Orlando International Airport Guide

Posted on: January 1st, 2018


Serving over 43 million passengers annually, Orlando’s International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country. Being the 13th-busiest airport in the U.S. this past year, lines to check baggage are longer than you are probably accustomed to, with TSA lines being even longer. Ensure a smooth and stress-free travel experience by using these tips and tricks to help you navigate through the terminals with ease:



1. Make sure to check in 24 hours before your flight.


2. Look at the airport map before heading to the airport to familiarize yourself with the layout of the terminals and concourses. 



For the best in-terminal navigation experience download the Orlando MCO Airport App.





3. Give yourself plenty of time.

Generally, TSA lines at the Orlando airport can be anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. Be especially conscious of wait times if flying during peak seasons and popular hours to ensure you don’t miss your flight. TSA will not move you forward in line because you didn’t give yourself ample time to get through security. 


4. Download your airlines app to remain up to date with frequently changing flight information.

This tip will prevent wasted time and save you a lot of stress. With a heavy traffic airport like Orlando (MCO), it is not uncommon for your gate number to get changed. Having the app on your phone so you will get instant notification of any major changes to your flight, from delays to gate changes, will help ensure you have a smooth and stress-free airport experience.


5. Be checkpoint savvy.

The busiest times for both major checkpoint areas are between 6 to 8 a.m.; 10:30 a.m. to noon; and 5 to 7 p.m. Weekends are the busiest, with Tuesdays and Wednesdays being the lightest travel days.

Terminals A and B are not connected and have separate checkpoints and security lines. Be extra careful to ensure you go through the correct TSA checkpoint. If you go through the incorrect terminal checkpoint, you will be required to go through security a second time at your correct checkpoint, which could cause you to miss your flight. 


6. Prepare for weather delays.

Orlando’s rainy season is between May and September, so if you are visiting during these months, expect daily afternoon thunderstorms. August through late October is hurricane season, which can bring high winds and heavy rains. Weather delays are not uncommon at the Orlando airport during this time. Plan that if you are flying during these months, you may find yourself with delayed flights depending on the severity of the storm and winds. 


Bonus tidbits

  1. Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport terminals. There are 18 charging stations airside, and seating areas with power outlets in the main and airside terminals.