Orlando is one of the busiest international hubs not only in the U.S. but
the entire world. Serving as the gateway to Central Florida and the Disney
parks, the airport is seeing a surge of new investments lately as demand
increases. In fact, its post-Covid rebound has been so surprising it is even
opening a brand new high-tech terminal this week. In 2022, Orlando
International again claimed the number one spot in Florida for tourist arrivals,
totaling 47 million passengers during the 12-month rolling period up until June.
Back in 2019, figures were only moderately higher at 50.6 million, proving
Orlando is recovering much quicker than expected. Now, its highly-anticipated
Terminal C is inaugurating, and travel is about to get a lot smoother: After five
years of construction, Orlando’s new terminal officially welcomed its first
passengers on September 25. The 300-acre expansion includes 15 extra gates
that are able to receive as many as 20 aircraft and help ease pressure on other
terminals. As we have reported extensively over summer, flight disruption has
been a primary concern for American passengers. This has been led by a
widespread worker shortage across the industry amid a travel boom, but luckily
for Orlando, Terminal C will both tackle congestion heading into the fall and winter
seasons as well as accommodate a further ten to 12 million passengers every year.
Based on these estimates, we can expect an increase in flights to Florida.