Orlando International (MCO)
Orlando International Airport (MCO) is located in the heart of central Florida and is accessible to all major Florida cities. Prior to 1974, the airport was largely owned by the United States Air Force. Orlando International Airport gained its airport code, MCO, from its former name, McCoy Air Force Base, which operated there. Locals joke MCO stands for “Mickey's Corporate Office,” as Walt Disney World is located just minutes from the airport. MCO is the only airport on the planet to offer Disney’s Magical Express Service. (Complimentary roundtrip airport transportation and baggage delivery service available to guests of select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels.)
MCO is the third-largest airport in the country, covering over 23 square miles. Currently, the airport accommodates over 30 million passengers a year, making it the 12th busiest airport in the United States, and the 21st busiest in the world. Orlando International Airport is one of the most environmentally-concerned airports, utilizing the Florida sunshine and atmosphere inside and out. MCO is an ultra-modern showcase of modern technology and convenience. The easy to navigate airport features a skylight dome, glass walls, panoramic views of the many lakes, lush Florida vegetation, numerous restaurants, stores, services, and a 443-room Hyatt Regency Hotel atop the main terminal.
Orlando is the largest rental car market in the world and all major car rental companies are easily accessible from the airport. On location rental car companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, L and M car rental, and National. The Cell Phone Parking Lot has convenient free short-term parking for passenger pick-up. Seven additional parking options are available for airport and hotel customers. The vast dining selection at MCO consists of Carvel, Chick-fil-A, Chili's Too, Fox Sports Sky Box, Fresh Attractions Deli, Hemispheres, Krispy Kreme, Macaroni Grill, McCoy's Bar & Grill, McDonald's, Nathan's, Sbarro, Seattle's Best Coffee, Zyng, and a 24-hour Starbuck's Coffee. There are over 40 unique shops located at the airport for the shopping enthusiast, including Brookstone, Kennedy Space Center, Lids, Magic of Disney, Oakley, Sea World Store, and Universal Studio Store.
At Orlando International Airport, over 50 airlines carry 94,000 passengers on over 870 flights everyday. MCO provides scheduled non-stop service to 85 U.S. destinations. According to their website, MCO has 60% more scheduled domestic flights, with 77% more seats (including 11% more business class seats), to 37% more U.S. destinations than any other airport in Florida. MCO also provides superior service for international travelers. A dedicated lounge is available for international passengers in transit, while U.S. Immigration operates 44 checkpoints, clearing up to 2,600 passengers per hour, with the average time taken by international passengers between leaving the aircraft and leaving the airport just 46 minutes. Orlando International Airport provides non-stop service to the Bahamas, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, and Europe. The average annual temperature in Orlando is 72 degrees Fahrenheit.