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Orlando International Airport (IATA: MCO, ICAO: KMCO, FAA LID: MCO) is a major public airport located 6 miles (10 km) southeast of Downtown Orlando, Florida. In 2019, it handled 50,613,072 passengers, making it the busiest airport in the state and tenth busiest airport in the United States. The airport code MCO stands for the airport's former name, McCoy Air Force Base, a Strategic Air Command (SAC) installation, that was closed in 1975 as part of a general military drawdown following the end of the Vietnam War.

The airport serves as a hub for Silver Airways, an operating base for JetBlue, Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines, as well as a focus city for Frontier Airlines. Southwest is the airport's largest carrier by passengers carried. The airport is also a major international gateway for the mid-Florida region, with over 850 daily flights on 44 airlines. The airport also serves 135 domestic and international destinations. At 12,600 acres (5,100 ha), MCO is one of the largest commercial airports in terms of land area in the United States. In addition, the airport is home to a maintenance base for United Airlines.

History[edit]


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Military years[edit]

See also: McCoy Air Force Base

The airfield was originally constructed as a U.S. Army Air Forces facility and military operations began in 1942 as Orlando Army Air Field #2, an auxiliary airfield to Orlando Army Air Base, now known as Orlando Executive Airport. Orlando Army Air Field #2 was renamed Pinecastle Army Airfield in January 1943. At the end of World War II, Pinecastle was briefly used for unpowered glide tests of the Bell X-1 from B-29 aircraft before the program moved to Muroc Army Airfield in California– now Edwards AFB – for the world's first supersonic flight. With the establishment of an independent U.S. Air Force in 1947, the airfield was briefly placed in caretaker status, until being reactivated during the Korean War as a Strategic Air Command (SAC) facility for B-47 Stratojets and KC-97 Stratofreighters and renamed Pinecastle AFB.

In the 1950s, the base began hosting SAC's annual Bombing and Navigation Competition. A B-47 Stratojet crashed during the 1958 competition, killing Colonel Michael Norman Wright McCoy, commander of the 321st Bombardment Wing, which was the host wing for Pinecastle AFB. The following year the base was renamed for McCoy. The base later was home to the 306th Bombardment Wing operating the B-52 Stratofortress and the KC-135 Stratotanker. It was also used by EC-121 Warning Star early warning aircraft of the 966th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron, a tenant unit at McCoy assigned to the Aerospace Defense Command.

During the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, McCoy AFB became a temporary forward operating base for more than 120 F-100 Super Sabre and F-105 Thunderchief fighter bombers and the primary base for U-2 reconnaissance aircraft flying over Cuba. One of these U-2s was shot down by Soviet-operated SA-2 Guideline surface-to-air missiles near Banes, Cuba. Its pilot, Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr., USAF, was the crisis' only combat death. Following the crisis, McCoy AFB hosted a permanent U-2 operating detachment of the 100th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing until 1973.

McCoy AFB was identified for closure in early 1973 as part of a post-Vietnam reduction in force. The following year, McCoy's 306th Bombardment Wing was inactivated, its B-52D Stratofortress and KC-135A Stratotanker aircraft reassigned to other SAC units and most of the McCoy AFB facility turned over to the city of Orlando by the General Services Administration (GSA) in late 1974 and early and mid 1975. USAF responsibility for the airfield's air traffic control tower was turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the airport established its own crash, fire and rescue department, initially utilizing equipment transferred by the GSA.

Civil-military years[edit]

In the early 1960s, when jet airline flights came to Orlando, the installation became a joint civil-military facility.

Early jetliners such as the Boeing 707, Boeing 720, Douglas DC-8 and Convair 880 required longer and sturdier runways than the ones at Herndon Airport (now Orlando Executive Airport). Nearby lakes and commercial and residential development made expansion impractical, so an agreement was reached between the City of Orlando and the United States Air Force in 1962 to use McCoy AFB under a joint arrangement. The military offered a large AGM-28 Hound Dog missile maintenance hangar and its associated flight line ramp area in the northeast corner of the field for conversion into a civil air terminal. The city would then cover the cost of building a replacement missile maintenance hangar on the main base's western flight line. The new civil facility would be known as the Orlando Jetport at McCoy and would operate alongside McCoy AFB. This agreement became a model for other joint civil-military airports in operation today.

Airline flights to the Orlando Jetport began shortly after an agreement was signed by the city and USAF in October 1961. Over the next few years airline flights shifted from the old Herndon Airport (renamed in 1982 as the Orlando Executive Airport (IATA: ORL, ICAO: KORL, FAA LID: ORL)). In 1971 scheduled airlines were Delta Air Lines, Eastern Air Lines, National Airlines and Southern Airways.[citation needed]

When McCoy AFB closed in 1975, part of the facility stayed under military control to support Naval Training Center Orlando and several tenant commands.

There are only a few enclaves on the original McCoy AFB site that the military still uses such as the 164th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from the Florida Army National Guard in the former McCoy AFB Officers Club complex, an Army Reserve intelligence unit in the former SAC Alert Facility, the 1st Lieutenant David R. Wilson Armed Forces Reserve Center supporting multiple units of the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve that was constructed in 2002, and a large Navy Exchange for active, reserve and retired military personnel and their dependents.

Civil years[edit][]


Two Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200s parked at MCO In 1975, the final Air Force contingent departed McCoy AFB and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) was established as a state-chartered local governmental agency and an enterprise fund of the city of Orlando. GOAA's mission was to operate, manage and oversee construction of expansions and improvements to both the Orlando International Airport and the Orlando Executive Airport. The airport gained its current name and international airport status a year later in 1976, but retained its old IATA airport code MCO and ICAO airport code KMCO.

The airport became a U.S. Customs Service Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) in 1978, said zone being designated as FTZ #42.[citation needed] In 1979, the facility was also designated as a large hub airport by the FAA based on flight operations and passenger traffic.

In 1978, construction of the current Landside Terminal and Airsides 1 and 3 began, opening in 1981. In 1983 a small chapel was opened memorializing Michael Galvin who died during the construction of the airport's expansion. The original International Concourse was housed in Airside 1 and opened in 1984. Funding to commence developing the east side of the airport was bonded in 1986, with Runway 17/35 (now 17R/35L) completed in 1989. Airside 4 opened in 1990 and also contains an International Concourse for the processing of international flights. Airside 2, which filled out what will become known as the North Terminal complex, was completed in 2000, with the last additional gates added in 2006. Runway 17L/35R was opened in 2003, providing the airport with a total of four runways.

In 1978, the airport handled 5 million passengers. By 2018, that number had risen to 47 million. Today it covers 51 square kilometers (19.7 sq mi) and is the fifth-largest airport in the United States by land area after Denver International Airport which covers 136 square kilometers (52.4 sq mi), Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport which covers 70 square kilometers (26.9 sq mi), Southwest Florida International Airport which covers 55 square kilometers (21.2 sq mi), and Washington Dulles International Airport which covers 53 square kilometers (20.3 sq mi). MCO has North America's fourth tallest control tower at 345 feet, replacing two earlier Air Force and FAA control towers.

Orlando was a designated Space Shuttle emergency landing site. The west-side runways, Runway 18L/36R and Runway 18R/36L, were designed for B-52 Stratofortress bombers and due to their proximity to NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, were an obvious choice for an emergency landing should an emergency return to launch site (RTLS) attempt to land at KSC have fallen short. The runway was also an emergency divert site for NASA's Boeing 747 Shuttle Transport Aircraft when relocating orbiters from either west coast modification work or divert recoveries at Edwards AFB, California or the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

Eastern Air Lines used Orlando as a hub during the 1970s and early 1980s, and became "the official airline of Walt Disney World." Following Eastern's demise, Delta Air Lines assumed this role, although it later pulled much of its large aircraft hub operations from Orlando and focused its service there on regional jet flights, before pulling down the hub entirely in the mid-2000's.

On February 22, 2005, the airport became the first airport in Florida to accept E-Pass and Sun Pass toll transponders as a form of payment for parking. The system allows drivers to enter and exit a parking garage without pulling a ticket or stopping to pay the parking fee. The two toll roads that serve the airport, SR 528 (Beachline Expressway) and SR 417 (Central Florida Greenway), use these systems for automatic toll collection.

The original terminal building, a converted hangar, was described as inadequate for the task at hand even when it was first opened as Orlando Jetport. After its closure in 1981, it passed through several tenants, the last of which was UPS. It was demolished in May 2006.

On February 1, 2010, Allegiant Air began operations at the airport. The company moved one half of its Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) schedule to Orlando to test revenue at the higher cost airport. After evaluating the routes out of Orlando, the carrier decided to consolidate and return its Orlando area operations to Sanford citing an inability to achieve a fare premium at Orlando as anticipated, passenger preference for Orlando Sanford International Airport, higher costs at Orlando than expected and a more efficient operating environment at Sanford.
The inaugural Emirates flight at Gate 84, operated with an Airbus A380 aircraft (this was one-time as the flight is operated by a Boeing 777-300ER) In March 2015, Emirates announced that they would begin daily service to the airport from Dubai International Airport beginning September 1, 2015. The airport had tried to attract Emirates for five years before the service was announced. Orlando International was the first airport in Florida served by Emirates. The airline expects three major markets for the flights: leisure and corporate travelers along with locals of Asian heritage traveling to Asia, which is well-served by the airline. Greater Orlando Aviation Association Chair Frank Kruppenbacher called the new service "without question the biggest, most significant move forward for our airport" and estimates that the local economic impact of the new service will be up to $100 million annually. The inaugural flight was made with an Airbus A380. Regularly scheduled flights operate with Boeing 777-300ERs. Gate 90 was updated in the summer of 2018 with 3 jetways to be able to properly handle the A380, 3 years after the airplane first arrived at Orlando, docking at Gate 84.

On May 18, 2016, the airport launched its own radio station, FlyMCO 105.1 HD2, an FM HD Radio subchannel of WOMX-FM. With the goal of "keeping passengers informed, entertained and aware" FlyMCO 105.1 HD2 provides quick access to up-to-date airport information, local weather, and adult contemporary / top-40 pop music. The radio station can be heard across 11 Central Florida counties (Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Volusia, Brevard, Lake, Marion, Flagler, Polk, Sumter and Putnam), and through WOMX's owner Entercom, is streamable via the Radio.com website/app outside of central Florida.

In 2017, the airport reached 44.6 million passengers, surpassing Miami International Airport to be become the busiest airport in the state of Florida.

Future[edit][]

The Orlando International Airport Intermodal Terminal is currently under construction approximately one mile due south of the main airport terminal. The new station, which is partially being funded by the Florida Department of Transportation, will serve as the Orlando station for the Brightline higher speed regional rail service to South Florida, possibly Sunrail, and a link to International Drive. The station, which will be connected to the main terminal via an automated people mover (APM) system, is mostly reusing plans from the original Florida High Speed Rail Orlando Airport station, which would have been northern terminus of the initial Orlando-Tampa route along the Interstate 4 corridor, a project that was killed. As part of the estimated $684 million price tag for the intermodal terminal complex, the airport authority is building a new 2,500 space parking garage.

A future connection to the SunRail commuter rail service is also being explored. The route to the current SunRail line would travel along an Orlando Utilities Commission rail spur, before either branching off to the intermodal station, or have an intermediate transfer point on to light rail to complete the journey to this station. Multiple options are being considered for the link to I-Drive, either an elevated maglev train system built by American Maglev Technology, connecting the airport to the Orange County Convention Center, the Florida Mall, and the Sand Lake Road SunRail station, or a light rail link running along a similar route as the maglev alternative between the airport and International Drive.
Proposed design for the South Terminal In May 2015, the Board of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) voted unanimously to approve construction of the $1.8 billion South Terminal Complex (STC), which will be located directly south of the existing terminal. The STC will be built adjacent to the South Airport Intermodal Terminal, which was completed in early 2018, and both will be connected to the existing terminal via a new Automated People Mover (APM). Phase I (which will be known as "Terminal C") will encompass approximately 300 acres (120 ha) and will include new aircraft taxiways and aprons, a 2.7-million-square-foot (250,000 m2) terminal building with 16-24 gates, and a 6-story 5,000 space parking garage. Construction of the STC began in 2017, and it is expected to be operational by 2021.

In June 2018 GOAA approved the expansion of Phase 1, known as Phase 1X, which will add another six gates to the South. The construction firms building the new South Terminal are Hensel Phelps (airside), and Turner-Kiewit Joint Venture (landside). Vanderlande Industries will be providing the new high-tech ICS baggage handling system.


Facilities[edit]


Atrium


Tramway of the Orlando International Airport People Movers


United Airlines at Gate 41 getting ready to depart to Newark Liberty International Airport

The Orlando International Airport has a hub-and-spoke layout with a large main terminal building and four airside concourses accessible via elevated people movers, with a total of 129 gates. The main terminal building is divided into two terminals; Terminal A (on the building's north side) and Terminal B (on the building's south side). There are passenger check-in and baggage claim facilities in both terminals, which also share two security checkpoints, one in the West Hall leading to Airsides 1 & 3, and another in the East Atrium, leading to Airsides 2 & 4. Unlike the similar setup used in Tampa, passengers are required to go through security before accessing the people movers.

Airsides 1 and 3, and later Airside 4, were designed by KBJ Architects, while Airside 2 was designed by Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock Architects, and Rhodes + Brito Architects. C.T. Hsu + Associates and Rhodes + Brito Architects designed renovations that were made to Airsides 1 and 3, which were completed by April 2010.

Terminal A[edit]

Terminal A consists of the northern half of the main terminal, with tramway systems to Airside 1 and Airside 2. Airlines operating check-in and baggage facilities within Terminal A generally operate out of Airside 1 and Airside 2, but that is not always the case.

Airside 1 contains gates 1–29 and houses the airport's secondary international arrivals facility (gates 20, 22-28 are capable of handling international arrivals). This concourse houses a Club at MCO. It functions as the operating base for JetBlue at MCO.

Airside 2 contains gates 100–129 and is the operating base for Southwest.

Terminal B[edit]

Terminal B consists of the southern half of the main terminal, with tramway systems to Airside 3 and Airside 4. Airlines operating check-in and baggage facilities within Terminal B generally operate out of Airside 3 and Airside 4, but that is not always the case. Airside 4 also houses the primary international arrivals concourse used by many European airlines.

Airside 3 contains gates 30–59 and is the operating base for Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines. It contains an American Airlines Admirals Club as well as a United Club.

Airside 4 contains gates 70–99 and houses the airport's primary international arrivals facility. Gates 80-87 are capable of handling international arrivals, and gates 92, 94, and 96 are nearing completion to be used as "swing" gates. Gate 90 was updated in the summer of 2018 to be able to handle the Airbus A380, having two airbridges for the lower deck (gates 90A and 90B), and one airbridge for the upper deck (gate 90C). The concourse contains a Club at MCO as well as a Delta Sky Club.

Hotel[edit]

The airport features an on-site Hyatt Regency hotel within the main terminal structure. The hotel is located on the East Atrium side of the terminal with a fourth floor lobby level and guest rooms beginning on level five and above. The airport features an expansive lobby area for guests awaiting flights, convention space, several bars, and two restaurants including a signature restaurant on the top level of the terminal building overlooking the airport facility and runways below.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines

Destinations

Refs

Aer Lingus

Dublin


Aeroméxico

Mexico City


Air Canada Rouge

Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Toronto–Pearson

Seasonal: Halifax


Air Transat

Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson

Seasonal: Halifax, Québec City


Alaska Airlines

Portland (OR), San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma


American Airlines

Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Washington–National


American Eagle

Seasonal: Austin (begins March 6, 2021), Key West


Avianca

Bogotá


Bahamasair

Nassau


British Airways

London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow (begins February 13, 2021)


Caribbean Airlines

Port of Spain

Seasonal: Kingston–Norman Manley


Copa Airlines

Panama City–Tocumen


Delta Air Lines

Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma

Seasonal: Cancún, Raleigh/Durham


Delta Connection

Miami (begins June 1, 2021)

Seasonal: Raleigh/Durham


Edelweiss Air

Zürich


Emirates

Dubai–International


Frontier Airlines

Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Cancún (begins February 11, 2021) Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Harrisburg, Hartford, Houston–Intercontinental, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Jackson (MS), Kansas City, Las Vegas, Long Island/Islip, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami (begins February 11, 2021), Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, New York–LaGuardia, Norfolk, Ontario (CA) (resumes February 11, 2021), Philadelphia, Portland (ME), Providence, Punta Cana (resumes February 11, 2021), Raleigh/Durham, San Antonio, San Juan, Santo Domingo–Las Américas (begins February 11, 2021), St. Louis, St. Thomas (begins February 19, 2021) Syracuse, Trenton, Washington–Dulles

Seasonal: Bloomington/Normal, Burlington (VT), Des Moines, Green Bay, Knoxville, Louisville, Madison, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Wilmington (DE) (resumes February 11, 2021)


Gol Transportes Aéreos

Brasília (resumes March 28, 2021)


Hawaiian Airlines

Honolulu (begins March 11, 2021)


Icelandair

Reykjavik–Keflavik


JetBlue

Aguadilla, Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Bogotá, Boston, Buffalo, Cancún, Hartford, Los Angeles, Montego Bay, Nassau, Newark, Newburgh, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Ponce, Providence, Raleigh/Durham (begins February 11, 2021), Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San José de Costa Rica, San Juan, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Syracuse, Washington–National, White Plains, Worcester



LATAM Brasil

São Paulo–Guarulhos


LATAM Perú

Lima


Lufthansa

Frankfurt


Norwegian Air Shuttle

London–Gatwick, Paris–Charles de Gaulle

Seasonal: Oslo–Gardermoen


Silver Airways

Charleston (SC), Columbia (SC), Fort Lauderdale, Huntsville, Key West, Pensacola

Seasonal: Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Marsh Harbour, North Eleuthera


Southwest Airlines

Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham (AL), Boston, Buffalo, Chicago–Midway, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas–Love, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Hartford, Houston–Hobby, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Long Island/Islip, Louisville, Manchester (NH), Memphis, Milwaukee, Montego Bay, Nashville, New Orleans, New York–LaGuardia (begins March 11, 2021), Norfolk, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Rochester (NY), San Antonio, San Diego, San Juan, St. Louis, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National

Seasonal: Grand Rapids, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Oakland, Omaha, Portland (ME), Sacramento, Salt Lake City (begins February 13, 2021), San Jose (CA)


Spirit Airlines

Aguadilla (resumes June 6 2021), Akron/Canton, Asheville, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Austin, Baltimore, Bogotá, Boston, Cancún, Cartagena, Charleston (WV), Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Guatemala City, Hartford, Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Latrobe/Pittsburgh, Medellín–JMC, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montego Bay, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, New York–LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, San José de Costa Rica, San Juan, San Pedro Sula, San Salvador , St. Thomas


Sun Country Airlines

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Seasonal: Madison


Swoop

Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson (begins February 11, 2021)


United Airlines

Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles

Seasonal: Boston, New York–LaGuardia


Virgin Atlantic

London–Heathrow (begins March 18, 2021), Manchester (UK)

Seasonal: Belfast–International, Glasgow


Volaris

Guadalajara, Mexico City


WestJet

Calgary, Halifax, St. John's, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver

Seasonal: Edmonton, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg


Cargo[edit]


Airlines

Destinations

Refs

Amerijet International

Newark, San Juan


DHL Aviation

Cincinnati, Miami


FedEx Express

Greensboro, Indianapolis, Memphis


FedEx Feeder

Tallahassee


Kalitta Air

Los Angeles


UPS Airlines

Birmingham (AL), Boston, Columbia (SC), Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Louisville, Miami, Newark, New York–JFK, Ontario (CA), Pensacola, Philadelphia, Tampa, West Palm Beach


Statistics[edit][]

Top destinations[edit][]

Busiest domestic routes from MCO(September 2019 – August 2020)
Rank Airport Passengers Airlines
1 Atlanta, Georgia 905,000 Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
2 Newark, New Jersey 675,000 Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit, United
3 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 594,000 American, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
4 San Juan, Puerto Rico 515,000 Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
5 Charlotte, North Carolina 497,000 American, Frontier, Spirit
6 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 495,000 American, Frontier, Spirit, United
7 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 469,000 American, Frontier, Spirit
8 Boston, Massachusetts 425,000 Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
9 Detroit, Michigan 422,000 Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
10 Denver, Colorado 399,000 Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, United
Busiest international routes to and from Orlando (2018)
Rank City Passengers Top carriers
1 London–Gatwick, United Kingdom 720,898 British Airways, Norwegian, Virgin Atlantic
2 Toronto, Canada 620,702 Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing, WestJet
3 São Paulo–Guarulhos, Brazil 450,738 LATAM
4 Manchester, United Kingdom 420,682 Virgin Atlantic
5 Panama City, Panama 370,270 Copa Airlines
6 Mexico City, Mexico 332,480 Aeromexico, JetBlue, Volaris
7 Montréal, Canada 198,650 Air Canada, Air Transat
8 Frankfurt, Germany 189,504 Lufthansa
9 Bogotá, Colombia 180,854 Avianca, JetBlue, Spirit
10 Montego Bay, Jamaica 137,047 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit

Airline market share[edit][]

Top Airlines at MCO (June 2019 – May 2020)
Rank Airline Passengers Percent of market share
1 Southwest Airlines 8,344,000 24.29%
2 Delta Air Lines 4,981,000 14.50%
3 Spirit Airlines 4,604,000 13.40%
4 American Airlines 4,508,000 13.12%
5 Frontier Airlines 4,016,000 11.69%

Annual traffic[edit][]

Annual traffic
Year Passengers Change from previous year
2000 30,823,509 5.6%
2001 28,253,248 8.3%
2002 26,653,672 5.7%
2003 27,319,223 2.5%
2004 31,143,388 14.0%
2005 34,128,048 8.4%
2006 34,640,451 1.5%
2007 36,480,416 5.3%
2008 35,660,742 2.3%
2009 33,693,649 5.5%
2010 34,877,899 3.5%
2011 35,356,991 1.4%
2012 35,214,430 0.4%
2013 34,973,645 0.8%
2014 35,714,091 2.7%
2015 38,727,749 8.4%
2016 41,923,399 8.0%
2017 44,611,265 6.5%
2018 47,696,627 5.1%
2019 50,613,072 6.1%
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