Orlando International Airport (MCO/KMCO)

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MCO handled over 34 million passengers in the 2010 fiscal year and international traffic grew by double-digits (+11.8%) to 3.2 million. Orlando's combined leisure and business market is worth over US$30 billion a year.

Metro Orlando's reputation as a centre for commerce, defense and technology is boosted by the presence of giants Mitsubishi, Siemens and Lockheed Martin. Orlando is one of the country's top destinations for meetings and conventions, hosting over 5,000 corporate events a year. Medical tourism is another growth engine: Orlando has jump-started the biotech boom, with an emerging 'medical city' in Lake Nona, one of central Florida's fastest-growth areas.

  • Closest airport to: Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, Orange County Convention Center (2nd largest in the U.S.), Kennedy Space Center, Port Canaveral (Cruise Port), Downtown Orlando and the University of Central Florida (2rd Largest University in the U.S.)
  • Orlando is home to one of only two ‘Medical Cities’ currently being built in the world
  • International conventions and their high yield traffic…
    • American Heart Association 30,000 delegates
    • American Society of Clinical Oncology 29,600 delegates
    • Healthcare Information and Management 28,400 delegates
    • National Business Aviation Association 38,800 delegates
    • National Home Builders Association 92,100 delegates
    • Professional Golfer’s Association 38,700 delegates
Orlando International Airport

Drum roll: MCO flies to more non-stop (US) domestic destinations than any other airport in Florida. The airport’s marketing team can offer a generous support package for new routes.

Marketing and other support

  • Marketing support may be available for new city pairs, please contact GOAA Marketing Department for information

Catchment Area

Impressive numbers: 9.2 million or around half of Florida's population live within a two-hour drive of MCO airport. Orlando is also home to the second-largest university in the US; the University of Central Florida, with 56,000 students.

  • 30 min catchment area 1.8 million
  • 60 min catchment area 3.4 million
  • 120 min catchment area 9.2 million (51% of the population of Florida)
Orlando International Airport

Florida’s top export destinations are Brazil, Venezuela, Switzerland, Canada and Colombia. Just 45 minutes east of MCO airport is Port Canaveral, a world-class deep water cargo and cruise port.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Orlando International Airport’s Foreign Trade Zone is located in the only quadramodal transportation hub in the world, offering access to all global destinations. International business is made easy through a superior network of air routes, interstate highways, rail systems, deep water ports, and space transportation through launch facilities at the Kennedy Space Center.


Location Location: MCO is not only Orlando's primary gateway, but the commercial airport with the shortest drive to Disney World, theme parks, the central business district and Orange County Convention Centre.

  • Orlando International Airport is adjacent to State Road 528 providing direct access:
    • 3 miles to State Road 417 (Orlando Beltway)
    • 10 miles to the Florida Turnpike (Miami to I-75)
    • 17 miles to Interstate 4 (Tampa-Daytona)
    • 40 miles to Interstate 95 (Miami-Boston)
    • 65 miles to Interstate 75 (Miami-Detroit)
  • Orlando’s central location provides excellent access:
    • 40 minutes to the East Coast/Port Canaveral (SR 528)
    • One hour (85 miles) to the Gulf Coast/Port of Tampa (I-4)
    • Two hours (140 miles) to the Georgia border/Port of Jacksonville (I-95)
    • Four hours (236 miles) to Miami (Florida Turnpike/I-95)
  • 47 companies are permitted to provide shuttle bus transportation to MCO from all over Florida
  • Over 60% of the U.S. population is within overnight trucking range of Orlando

Infrastructure & Operations

  • 4 runways
    • 17L/35R           9,000 ft           2,743 m
    • 17R/35L           10,000 ft         3,048 m
    • 18L/36R           12,005 ft         3,659 m
    • 18R/36L           12,004 ft         3,659 m
  • Slot Coordinated:  No
  • Operating hours: 24 hours
  • Terminals:
    • 4 airsides
      • Airside 1 refurbished 2009
      • Airside 2 opened 2000
      • Airside 3 refurbished 2009
      • Airside 4 opened 1990
    • 96 gates
  • Min. connect time:
    • 30-minute domestic to domestic
    • 90-minute international to domestic

Vital statistics

  • Passenger numbers
    • 34,877,899 passengers CY2010
    • 31,632,100 Domestic
    • 3,245,799 International
    • 34,657,776 Scheduled
    • 220,123 Charter
  • Freight:
    • 132,071 short tons domestic (CY 2010)
    • 39,935 short tons international
  • Largest carrier:
    • Passenger:
      • Southwest Airlines
        • 7,614,241 (21.8%)
    • Freight:
      • FedEx
        • 71,728 (41.7%)