For the longest time, Miami International Airport held the title of busiest airport in the state of Florida, but that all changed in 2017.

Thanks to record number of tourists coming into the Central Florida region for vacations, that title has now been passed on to Orlando International Airport.

In 2017, Orlando International Airport counted almost 45 million passengers coming through the airport.

The exact number was 44,611,265 passengers. 5,912,295 were international passengers, and 38,698,970 flew domestic flights.

This is a 6% increase year over year and even more passengers are projected this year to come through Orlando International Airport with over 45 million which would set another record.

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority is investing billions in airport renovations and expansions with new ticket booths to expedite the pre-TSA process, as well as an entire new south terminal facility that is currently being constructed adjacent to the new intermodal facility that will house the Brightline high speed rail and Sun Rail as well as a potential light-rail system in the future.

It was announced that JetBlue may be the main tenant in the new south terminal, giving airlines more room to add more destinations.

Central Florida’s popularity and population boom are contributing to the robust economy which is fueling the growth at the airport.

Once completely built out, the new south terminal facility will add another 100 gates to the airport, making it one of the largest airports in the nation.

Just last year, Orlando International Airport was upgraded to a “mega airport” joining the ranks of JFK in New York, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson, San Francisco International, and many other major U.S. cities.

Source: Orlando Business Journal

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