Orlando International Airport Expects Big Uptick in Passengers During 2021 Spring Break and Easter Travel Season
It seems that air travelers are about to flock to Central Florida. According to a statement released by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Orlando International Airport (MCO) expects over 600,000 more spring break travelers year-over-year. The numbers reported compare passengers between February 28 and April 13. This figure represents a 45% increase from 2020’s spring break and Easter crowd.
Phil Brown, CEO of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, attributes the increase to a number of factors.
The combination of additional flights in our market, the expanded distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and the undeniable lure of Central Florida as a getaway destination portends for robust air travel as we approach this year’s Spring Break. It is a much-welcomed improvement over this time last year when we were at the depths of the pandemic.
The “much-welcomed improvement” is an understatement. During the 2020 spring break travel season, MCO saw 1.8 million fewer passengers than in 2019. This year’s rebound amounts to the recovery of about 1/3 of the passengers lost during last spring break.
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