Orlando International Airport (MCO), located six miles southeast of Orlando, is sunny Florida’s second busiest airport. Both Southwest and JetBlue use Orlando as a focus city. International flights to the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America frequently depart MCO. Lufthansa runs daily flights through Orlando to Frankfurt, Germany; and Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have multiple daily flights from the UK.
Located in Central Florida and dubbed “The City Beautiful”, Orlando is a major tourist destination. Orlando offers over-the-top theme parks including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, Legoland and Sea World. Over 50 million people visit Orlando’s tourist attractions each year. Within about an hour’s drive, travelers can take in the sun and sand at Florida’s Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, or Canaveral National Seashore.
The layout of Orlando International Airport includes a centrally located main terminal building divided into Terminal A and Terminal B. There are four airside concourses which surround the main terminal in a hub and spoke design.
Travelers will enjoy a wide variety of amenities including a great deal of open, inviting spaces. Free WiFi is available in all public areas. There are pay phones and internet kiosks. Currency exchange is available as well a Western Union location. Fedex, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service all have drop boxes onsite. Perhaps most convenient is the Hyatt Regency hotel located right in the main terminal.
There are many dining options for travelers passing through Orlando International Airport. Many food options are available at the centrally located food court and in each concourse. These include Au Bon Pain, Burger King, Carvel, CIBO Express Gourmet, Chick-Fil-A, Cold Stone Creamery, Famous Farmiglia, Freshens Treats, McDonalds, On the Border, Ruby Tuesday, Starbucks, Wendy’s, and Zaza. The Regency Hotels restaurants are Hemisphere on level 9 and McCoys on level 4.
Shoppers can pick up plenty of Disney and Florida themed gifts at shops ranging from Disney’s Earport, The Magic of Disney, Ron Jon’s Surf Shop, Sea World, Universal Studios, and HG Orlando News/Gift/Sundries. There are plenty of other options including Brookstone, Crocs, Dog-E-Works, Erwin Pearl, GUESS, Harley Davidson, Hudson Booksellers, Kennedy Space Center, L’Occitane, Lush, Oakely, Perfumania, Skechers, Swatch, and a handful of others. Many shops are located in the Terminal A and B on level 3. There are also shops in each of the airside concourses.
Renting a car at the Orlando International Airport recently got more streamlined as facilities on the north side of Terminal A and south side of Terminal B were completed. On the ground level of the main parking garage travelers can quickly pick up their on-site rentals. This means there is no need to take a shuttle to pick up a car. Companies located on level 1 of MCO include:
- Alamo Car Rental
- Avis Car Rental
- Budget Car Rental
- Dollar Car Rental
- Enterprise Car Rental
- E-Z Rent-A-Car
- Firefly Car Rental
- Hertz Car Rental
- National Car Rental
- Thrifty Car Rental
In addition to the conveniently located on-site rental agencies, travelers may choose to rent a car from a number of off-airport locations. Companies that provide free shuttle service to their location near to the airport include:
- Advantage Car Rental
- Fox Car Rental
- Green Motion Car Rental
- Payless Car Rental
- Sixt Car Rental
- Value Car Rental