each in Terminals A and B on the Ground Transportation level. It is worth noting that all airport taxicabs are required to charge fares based on the taximeter reading.

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