MCO Airport - Orlando Airport ( Orlando , FL )


Orlando Airport MCO

Airport Overview

Orlando International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the nation. This public airport is centrally located 6 miles (10 km) Southeast of Downtown Orlando, Florida. 

With its proximity to the gorgeous beaches, MCO airport is the top choice for both international and domestic travelers. It is a big international gateway for the Mid-Florida area with about 850 flights per day on 44 airlines. 

Airport Stats and Facts 

  • MCO airport handle 50 million passengers every year
  • It is the 11th busiest airport in the USA
  • On average, 126,743 passengers travel to the air per day
  • 2019 statistics reveal that Orlando Airport generated more than $41 billion of indirect and direct economic activity annually for Central Florida

Airport Traveling Tips

  • Orlando Florida airport peak time is 8 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
  • Avoid packing TSA restricted items
  • Allow enough time to pass through airport security screening
  • For the domestic airline, arrive at least two hours ahead of your flight and three hours before for international.
  • Go through MCO Airport map before heading out.
  • Bring real identification and one of the following documents: travel agency itinerary, electronic ticket receipt/itinerary, Airline itinerary card, a paper ticket boarding document for same-day travel.
  • Take into account TSA security wait times and any possible delays.

Passenger Pickup and Dropoff:

Due to federal rules, meeting travelers at the gate is not allowed in Orlando Airport. Picking at the Level 2 outside A and B side of the terminal is permitted.

Private vehicles may drop passengers at the curbside check-in on Level 3 on either A and B side of the terminal. 

Here are the best places to meet your dear one:

  • In restaurants or bars in the Main Terminal
  • Under the Flight Information Display Boards
  • Baggage claim area 
  • Baggage Claim Curb (Level 2) (located outside baggage claim)
  • In McCoy’s Bar & Grill
  • The lobby of the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport 

Important Notice:

Although dropping off, passengers are allowed curbside outside the terminal; vehicles may not be allowed to perk or wait for a long time. They must park in free cell phone lots. It allows a minimum of 20 minutes time after aircraft arrival.

Flight Status

Airport Terminals

Orlando Airport consists of two terminals A and B. Each consists of two separate airside concourses. Due to the ongoing construction of the South Terminal complex, North Terminal complex is known as the main terminal. 

Between both terminals, there are two security checkpoints to reach airside: West Hall and East Atrium. To see the terminal locations and extra information, refer to the MCO Airport terminal map.

Inter-terminal Transportation

You can get around the primary terminal and airside satellite by AGT elevated train shuttle. The approximate time between terminal A, B and north terminal complex is 68 seconds.

Terminal A - Airside 1 and 2 have 1 - 19 gates and 100 – 129 gates

Terminal B - Airside 3 and 4 have 30 – 59 and 70 to 99 gates


Every terminal has three levels:

Level 1: Baggage Claim and Ground Transportation Area

Level 2: Baggage Claim Area

Level 3: Ticketing level

Airlines Served

Orlando MCO is a hub of Silver Airways, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Spirit Airlines, Southwest Airlines, World Atlantic Airlines, etc.

View the full list of airlines served at MCO Airport.

Airport Parking

Short-term and long-term parking: Parking at Orlando Airport is hassle-free. The outer lots (Red and Blue) offer a shuttle to the terminals. It is the most cost-effective on-site parking option at $10 per day.

If you are picking someone up, it’s best to park at South or North Cell phone Lot. The North lot is free, but the South lot has a 2 hour grace time before charging. 

Long-term travelers need to leave their vehicle for a long time should look into dropping off at North or South Park Place Lots.

Off-site Parking: There is also plenty of off-site parking near MCO airport that charges less than $10 per day.

Ground Transport

Orlando Airport Car Rental: From taxi services to bus to limousines, getting to the MCO airport is easier. There are tons of on-site car rental agencies conveniently located on the A and B side of the terminal at ground transportation level. 

Few names include Hertz, Enterprise, Avis, etc. It can also be accessed without shuttles for pick up and drop off. Make sure you ask your hotel if they offer free transportation to and from the OIA airport.

MCO Airport Shuttle: There are also tons of airport shuttle services at OIA. Departing passengers can follow the signs to the shuttle loading areas. 

If you have a large party and no requirement for car rental, you can choose this option. 

Out-of-town shuttles can also be found on the Ground Transportation Level of Terminal A and B. Many hotels in the region also offer courtesy airport shuttle service. 

Buses and Trains: For those heading to and from outside of Orlando and its nearby suburbs, long-distance trains and buses are available.

For an affordable ride, few passengers also use Uber or Lyft to and from Orlando Airport.

Amenities and Services

  • Free Wi-Fi in all public areas of the airport
  • Restaurants, bars, cafes and grab-and-go food outlets
  • Information booths in the central area of the main terminal, 
  • Children’s play areas
  • Free access to a wheelchair for disabled
  • Nursing suites (in selected areas)
  • Duty-free shopping (Only in Concourses 1 and 4)
  • Live entertainment in the main terminal
  • Currency exchange and ATMs
  • Emergency medical care
  • Outlets and power stations

Contact Information

Orlando International Airport is owned and operated by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA).

Address: 1 Jeff Fuqua Blvd., Orlando, FL 32827



Have you lost an item at the airport? Lost & Found

General Inquiries: 407-825-2352

Paging: 407-825-2000

Parking: 407-825-7275

Lost and Found: 407-825-2111

Orlando Airport: A Brief History Timeline

  • Before 1970, Orlando international airport was situated in McCoy Air Force Base and owned by the United States Air Force base.
  • In 1974, the airfield shut down, and the area was bought by Orlando city, and commercial chartered flights soon started.
  • In 1976, the airport got its international status.
  • The North terminal was finished in 1978.
  • By the 1990s, more than $500 million had been spent on the expansions, improvements and new runways.
  • In 1994, the airport got ‘Airport Are for the People award’ by Airport Interviewing and Research, Inc for its incredible customer service
  • In 1995, OIA received ‘Design Arts award’ for Phase II Expansion projects
  • In 1996 to 1999, it was ranked as number one airport in North America for great customer satisfaction
  • In 2000, it was rated # 1 airport in the US for passenger convenience 
  • 1n 2004, 31.4 m passengers were recorded, making it the busiest airport in Florida. It was also ranked first in the nation and second in the world behind HK in passenger satisfaction.
  • In 2006, MCO was rated as the favorite airport of American travelers.
  • In 2008, Forbes named Orlando international airport as the most wired airport. ARN magazine awarded it for best customer service and concessions management.
  • 1n 2010, OIA airport broke the international passenger record with about 2 million travelers.
  • 1n 2011, the international passenger traffic hit another record with 3.5 million passengers.
  • 1n 2018, Orlando international airport recorded the second rank out of 20 in the US. Airport rankings
  • In 2019, it was also ranked as the top commercial service airport in Florida

MCO Airport FAQs

Q: Why is Orlando International Airport known as MCO?

A: Orlando International Airport got the MCO code from its former McCoy Air Force Base that operated there.

Q: How far is Orlando International Airport from Port Canaveral?

A: Distance between Orlando International Airport and Port Canaveral is 43 miles. You can choose a car, bus, shuttle, or taxi to get from the airport to Canaveral.

Q: Can you sleep in the MCO airport?

A: MCO Airport features plenty of comfy seating areas for getting quality Zzz’s. There is also a Hyatt hotel set inside the airport ideal for those people that want more amenities and privacy. 

We also recommend these awesome MCO layover ideas.

Q: What is the zip code of Orlando International Airport?

A: Orlando Airport zip code is 32827.

Q: What cities can I fly nonstop from MCO Airport?

A: MCO offers non-stop service to numerous locations in the USA. Check out our direct flights page to see where you can go!

Q: Does Orlando Airport have a smoking section?

A: Yes. The smoking areas are only permitted in designated smoking sections located in two outdoor locations: North and south end. The indoors are totally smoke-free.