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Orlando International Airport
January 6, 1999
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
Serves Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Location Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Opened 1981 (1981)
Hub for
  • Silver Airways
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 96 ft / 29 m
Coordinates 28°25′46″N 81°18′32″W / 28.42944°N 81.30889°W / 28.42944; -81.30889
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
MCO is located in Florida
Location in Florida
MCO is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Runway Length Surface
ft m
17L/35R 9,001 2,743 Concrete
17R/35L 10,000 3,048 Concrete
18L/36R 12,005 3,659 Asphalt/Concrete
18R/36L 12,004 3,659 Concrete
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 44 13 Concrete
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft operations 330,708
Passengers 44,611,265
Airfreight (tonne) 199,598
Source: Aircraft operations: Federal Aviation Administration
Passengers: Airports Council International

Orlando International Airport (IATA: MCOICAO: KMCOFAA LID: MCO) is a major international airport in Orlando, Florida. It is the second busiest airport in Florida. Miami International Airport is the busiest. It is the 13th busiest airport in the United States and the 29th busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic.

The airport serves as a hub for AirTran Airways and as a focus city for Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways. The airport is the home of AirTran's corporate headquarters but the airline has its main hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Southwest Airlines is the airport's largest carrier in terms of passengers traveled. SWA carried one-fifth of all passenger traffic at the airport in 2006.

The airport code MCO stands for the airport's former name, McCoy Air Force Base. It was named for Colonel Michael Norman Wright McCoy, USAF. In the early 1960s, with the creation of commercial jet airline service to the Orlando area, the installation became a civil-military facility. After the Vietnam War, McCoy AFB was to be closed. All Air Force flight operations ended in early 1975. The airport was known as Orlando-McCoy Jetport until being renamed as Orlando International Airport.

The Greater Orlando area is also served by Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB). Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), Melbourne International Airport (MLB), and Tampa International Airport (TPA) are also near by.


Disney's Magical Express

A complimentary motor coach transportation service to all twenty four Walt Disney World resort hotels. The motor coach service is operated by Mears Transportation and is available to Disney guests with resort reservations. An agreement with BAGS Incorporated also provides checked luggage pickup and delivery system for Disney guests utilizing the Disney's Magical Express service.

Cruiseline transportation

The airport serves as a major inbound gateway for cruise line passengers departing out of Port Canaveral on lines including Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, SunCruz Casinos, and Sterling Casinos, all operating motorcoach transportation to Port Canaveral, primarily with partnerships with Mears Transportation.

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