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Orlando Int’l Airport Memorial Day Holiday Traffic Nears Pre-Pandemic Levels

After a year of staying close to home during the pandemic, Americans exercised their freedom of travel this Memorial Day holiday.

This Memorial Day holiday travel pushed traffic figures at Orlando International Airport (MCO) to near pre-pandemic levels.

Over 360,000 travelers departed MCO during the six-day holiday period as compared to only 55,000 last year. That is a nearly 500  percent increase. When compared to 2019 record levels, Memorial Day traffic at MCO was off 12 percent.

“This strong kickoff to the summer travel season is encouraging,” says Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

“However, the key for our long term success is how sustainable these traffic levels will be over the summer.”

Further destination expansion and seat capacity growth by the airlines is helping to build sustainable traffic numbers.

Starting June 2, MCO will welcome its first transatlantic flight back to Central Florida since the pandemic when Lufthansa resumes limited operations with federal restrictions from Germany.

Memorial Day 2021 Traffic Numbers

 2019 Departures2020 Departures2021 Departures
Thursday, May 2769,8939,37355,159
Friday, May 2872,8819,37561,050
Saturday, May 2968,6476,73259,691
Sunday, May 3062,3428,46560,826
Monday, May 3170,18212,45464,499
Tuesday, June 165,4198,38958,801
TOTALS 409,36454,788360,026

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