Orlando Airport (MCO) Airport Guide
Orlando airport is an incredibly busy gateway in the state of Florida. Because of its proximity to such family favourites as Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World it is also the most popular car hire destination in the world. There is much to see in the Sunshine State including the Kennedy space centre. As well as being a hub for AirTran Airways it is a focus city for JetBlue Airways, Allegiant air, and Southwest Airlines.
There are two terminals of the airport terminal A and terminal B. Orlando airport is the second busiest airport in Florida after Miami. There are three other airports which serve the area of Greater Orlando. Most of the passengers at Orlando airport have come from within America and only 2.7 million of them are international passengers.
Orlando airport got its airport code MCO because it used to be known as McCoy Air Force Base. Norman Wright McCoy was a USAF commander of the 321st Bombardment Wing. The airport started life as a military facility but in the 1960s it became joint public with the advent of commercial flights. Orlando airport was used a lot during the Cold War, particularly for reconnaissance missions while the Cuban Missile crisis was going on. During the 1970s and 80s Eastern Airlines was the official airline of Walt Disney World but the company is no longer running.
If you are driving to Orlando airport look for the interstate 4 or the Interstate 95. Depending on which direction you have come from there are different routes that you use to exit.
From the south, take SR417 Greeneway.
From the north take the SR436 road, known as Semoran Boulevard, or the Greeneway SR417.
From the west or the east take the Beeline Expressway SR528 which can be joined from the I 95.
|Use the following postcodes
for satellite navigation:
Gatwick North Terminal post code: RH6 0PJ
Gatwick South Terminal post code: RH6 0RN
There are plenty of hotels at Orlando airport including the Hyatt Regency which is located in the main terminal and has more than 400 rooms. This offers an excellent service for business travellers with conference and meeting rooms as well as a special secretariat service. But you can also get wireless Internet anywhere in the airport. There are computer kiosks, post offices, ATMs and bureaux de change. The lost property service can be contacted on 407 825 2111.
All toilets are wheelchair accessible. There are also lots of cafes and restaurants such as Chili's Too, Fresh Attractions Deli, Krispy Kreme and Starbucks Coffee.
If you are taking a taxi then there is one fixed-price - 35 dollars to get to downtown Orlando and 55 dollars to get to Disney World. Taxis can accommodate as many as nine people.
Because Orlando is synonymous with major theme parks you will find a huge range of souvenirs in all of the airport shops. It gives you a last chance to buy something to keep the children occupied during a long flight or to bring back gifts. There is also a central food court in the main terminal. You can get all the latest fashions from a variety of high street stores and also most of the main newspapers or magazines which are printed in America.
|Airside One and Four both have ample duty-free facilities including the Alpha Duty Free Store. The Airside Four has the largest selection of duty free products. As well as cheap alcohol and tobacco you can get all sorts of confectionery and even luxury items like watches. Taxco Sterling also has a large range of silver items.
With all leading suppliers located at the airport you wiil be spoilt for choice with Orlando Airport car hire