With more airlines resuming service and constant upgrades at our airports, it is increasingly easy to meet in Orlando.

Updated May 24, 2022

If your organization is ready to travel for business again or already doing it, you’ll be glad to know that many of the biggest airlines have resumed service to Orlando or are scheduled to do so in the near future. What’s more, upgrades at Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) continue to improve our already impressive airlift, all while keeping safety front and center. And if your group is arriving starting Sept. 19, 2022, you will be among the first passengers in the world to experience MCO’s all-new, state-of-the-art Terminal C, aka the South Terminal Complex. We look forward to hosting you again soon.

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Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified. Learn more about healthy business travel in Orlando, and check with your preferred businesses for their current status.

Airline Updates at Orlando International Airport

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Hyatt Regency at Orlando International Airport

Airlines Resuming Domestic Service to Orlando Through September 2022

If your organization has been waiting on your preferred airline to resume service to Orlando, check this list. You can also view Orlando International Airport’s latest flight updates at OrlandoAirports.net. (Please note that all scheduled flights are subject to change.)

June 2022

  • Avelo Airlines: Baltimore, MD
  • Bahamasair: Freeport, Bahamas
  • Breeze Airways: Charleston, SC
  • Frontier Airlines: Ontario, CA
  • Southwest: Aruba, Netherlands Antilles; Cincinnati, OH
  • Virgin Atlantic: Belfast, Northern Ireland

July 2022

  • Avelo Airlines: Wilmington, NC
  • Caribbean Airlines: Kingston, Jamaica
  • Norse Atlantic Airways: Oslo, Norway

August 2022

  • Spirit Airlines: Miami, FL

September 2022

  • Icelandair: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • JetBlue: Nassau, Bahamas; Syracuse, NY
  • Spirit Airlines: Cartagena, Colombia; Minneapolis, MN; Montego Bay, Jamaica

(*) – Subject to government approval.

Orlando International Airport south terminal rendering
Artist Rendering of South Terminal Complex (Terminal C) at Orlando International Airport

MCO’s Terminal C Opening in September 2022

Orlando International Airport has announced that its long-awaited Terminal C, aka the South Terminal Complex, will officially open on Sept. 19, 2022, with eight international airlines, followed by JetBlue on Sept. 26 and Hawaiian Airlines on Sept. 28.

In addition to new shops, restaurants and lounge facilities, the project will add 15 gates and high-tech features such as interactive digital media, a state-of-the-art radio frequency baggage system, and the Train Station, which is designed to accommodate up to three train systems including the forthcoming Brightline high-speed rail with service to Miami.

MCO advises that if your organization is planning to travel in late September, to please double-check your airline’s location to make sure you are checking in at the correct terminal. Please also note that you may arrive back at a different terminal than that from which you departed, if your airline relocates while you are on your trip.

Avelo Airlines

Avelo Airlines has selected Orlando International Airport as its third base, joining its other bases at Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN). As a result, Avelo expects to serve at least 10 nonstop destinations from MCO by the end of 2022, including Charleston International Airport (CHS) starting June 30, seasonal service to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) between June 30 and Sept. 6, and Wilmington International Airport (ILM) starting July 1. These routes will join Avelo’s current servicing of HVN from MCO.

Breeze Airways

Starting June 23, 2022, Breeze Airlines will begin providing service from Orlando International Airport to Charleston, SC (CHS), marking the airline’s first route at MCO.

Norse Atlantic Airways

Norse Atlantic Airways has opened ticket sales for flights between Norway and the U.S., including service to MCO beginning July 5, 2022. The airline’s MCO service will initially consist of three weekly flights.

United Airlines

This popular airline is giving passengers access to virtual, on-demand customer service at their hubs, resulting in an easy, contact-free way to get real-time information and support. Just scan the QR codes displayed on signage throughout United’s hub airports, including MCO, to call, text or video-chat live with a representative via “Agent on Demand.” They can provide answers to any questions you might have, including queries about seat assignments, upgrades, flight status and more. It’s also multilingual thanks to the service’s translation functionality.

Hawaiian Airlines

This airline is now offering two weekly flights between Honolulu and Orlando International Airport, making the latter the only airport in Florida to offer direct access to and from the Aloha State.

COVID-19 Vaccination & Test Requirements

An airplane preparing for takeoff at Orlando International Airport
Orlando International Airport

Non-citizen, non-immigrant air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the U.S., with only limited exceptions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that for purposes of travel to the U.S., vaccines accepted will include FDA-approved and World Health Organization emergency use-listed vaccines. Fully vaccinated foreign nationals will additionally need to produce a negative viral test result with an acceptable testing method within one day of travel to the U.S. Acceptable testing methods include an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).

Additionally, fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents will need to produce a negative viral test result with an acceptable testing method within one day of travel to the United States. Unvaccinated U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents will have to produce documentation of a negative test with an acceptable testing method within one day of departure.

Children under 18 are excepted from the vaccination requirement for foreign national travelers. However, children between the ages of 2 and 17 are required to take a pre-departure test with an acceptable testing method. Whether an unvaccinated child is with a fully vaccinated adult, unvaccinated adults or traveling alone, the child will have to test within one day of departure.

Ongoing Enhancements at Orlando Airports

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Orlando International Airport

See how Orlando's airports are making it easier and more enjoyable than ever to travel to Orlando for business or pleasure.

Upcoming Improvements

Already ranked as one of J.D. Power & Associates’ top mega airports in the U.S. in terms of customer satisfaction, Orlando International Airport is adding a new South Terminal Complex (STC) that is expected to open in 2022 and is the cornerstone of MCO’s $3.82 billion Capital Improvement Program.

Once the STC is complete, the airport will gain 15 new gates capable of accommodating up to 20 aircraft simultaneously, including narrow-body, jumbo and super-jumbo jets, allowing for an additional 10-12 million annual passengers. The terminal’s first Passenger Boarding Bridges (PBBs) were installed in May 2021, providing a clear sign that preparations are moving toward completion.

Designed as the world’s first LEEDv4 airport campus, the STC will also benefit from numerous technological and customer-convenience features. Travelers can look forward to:

  • 100% automated screening lanes at the TSA checkpoint;
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-enabled Tote Baggage Handling System for efficient tracking and expedited checked-baggage delivery;
  • Early Bag Storage robotic system with 1,800-bag capacity, making MCO the only airport in the world to deploy the full system;
  • Virtual Ramp Control system for airline aircraft operations; and,
  • Large-scale interactive digital media displays providing immersive, high-definition visual experiences.

Regarding the STC’s innovative baggage-handling system, the most noticeable elements will be the revolving carousels, which, unlike other airports, will be located on the same level that passengers deplane, with bags literally rising up to meet their owners. In addition to heightened convenience and a striking visual effect, the baggage-handling area’s skylight canopies and floor-to-ceiling windows will provide a pleasing welcome to Central Florida.

Offering more vertical circulation than a traditional conveyer-belt system, the STC’s RFID-enabled tote system will be the key to transporting baggage from the ground to top levels. Other benefits provided by the tote system will include significant noise reduction compared to a traditional system, the ability to run at over 99% up time, the near-complete elimination of baggage jams, and the ability to reroute totes and baggage around areas closed for maintenance.

MCO is also set to become the country’s first airport to be served by intercity rail with the anticipated arrival of Brightline high-speed rail in 2022. This will enable the 3-story South Terminal to offer seamless integration of air, ground and rail transportation, thanks to its adjacent positioning to the South Airport Automated People Mover (APM) Complex and Intermodal Terminal Facility.

Meanwhile, Orlando Sanford International Airport’s $65 million expansion and renovation project is nearly complete. In addition to adding a bigger and brighter ticketing hall, the upgrades include options for curbside check-in and extended canopies over external doors. SFB is located about 35 minutes north of Orlando’s main convention district.

Safety Enhancements

Orlando International Airport has long been committed to the safety of passengers and employees. It’s why MCO and its onsite Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport worked hard to earn the Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s (GBAC) Star Accreditation — the gold standard of safe venues, and two of many Orlando facilities to earn the distinction (including the Orange County Convention Center).

Our primary airport has also developed an enhanced cleaning schedule and implemented updated security procedures from the TSA, while requiring that all 22,000 badged airport employees wear facial coverings inside airport public areas. And thanks to MCO’s personal protective equipment (PPE) vending machines, travelers have fast access to a variety of face masks, hand sanitizers and similar equipment.

Orlando Sanford International Airport is similarly partnering with government officials and the CDC to help protect you. As a result, Orlando continues to be one of the nation’s safest destinations for air travel.

REAL ID Coming in 2023

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Starting May 3, 2023, anyone planning on flying to Orlando for business or pleasure will need to secure REAL ID-compliant identification prior to departure.

Passed in 2005, the REAL ID Act will require a REAL ID-compliant card issued by a state’s driver’s-licensing agency or an acceptable alternative for all domestic U.S. travelers ages 18 and up who wish to fly on commercial aircraft. Acceptable alternatives will include Enhanced Driver’s Licenses (EDLs) issued by Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Washington, as well as U.S. passports.

Most states have already begun issuing REAL ID-compliant identification for new cards and renewals. Depending on your state of residency, REAL ID cards will display a gold star, a black star, a gold circle with white star, a black circle with white star, or (in California only) a gold bear with white star.

If you or your meeting attendees haven’t started the process to get your REAL ID or acceptable alternative yet, start soon — we would hate for anyone to miss the chance to meet in Orlando!

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