Christmas/New Year’s Travel Record Expected at Orlando International Airport

One week from today, Orlando International Airport (MCO) kicks off what is expected to be another record-breaking holiday travel season. For the 21-day Christmas / New Year’s travel period, MCO is anticipating nearly 3 million passengers, or a 7 percent increase over last year.

“Our biggest gift to the traveler this holiday season is the expansion of available, easily accessible parking,” says Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA). “The new “C” parking garage provides our travelers a new option they previously did not have available.” The parking fees for the “C” garage are $15 per day compared to $17 per day at other airport parking garages.


Another gift travelers will notice this year, many of the airlines have newly renovated lobby ticketing and check-in areas, which provides travelers with more flight and directional finding information plus entertainment.

2017 Projected Passenger Totals/Busiest Days

Saturday, December 23rd - 155,000

Saturday, December 30th - 154,000

Friday, December 29th - 149,000

Friday, December 22nd - 149,000

Thursday, December 29th - 147,000

Thursday, December 21st - 146,000

Tuesday, December 26th - 145,000

Sunday, January 7th - 144,800

Wednesday, December 27th - 144,600

Tuesday, January 2nd - 144,000

Saturday, January 6th - 142,400

Monday, January 1st - 140,300

Friday, January 5th - 140,300

Wednesday, January 3rd - 140,202

Thursday, January 4th - 140,202

Sunday, December 31st - 134,500

Monday, January 8th - 133,400

Sunday, December 24th - 132,000

Wednesday, January 10th - 130,600

Tuesday, January 9th - 127,700

Monday, December 25th - 127,000

To further assist our travelers during this record breaking travel time of year, GOAA and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have a number of tips and suggestions to help enhance the travel experience.

  • Arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight
  • Follow the 3-1-1 rule for carrying liquids and gels in your carry-on luggage. (3.4 ounces or less, 1 quart zip top bag, 1 bag per passenger
  • Tape a card with your name and contact information on all of your electronic devices
  • Do not pack fireworks
  • Firearms are only allowed in checked baggage and must be unloaded and placed in special travel containers
  • Wear easily removable shoes
  • Passengers with a disability or medical condition should call ahead to the TSA Cares line for assistance upon arrival 855-787-2227
  • Do not wrap Christmas gifts
  • If traveling with a pet or comfort animal, bring a leash. The pet will need to be on a leash while the animal carrier is properly screened
  • Remember to check all bins for belongings after going through screening
  • Use the complimentary cell phone lots when picking up passengers to avoid circling around the airport
  • Download and use the free MCO mobile app to assist with terminal-wide navigation, flight status and security checkpoint wait times
  • If finishing that last minute shopping, airport stores and kiosks are open through Christmas Day with everything from jewelry to fragrances to clothing and high-tech gear

Two final travel tips that will come in very handy at this time of year when flying with nearly 3 million other passengers at Orlando International Airport…

  • Do not make light-hearted jokes about security or secure situations
  • Please pack your patience!

Source: Greater Orlando Aviation Authority