ORLANDO, Fla. – Travelers at Orlando International Airport could soon be doing a bit less walking, but they’ll be paying more to park.
The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Board voted on these issues at a meeting Wednesday, approving an $831.6 million preliminary budget for MCO — as well as a $5.7 million budget for Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) — and awarding a contract to TK Elevator Corporation to retrofit Terminal C with moving walkways in response to feedback from winded passengers.
The estimated cost for the walkway is a not-to-exceed amount of $1,174,500. The “pitless” system would be raised about a foot off of the ground and run from the TSA checkpoint area to Palm Court, constructed in a way that avoids destroying the floor beneath it.
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Board members also approved the following daily parking rates, set to take effect Oct. 1:
- Garages A, B and C — $24 (up from $19)
- Valet — $35 (up from $25)
- Surface lots — $20
- Economy lots — $14 (up from $10)
- Reserved parking — $32
MCO’s new preliminary budget shows a $148 million increase over that of FY2023, yet the average cost per enplaned passenger would be 8.7% lower than last year, what the board agreed was competitive among other large hub airports.
In the short term, the Orlando City Council is expected to conduct a public hearing on MCO and ORL’s preliminary budgets before returning them to the GOAA for final approval.
Read more from the GOAA.
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