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Orlando International Airport: Growing to meet increasing global demand

Sep 18, 2015


A vision for the future has always been a driving force in the development of Orlando International Airport (MCO). As the gateway to the third-fastest growing U.S. metropolitan area and the world’s No. 1 family destination, MCO is experiencing unprecedented passenger growth.



Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Chairman Frank Kruppenbacher

Central Florida is a premier destination for leisure, business and conventions. Forbes Magazine named Orlando one of the best U.S. cities for future job growth in 2015. More than $7 billion in community investments in tourism, medical research, sports, business and education are stimulating air travel demand.

“Supporting Central Florida’s dynamic growth and sharing in the momentum generated by development provides a catalyst for job creation and economic vitality,” said Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Chairman Frank Kruppenbacher.

Paralleling the community’s efforts, MCO has begun a $1.1 billion capital improvement program, which includes an Intermodal Terminal Facility that will incorporate the nation’s first intercity rail service from an airport. Expansion plans will increase passenger capacity, operational efficiency and emphasize greater convenience and access for international travelers.

Passenger growth has MCO on pace to surpass its annual traffic record of 36.4 million passengers. Driving this is record-breaking growth in international traffic.

Increased service from the U.K., Canada, Central and South America, and the new Dubai and Iceland services are contributing to the international success that now represents 12 percent of the airport’s total traffic.

“Providing access to the world’s travelers further reinforces our position as the most visited destination in the United States,” said Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Executive Director Phil Brown.

With projected increases in international travel and new additions planned at all the major tourist attractions the region is renowned for, Orlando International Airport is well positioned to respond to the needs of the global traveling public.

Southern USA 2015 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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