With more airlines resuming service and constant upgrades at our airports, it is increasingly easy to meet in Orlando.
Updated March 15, 2023
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 now, you can 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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Airline Updates at Orlando International Airport
Airlines Resuming Service to Orlando Through June 2023
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.)
- Avelo Airlines: Dubuque, IA (*)
- Breeze Airways: Akron/Canton, OH; Fayetteville, AR; Huntsville, AL; Tulsa, OK
- Southwest: Minneapolis, MN; Salt Lake City, UT
- Spirit Airlines: Denver, CO; Minneapolis, MN; Norfolk, VA
- Frontier Airlines: Nashville, TN
- Southwest: Des Moines, IA; Tulsa, OK
- Spirit Airlines: San Salvador, El Salvador
- Sun Country Airlines: Eau Claire, WI; Green Bay, WI; Madison, WI
- Avelo Airlines: Brownsville/South Padre Island, TX; Charlottesville, VA
- Frontier Airlines: Ponce, PR
- Norse Atlantic Airways: London/Gatwick, England
- Spirit Airlines: Los Angeles, CA: Phoenix, AZ
- Avianca: Medellin, Colombia
- Azul: Recife, Brazil
- Bahamasair: Freeport, Bahamas
- Southwest: Cincinnati, OH; Jackson, MS
- Virgin Atlantic: Edinburgh, Scotland
(*) — Dependent on Dubuque receiving TSA certification. Service currently operates to Cedar Rapids, IA, while awaiting certification.
MCO’s Terminal C Now Open
Orlando International Airport has announced that its long-awaited Terminal C, aka the South Terminal Complex, officially opened in September 2022, with eight international airlines.
In addition to new shops, restaurants and lounge facilities, the project adds 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 you’re 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.
On-Site TSA PreCheck Enrollment Now Available at MCO
In partnership with IDEMIA, a global identity leader and longtime authorized TSA PreCheck enrollment provider, Orlando International Airport now provides a convenient, no-appointment TSA PreCheck enrollment option that travelers can use before departing. It takes five minutes or less and most passengers will receive their Known Traveler Number within three to five days.
IDEMIA TSA PreCheck Enrollment Ambassadors can be found in front of the security checkpoint for Gates 1-59, located on the South Walk side. The service is available Monday through Friday from 5 – 11 a.m. As an added benefit, travelers who apply on-site will have access to the reserved line at the security checkpoint for their departure on the day they complete their TSA PreCheck application.
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 Airlines is now 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. The airline’s MCO service will initially consist of three weekly flights.
This popular airline isn’t just providing service to Orlando. They’re also 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.
To call, text or video-chat live with an agent, just scan the QR codes displayed on signage throughout United’s hub airports to access “Agent on Demand.” From there, you can get answers to any questions you might ask at the gate, including queries about seat assignments, upgrades, flight status and more. It’s also multilingual thanks to the service’s translation functionality.
COVID-19 Vaccination & Test Requirements
Non-citizen, non-immigrant air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated 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. Children under 18 are excepted from the vaccination requirement for foreign national travelers.
Safety Enhancements at Orlando Airports
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. 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 2025
Starting May 7, 2025, 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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