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MCO Starts 2021 as Busiest Airport in the U.S.

Orlando International Airport MCO

Exceeding expectations, Orlando International Airport (MCO) starts 2021 as the busiest airport in the United States for departures, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

For eight straight days, from Sunday, December 27th until Sunday, January 3rd, MCO has seen more passenger departures than any other airport in the country.

Airport leadership attributes the better than expected data on a number of factors including, MCO’s continued emphasis on making the traveling public feel safe with enhanced Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) approved cleaning protocols, audio and visual CDC safety guideline reminders and low air fares by the airlines.

Travelers taking individual responsibility for their travel choices, pushed Orlando International to surpass 60,000 departing travelers each day this past Saturday and Sunday.

2019-20 Actual Numbers 2020-21 Projected / Actual
Friday, Dec 27, 2019 80,355 Sunday, Dec 27, 2020 44,571 51,876
Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 85,161 Monday, Dec 28, 2020 41,540 43,092
Sunday, Dec 29, 2019 80,727 Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020 36,910 38,715
Monday, Dec 30, 2019 80,174 Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 36,426 47,478
Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 66,857 Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 26,007 38,456
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 73,625 Friday, Jan 1, 2021 28,385 42,063
Thursday, Jan 2, 2020 79,009 Saturday, Jan 2, 2021 42,643 60,680
Friday, Jan 3, 2020 82,063 Sunday, Jan 3, 2021 44,971 60,855

 

Total passenger departure numbers are not available yet.

The 21-day holiday travel period officially ends on Thursday, January 7th. Orlando International will post complete holiday travel departure numbers on Friday, January 8th.

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