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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

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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

Website: orlandoairports.net


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

Orlando Airport Q&A

MCO is the 3 letter designation for the Orlando International Airport. MCO is named for the old McCoy Air Force Base that operated there.
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.
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.
Orlando Airport zip code is 32827.
MCO offers non-stop service to numerous locations in the USCheck out our direct flights page to see where you can go!.
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.

Traveler Help

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How do I get from Terminal A to Terminal B (walking)?

By Glenn - Saturday, 2 October, 2021, 5:26 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

Walk towards walkway between Gates 1 and 20, at end of walkway exit past security, walk through Main Terminal, go through other security checkpoint on other side of Main Terminal and take walkway on left towards Airside 2. Approx. 24 minutes. 

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Is Frontier Airlines gate in Airside 3?

By Larry - Monday, 4 October, 2021, 5:16 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

Frontier Airlines is located in Airside A, Gates 1-29. 

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Can you drive from terminal a level 2 to terminal b, level 2? Need to pick up 2 different people at baggage claim, 1 at terminal a and one at terminal b.

By Norah Berchtold - Wednesday, 6 October, 2021, 4:53 AM

Answered By: iFly Staff

Yes, this is possible. You just make the pickup, then follow signs to exit the airport, then return to the airport (it has a loop) and follow signs to the other terminal. You will need to allow 5-10 minutes depending on traffic conditions.

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is there a duty free at the airport? If so where is it?

By Todd Slanker - Thursday, 7 October, 2021, 3:19 PM

Answered By: MCO Airport Staff

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Where is Goport bus terminal at Orlando Airport?

By Carl Dean Monroe III - Saturday, 9 October, 2021, 2:17 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

Go Port is located inside of Terminal A - Level 1, near to the car rentals area.  Go Port staff are on site to help you check in for the trip to Port Canaveral. Have a good trip!

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How long when walking to get from Terminal B ground transportation to Terminal A ground transportation?

By Francine C - Friday, 15 October, 2021, 10:50 AM

Answered By: MCO Airport Staff

If you're in Terminal B, Level 1 in our airport, just take the elevator up to Level 3 and walk across to the opposite side of where you are. Terminal A and B are across from each other however, they only connect in Level 3. Once you're in Terminal A, you can take the elevator down to ground transportation-A side (Level 1). This can take you approximately 5 minutes or so less. If you need any further assistance, just ask any our our airport staffs, they can direct you. Hope this helps.

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What terminal does Spirit Air use at Orlando Airport?

By CHERYL DUBOIS - Sunday, 17 October, 2021, 3:46 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

Spirit Airlines uses Terminal B at MCO. 

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With the recent vaccine mandate, has it effected TSA wait times? How long will it take at 8 tonight?

By Gary L Bachanov - Monday, 18 October, 2021, 8:22 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

Note that the only mandate in airports on on aircraft is to wear a mask. Travel volume is now close to pre-pandemic levels in most US Airports, including MCO. It is advised that you arrive 2 hours before your flight especially at peak times. You can also check out CLEAR and get 2 free months...that will buy you a lot of time. 

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How long should I expect the walk from gate 56 to the Global Entry Office which is near the Lost & Found?

By Steven Berger - Tuesday, 19 October, 2021, 4:02 PM

Answered By: MCO Airport Staff

From Gate 56 to the Global Entry office is a total of 1326 feet equal to 0.25 miles. Counting the 1 minute APM ride from the gate area to the Main Terminal, you should get there in about 7 minutes. Please remember that you will be exiting a secure area of the airport, so if you need to catch another flight after, you would need to go through the security once again.

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Spirit is recommending arriving 3 hours early tomorrow morning, does that sound reasonable, I've never heard of 3 hours at Orlando?

By Phil - Wednesday, 27 October, 2021, 10:18 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

Orlando Airport can be a mob scene in early morning hours, depending on the day of the week...so 3 hours will guarantee you will have a stress free experience. That said, if you have TSA Pre that can help, and better yet, CLEAR. 

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Where is the cell phone lot at MCO?

By Gary - Thursday, 28 October, 2021, 2:30 AM

Answered By: iFly Staff

Which one? There are two cell phone lots, one on the north side and one on the south. The North Cell Phone Lot is at 8730 Jeff Fuqua Blvd N. Exit right off Jeff Fuqua Blvd. onto Cargo Road then turn right onto the north exit road ramp. The South Cell Phone Lot address is 10546 Jeff Fuqua Blvd. S, across from the South APM Station/Garage “C”, near the South Travel Plaza. 

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How do I make an appointment to get Clear?

By JUDITH BOCK - Sunday, 31 October, 2021, 6:47 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

You don't need an appointment to enroll, however, you need to sign up online and then appear at the Orlando Airport Clear lanes to complete the process. You can get 2 months of CLEAR free using this link. 

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I am picking up two people on Monday. One arrives on JetBlue and the other on Spirt. It appears there are 'two' terminals. Will they exit to be picked up at two different places?

By Robert Schiffner - Tuesday, 2 November, 2021, 1:40 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

Jetblue uses Terminal A and Spirit uses Terminal B. The good news is that it is not difficult to get from one terminal to the other, it takes about 5 minutes depending on airport traffic at the time of your pickup. We always suggest you track the flights so you have confirmation of their gate information. 

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What are the average ATM Fees?

By Sally - Tuesday, 2 November, 2021, 7:55 PM

Answered By: iFly Staff

As there are different banks located in the airport, the fees will vary. Typically they are in the $2 to $3 range for cash withdrawals. 

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Hello we are flying into Orlando airport on Saturday 12th of NovemberOur flight from St. Louis is supposed to arrive at 9:30 in our flight going to Montego Bay Jamaica is supposed to leave at 10:30 can you tell me if we would be in the same terminal Airside a for the plane change change

By Annie - Monday, 8 November, 2021, 10:22 PM

Answered By: MCO Airport Staff

Thanks for reaching out to us. We suggest that you confirm with your airline regarding the gate number that you will be arriving in and the gate that you will be departing from. In case of any irregularities, we also suggest that you confirm this information the day before and the day of your arrival for more accurate information. 

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