The 2013 Christmas / New Year’s holiday travel season is upon us. The 22-day travel period promises to be extremely busy at Orlando International Airport (MCO).
The travel timeline stretches from December 17 and will last through January 7, 2014. During this time some 2.3 million passengers will travel through MCO.
Holiday Travel Statistics: Busiest travel days:
- Saturday, January 4, 2014 with 123,757 total passengers
- Saturday, December 28, 2013 with 120,902 total passengers
- Thursday, December 26, 2013 with 117,706 total passengers
- Saturday, December 21, 2013 with 117,637 total passengers
- Sunday, January 5, 2014 with 117,124 total passengers
(This year due to a change in accounting practices, we are unable to accurately compare total passenger travel numbers with 2012 statistics for a percentage of change in travelers moving through MCO)
To better provide our 2.3 million passengers with an enjoyable Orlando Experience during this festive time of year, the airport has developed a “Top Ten” list of things to remember when traveling at MCO this holiday season.
Top Ten Travel Tips at Orlando International Airport:
- Arrive at least 2-hours early for domestic flights and 3-hours early for international travel.
- Pack as lightly as possible.
- Do not wrap holiday gifts in your carry-on luggage. They will be subject to search.
- Keep your passport and or other government-issued picture identification handy as it will be needed at various stages of the check-in process.
- When picking up passengers, remember to allow 30 minutes after scheduled flight arrival time before driving to curb for pickup. This allows time for guests to move through the terminal, collect their luggage and meet you at the curb for quick, hassle- free pickup.
- TAKE SECURITY SERIOUSLY! DO NOT MAKE JOKES OR LIGHT-HEARTED COMMENTS WHILE BEING PROCESSED FOR A FLIGHT.
- DO NOT BRING WEAPONS OR PROHIBITED ITEMS TO THE AIRPORT. If you do, secure them in your vehicle before entering the main terminal building.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. All airport employees are trained in customer service for your Orlando Experience.
- If you do forget an item in the terminal please contact MCO Lost and Found with as much detail as possible to reunite you with your lost item. Lost and Found number is 407-825-2111.
Pack your patience. Remember, there are 2.3 million other travelers with you at the airport at this time of year and sometimes nerves can be short.