Hotels Near MCO, Travel Tips, Wi-Fi, Dining Information and More

January 3, 2023


Located six miles southeast of the downtown area, Orlando International Airport (MCO), handled 50,613,072 passengers in 2019, making it the busiest airport in the state of Florida and the tenth busiest airport in the United States. At 13,302 acres, MCO is one of the largest commercial airports by land area in the US. The airport is also a major international gateway for the mid-Florida region, with over 730 daily flights on 36 airlines.

In the early 1960s, when jet airline flights came to Orlando, the airport became a joint civil-military facility. The code ‘MCO’ refers to the airport's former name, McCoy Air Force Base.

MCO’s main terminal building is divided into two terminals. The airport serves as a hub for Silver Airways and a focus city for Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, and Spirit. Southwest carries the most passengers through MCO. Other carriers flying through MCO include Aer Lingus, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Aeromexico Connect, Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, Air Transat, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Avianca, Azul Brazilian Airlines, Bahamasair, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Edelweiss Air, El Al, Emirates, Eurowings, Gol Transportes Aéreos, Hawaiian Airlines, Icelandair, Interjet, LATAM Brasil, LATAM Peru, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Sun Country Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, Swoop, United Airlines, United Express, Virgin Atlantic, Viva Air Colombia, Volaris and WestJet.


MCO has several dining and shopping options that offer local fare, American classics, and global cuisine. 

Visit MCO’s handy app that includes an airport guide with a full list of services and amenities. 

 Frequent flyers can visit the Delta Sky Club between gates 70-99, the United Club between gates 30-59, and the Admiral’s Club between gates 30-59. 


With a convenient location at 5500 Hazeltine National Drive, The Parking Spot provides travelers the best, most convenient and most cost-effective parking option. On average, parking with The Parking Spot is up to 40% less expensive than parking at the airport. The TPS lot is mere minutes from MCO, and offers complimentary door-to-door shuttle service.

  • Access to the lowest rates via reservation and pre-pay on The Parking Spot app or
  • 24/7 on-call shuttle service
  • Shuttle tracking through The Parking Spot app
  • Luggage assistance
  • Free bottled water
  • Short and long-term parking options
  • Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Express check-in and check-out through The Parking Spot app
  • Premium parking option



Universal Studios (6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819) - “Ride the movies” at this theme park celebrating the best of action, adventure, and fantasy in the TV and film industry. (16.9 miles from MCO) 

Walt Disney World (Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL 32830) - This iconic entertainment destination, located in Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, is the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an average annual attendance of more than 52 million. This flagship destination is Disney's worldwide corporate enterprise and primary tourist attraction. (17 miles from MCO) 

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlet (8200 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821) - Shop 'til you drop at this outdoor outlet mall featuring clothing, shoe, and accessory shops from high-end designers. (18.9 miles from MCO) 

Orlando Airport FAQs

Q. Does MCO airport ever close?
A. The MCO airport serves travelers 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Q. Is MCO an international airport?
A. MCO is an international airport that serves the greater Orlando area.

Q. Where is MCO airport?
A. MCO airport is located about six miles southeast of downtown Orlando.

Q. What time does MCO airport open?
A. The airport is open 24 hours a day. Each airline sets its own hours of operation based on flight schedules.

Q. How far is MCO from Disney World?
A. MCO is about 17 miles from Disney World.

Q. What airlines fly to MCO?
A. There are a number of airlines that offer service to Orlando. Major airlines include Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic.

Q. Is there a nursing area for moms inside MCO?
A. There are nursing pods available on the B-Side of the airport on Level 2.

Q. Is there a kid-friendly or play area inside MCO?
A. While there are no designated play areas inside MCO, there are Disney, SeaWorld and Universal stores designed to be kid-safe and friendly.

Q. How many passengers travel through MCO every year?
A. In 2021, not quite 20 million passengers a year passed through MCO

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