According to the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando International Airport had only 2,597 passengers yesterday, that was 96.6% less than the April 6, 2019. This number was based on the figures provided by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screenings.
If you’ve been to the Orlando International Airport on a normal day you’ve seen the amount of people that are there. It’s always incredibly busy. MCO is ranked as the 10th-busiest airport, handling 50 million passengers annually.
TSA at the airport had recently gotten an overhaul and it did seem to make it easier to get through, but now I’m sure, it’s incredibly easy to get through with all the cancelled flights and “Stay-at-home” orders around the country.
Right now the Orlando Sentinel says there were 573 flights scheduled on April 7th and that was down because there were another 230 flights cancelled.
Of 573 flights scheduled for Tuesday, which is nearly half of the daily volume prior to when the coronavirus began to take a toll, 230 flights were canceled.
Now the airport is taking a financial hit as well:
“Orlando International’s economic impact in 2017 was $41 billion, eclipsing the next in line, Miami International Airport, with an impact of $33 billion.
Not receiving any tax revenue, the airport pays its bills for operations and construction with fees and lease revenues from airlines, restaurants, rental cars, taxis and airline tickets.
The airport’s operator, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, is scheduled for a board meeting next week to discuss options for the airport’s distressed finances, spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell said.
The authority has not cut hours or furloughed any of the nearly 800 workers at the airport, Fennell said.”
We will post any updates that we see, hopefully there won’t be more furloughs, but some things could change after the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority meeting.
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Source: Orlando Sentinel