Orlando International Airport (OIA) recently experienced its busiest day in history, recording a total of 95,287 departing passengers on Saturday, March 11, airport officials announced. This is nearly 5,000 more passengers than the previous record set back in 2019, and it is a sign of the rebounding travel industry and the growing popularity of Central Florida as a top tourist destination.
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In fact, four of the highest outgoing traffic totals in airport history have come during the early days of this year’s spring break travel season, which began on March 4. Since the start of the new year, OIA has logged eight of the 10 busiest days in airport history, indicating that the local economy is poised for growth and that the travel industry is bouncing back.
To keep up with the increased demand, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority has approved a series of customer convenience measures, including offering a shuttle service from Terminal C to Terminals A and B for rental car customers. The authority also extended an agreement with Mears Destination Services until May 31, which has helped alleviate congestion and streamline transportation for passengers.
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The success of OIA in attracting a record number of guests is a testament to the popularity of Central Florida as a world-class destination and the efforts of airport staff to deliver the highest level of customer service. This achievement also underscores the importance of the travel and tourism industry to the local economy. The industry supports thousands of jobs and generates billions of dollars in economic activity each year, contributing significantly to the region’s prosperity.
Kevin Thibault, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, said, “We expected and prepared for the historic levels of passenger traffic we are seeing this Spring Break season. Our success in attracting a record number of guests is a testament to the popularity of our world-class destination and the efforts of airport staff to deliver the highest level of customer service.”
Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the travel industry is rebounding as more and more people feel comfortable taking trips. This is great news for Orlando International Airport, which is one of the busiest airports in the United States and a major gateway for visitors to the Orlando theme parks and other popular destinations in Central Florida. With the recent record-breaking day and the ongoing surge in passenger traffic, OIA is poised to play an even more significant role in the region’s economic growth and prosperity in the coming years.
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