Orlando International Airport
|Orlando International Airport|
|January 6, 1999|
|IATA: MCO – ICAO: KMCO – FAA LID: MCO|
|Owner||Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA)|
|Serves||Orlando, Florida, USA|
|Location||Orlando, Florida, USA|
|Hub for||AirTran Airways|
|Elevation AMSL||96 ft / 29 m|
|FAA airport diagram|
|Aircraft operations||391,745 (2,006)|
|Source: Aircraft operations: Federal Aviation Administration
Passengers: Airports Council International
Orlando International Airport (IATA: MCO, ICAO: KMCO, FAA 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.
Airlines[change | change source]
The following airlines fly to Orlando International Airport: 
- Aer Lingus
- Air Canada
- Air France
- Air Transat
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- Azul Airlines
- British Airways
- Caribbean Airlines
- Copa Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Emirates (starts September 1) 
- Frontier Airlines
- Gol Airlines
- JetBlue Airways (Focus City)
- LAN Peru
- Norwegian Air Shuttle
- Silver Airways
- Southwest Airlines (Focus City)
- Spirit Airlines
- Sun Country Airlines
- Sunwing Airlines
- TAM Airlines
- Thomas Cook Airlines
- United Airlines
- US Airways
- Virgin America
- Virgin Atlantic Airways
References[change | change source]
- FAA Airport Master Record for MCO ( PDF), effective 2007-03-15
- "ACI passenger figures in 2007". Aci.aero. 2011-08-01. http://www.aci.aero/cda/aci_common/display/main/aci_content07_c.jsp?zn=aci&cp=1-5-54-55_666_2__. Retrieved 2011-11-21.
- United States. "Great Circle Mapper: MCO / KMCO - Orlando, Florida". Gc.kls2.com. http://gc.kls2.com/airport/MCO. Retrieved 2011-11-21.
- "Orlando International Airport slips to 13th nationally, 26th worldwide – Tourism Central Florida – Orlando Sentinel". Blogs.orlandosentinel.com. http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/business_tourism_aviation/2010/03/orlando-international-airport-slips-to-13th-nationally-26th-worldwide.html. Retrieved 2011-11-21.
- "Airports Council International". Airports.org. 2011-10-18. http://www.airports.org/cda/aci_common/display/main/aci_content07_c.jsp?zn=aci&cp=1-5-212-218-224_666_2__. Retrieved 2011-11-21.
- "Southwest Airlines is MCO's largest carrier [in terms of passenger traffic"]. Archived from the original on 15 October 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20071015051122/http://orlandosentinel.com/business/custom/tourism/orl-disney0107sep01,0,5259279.story?track=rss.