The major Orlando airports handle millions of passengers each year. The Orlando area is a major travel destination because of the weather, theme parks, attractions, arts and culture, and outdoor adventures. Travellers can get to Orlando via five airports that offer domestic and international flights, but the vast majority of flights from the UK into Orlando will arrive at one of the two major international airports; Orlando International Airport (MCO) or Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB).
Orlando Airports – Orlando International (MCO)
Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the the largest of the Orlando airports and handles 35 million passengers annually. There are 42 airlines — 32 scheduled, five chartered and five cargo — that use the airport to fly to 74 U.S. destinations and 17 international destinations. The airport’s top domestic markets are New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, and international markets are the United Kingdom, Mexico and Panama.
The airport’s facilities are the third largest in the U.S., covering 23 square miles. Airline travellers have access to more than 100 retail, food and beverage outlets, as well as banks, hair salons, free Wi-Fi and a post office. A 445-room hotel is on the premises. There are 9,300 terminal parking spaces, which are free for the first 40 minutes. The airport, abbreviated MCO, is around 20-minutes drive from the major tourist areas; Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and International Drive.
Orlando Airports – Orlando Sanford (SFB)
Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) is smaller than Orlando International Airport (MCO) and is situated to the north of Orlando, so a slightly further distance from the main tourist areas (around one hour’s drive instead of 20-30 minutes).
Terminal A and terminal B handle about 1.2 million domestic and 500,000 international passengers a year. The terminals offer retail shopping, restaurant dining, a food court and beverage service. Travellers park in a covered parking garage; there is free shuttle service to surface parking lots.
The other three Orlando airports are:
- Melbourne International Airport
- Daytona Beach International Airport
- Orlando Executive Airport