OIA: International passenger numbers top 2021 totals in first 5 months
ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando International Airport continues to see a rebound in passenger traffic for the fifth consecutive month of 2022. According to airport officials, nearly 4.4 million domestic and international passengers traveled through OIA in May, an increase of 17%. International traffic also saw an increase, with 465,811 passengers arriving and departing. Read: Orlando International Airport announces concessions offerings for new Terminal CAirport officials said that the recent easing of international COVID-19 travel restrictions could further increase international numbers for the remainder of 2022. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 11 South Terminal C Channel 9 got a sneak peek at Orlando International Airport's new South Terminal C project on Monday.wftv.com
Here’s more on Orlando airport’s next expansion plans
Video: OIA awarded $50M in federal funds to enhance Terminal C OIA has been awarded $50 million for its expansion of the new 15-gate terminal. (WFTV)ORLANDO, Fla. — Editor’s note: This story is available as a result of a content partnership between WFTV and the Orlando Business Journal. Orlando International Airport CEO Kevin Thibault has his sights set on the next stage of the air hub’s expansion — something that starts with the September debut of the new Terminal C and beyond. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 11 South Terminal C Channel 9 got a sneak peek at Orlando International Airport's new South Terminal C project on Monday. Video: Hawaiian Airlines to suspend flights to and from Orlando International Airport Hawaiian Airlines plans to suspend service at Orlando International Airport.wftv.com
Hawaiian Airlines to suspend flights to and from Orlando International Airport
Video: Hawaiian Airlines to suspend flights to and from Orlando International Airport Hawaiian Airlines plans to suspend service at Orlando International Airport. (James Tutten, WFTV.com/WFTV)ORLANDO, Fla. — After more than a year of serving the Orlando area, Hawaiian Airlines plans to suspend service at Orlando International Airport. The move comes after Hawaiian Airlines decided to realign their network to help meet demand for the recent resurgence of international travel. WATCH: Victims identified after deadly rollover crash at Orlando International AirportThe final departure from Orlando is set for Sept. 7, and the final return flight will be Sept. 8. WATCH: Thousands of travelers pack Orlando International Airport on the 4th of JulyClick here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, and click here to watch the latest news on your Smart TV.wftv.com
Red Cross volunteers respond to Palm Bay apartment fire
PALM BAY, Fla. — A fire broke out in a Palm Bay multi-unit apartment Saturday. The fire affected 15 units at the apartment on the 2000 block of Palm Place Drive. Read: Deadly crash near OIA causes delays for travelers heading to the airportRed Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers responded to the fire. They said in a release that they have already provided emergency assistance to five families and will continue to offer support. Read: Overturned dump truck shuts down northbound lanes of State Road 417No other details were made available at this time.wftv.com
OIA awarded $50M in federal funds to enhance Terminal C
Terminal C Terminal C at OIA. (wftv)ORLANDO, Fla. — Money from President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help further fund the Terminal C expansion at Orlando International Airport. OIA has been awarded $50 million for its expansion of the new 15-gate terminal. READ: ‘C’ you soon: Here’s when Terminal C at OIA opensThe project will increase capacity, provide ADA-compliant facilities and more. READ: Orlando International Airport announces concessions offerings for new Terminal CExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 11 South Terminal C Channel 9 got a sneak peek at Orlando International Airport's new South Terminal C project on Monday.wftv.com
OIA back on schedule after weather forces flight delays nationwide
VIDEO: OIA back on schedule after weather forces flight delays nationwide The Federal Aviation Authority is warning that weather could continue to lead to ground stops across the country. (Ashley Edlund, WFTV.com/WFTV)ORLANDO, Fla. — The Federal Aviation Authority is warning that weather could continue to lead to ground stops across the country. Hey travelers, get the inside scoop on how today's weather may affect your flight. Be sure to visit https://t.co/ltA3DmcHcd for general airport delays. READ: AAA: Florida gas prices trending downwardAccording to the FAA, the risk of ground stops due to weather remains.wftv.com
Brightline’s International Drive, Universal stop secured by new funding, company officials say
VIDEO: Brightline’s International Drive, Universal stop secured by new funding, company officials say The long battle between Brightline and Universal Studios about the fate of the company’s Central Florida service appears to have ended. “The Sunshine Corridor is a comprehensive, ambitious transportation solution for Central Florida. It represents the missing link in Brightline’s plan to connect Orlando and Tampa with modern, eco-friendly, intercity passenger rail,” Brightline CEO Michael Reininger said in the release. — Brightline (@GoBrightline) June 1, 2022READ: Central Florida church leaders gather to address recent deadly shootingsThe outcome is seen as a win for all interested parties. Brightline service between OIA and South Florida is on track to begin in 2023.wftv.com
Memorial Day weekend marks one of the busiest travel times
Video: Memorial Day weekend marks one of the busiest travel timesORLANDO, Fla. — Memorial Day weekend marked one of the busiest travel times since the pandemic began. About 800,000 people are expected to fly out of OIA during this travel period. READ: Passengers return to Port Canaveral after cruise ship catches fireNationwide, about 39 million people traveled this weekend. READ: Monkeypox: CDC upgrades travel alert due to spike in global casesAAA said more people will be choosing to drive for Memorial Day. Expect the roads to be busiest toward the end of the day as people head home this afternoon.wftv.com
SEE: Brightline high-speed train arrives at new OIA station for the first time
VIDEO: SEE: Brightline high-speed train arrives at new OIA station for the first time Brightline high-speed train arrives at new OIA station for the first timeORLANDO, Fla. — For the first time, Brightline drove one of its trains into the new station at Orlando International Airport. While there were no passengers on board this time, it was an important step toward bringing passengers into the airport. The high-speed train that’s already been running in South Florida is set to bring passengers from West Palm Beach through Brevard County and across to OIA sometime next year. READ: Boeing Starliner ready for Thursday launchThe train, named Bright Blue 2, has been in Orlando since February. READ: ‘C’ you soon: Here’s when Terminal C at OIA opensThe project in Orlando is about 80% complete.wftv.com
“We’re getting real close”: New terminal at Orlando International Airport nearing completion
ORLANDO, Fla. — The new South Terminal “C” at Orlando International Airport is just months away from opening to passengers. READ: Passenger fined nearly $82,000 for ‘unruly behavior’ on flight“This terminal will be beyond the Orlando experience,” Greater Orlando Aviation Authority CEO Kevin Thibault said. We’re getting a sneak peek inside @MCO’s South Terminal C. Construction is more than 90% complete. “When we’re fully done with terminal C, it can handle 60 million passengers.”Ruohomaki says Phase One of the project includes 15 gates that can accommodate up to 20 airplanes. “It takes about four and a half minutes for the bags to get up to the top of the bag clam unit,” Ruohomaki said.wftv.com
Officer demands probation in case regarding motorized suitcase chase at Orlando airport
An Orlando police officer is demanding an airline passenger accused of unruly behavior receive, at minimum, a sentence of supervised probation if she enters into a plea deal with prosecutors over an incident that’s become the subject of a viral video.
Second fire since December destroys ‘Shell Shack’ tourist attraction in Lake County
FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. — A raging fire burned a once popular Central Florida tourist attraction to the ground. The early morning fire was the second one since December at the Seashell House, known by many as the “Shell Shack” in Fruitland Park. Firefighters were still putting out hot spots Thursday afternoon after flames gutted the Shell Shack. Photos: Second fire since December destroys ‘Shell Shack’ tourist attraction in Lake CountyExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 9 Second fire since December destroys ‘Shell Shack’ tourist attraction in Lake County“It was a defensive mode fire attack, and we actually struck a second alarm just to make sure we have enough resources on scene,” said Lake County Fire Rescue battalion chief Tony Cuellar. Photos: Shell Shack evidence photosExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 8 Shell Shack evidence photos (wftv)He told police he was just trying to keep the items safe because someone named Ronnie was “threatening to burn the rest of the building down.”A week later it caught fire.wftv.com
VIDEO: Drunken woman on motorized suitcase leads police chase through Orlando airport, officials say
An intoxicated passenger who was barred from boarding an airplane at OIA rode away from the gate on a motorized suitcase as a police officer on a bicycle followed behind her, court records and newly released video shows.
New Year off to a rocky start as canceled flights cause chaos
ORLADNO, Fla. — As the holiday travel chaos continues across the country, travelers at Orlando International are not immune as dozens of flights were canceled Saturday. For passengers like Beth McKay from Baltimore, the new year has not gotten off to a good start. Read: CDC recommendation to avoid cruising causing concern for area business owners“It’s been a long, exhausting 12 hours, 24 hours, 12 hours. On Saturday, more than 100 flights in and out of OIA had been canceled and FAA officials warned passengers to expect even more flight cancellations in the coming days. Officials say travelers should allow for extra time and to check their flights before heading to the airport.wftv.com
Holiday travel hustle and bustle in full swing at OIA
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Santa hats were few and far between inside Orlando International Airport (OIA) Thursday afternoon, which marked the fifth-busiest day of the holiday season, airport officials said. As usual, Mickey Mouse balloons floated overhead as passengers shuffled row by row in the 30-minute lines at the security checkpoints. Airport officials advised passengers to be dropped off curbside to avoid potentially missing their flights. “I said, ‘If y’all mess up, I’m still out.’”READ: Orange County COVID-19 testing surges ahead of holiday closureFriday and Saturday are expected to be significantly slower at the airport, at least for holiday travel. Officials said more than 115,000 people will still pass through OIA on both of those days.wftv.com
Airport officials anticipate big travel numbers despite omicron concerns
ORLANDO, Fla. — The holiday travel season at Orlando International Airport officially kicks into high gear Friday. Read: Officials warn not to let guard down after omicron variant found in Orange County waterMore than 2.6 million passengers are expected to pass through OIA over the 19-day travel period. If you were talking to me in January of 2021 I don’t know I would’ve expected this,” Brown said. Officials say Saturday will be the busiest travel day with nearly 157,000 passengers expected to pass through. “Pack your patience, and remember, this is a holiday season, so be in good cheer,” Brown said.wftv.com
Frontier Airlines launching new nonstop flights from Orlando to Puerto Rico
ORLANDO, Fla. — Frontier Airlines announced new nonstop flights to Puerto Rico from Orlando this week. The low-cost airline will start flying nonstop from OIA to Rafael Hernández International Airport (BQN) in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. With the addition of Aguadilla, Frontier will offer more than 80 nonstop destinations from Orlando. READ: Orlando International Airport prepares to welcome travelers from Brazil“Central Florida is home to the largest Puerto Rican population outside of the island and the addition of new service to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico from Orlando International will only further strengthen the personal and business ties between our two communities,” Phil Brown, chief executive officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, said in a statement. READ: OIA reports sharp increase in Thanksgiving Holiday departures compared to last yearClick here for more information.wftv.com
Hundreds of thousands of passengers expected to pass through OIA during Thanksgiving weekend
ORLANDO, Fla. — More than 100,000 people are expected to pass through Orlando International Airport Thursday as they crisscross the country for Thanksgiving. Despite this, lines have barely had a wait time and travelers couldn’t be happier. On Thursday, OIA expects just under 102,000 passengers. READ: ‘Back to pre-pandemic’: OIA seeing hours-long wait to park amid busy holiday travelTravelers are asked to arrive at least two hours early this year, even if you’re flying domestic. If flying international or to Puerto Rico, travelers are asked to bring a negative COVID-19 test with them.wftv.com
Orlando airport expects near pre-pandemic number of travelers Memorial Day weekend
ORLANDO, Fla. — The biggest travel weekend in more than a year is officially underway. Many people in Central Florida are already on the move after last year’s Memorial Day holiday was wiped out by the pandemic. READ: An “experiential media environment”: Inside OIA’s high-tech south terminal expansion projectA lot of people are expected down here in Central Florida for the weekend. 1 market for travel bookings this holiday weekend. Officials at Orlando International Airport are expecting traffic to approach pre-pandemic numbers.wftv.com
AdventHealth opens first community vaccination site near Orlando International Airport
ORLANDO, Fla. – More than 1,500 people 65 or older or health care workers with affiliations to AdventHealth pulled into an empty economy parking lot at the Orlando International Airport Tuesday to get their first dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine through AdventHealth. It’s the first community vaccination site provided by the health care system. “We set this up to be able to give as many shots as our community needs as we are able to get them,” said Dr. Scott Brady, CEO of AdventHealth Centra Care. Last week, AdventHealth sent an email to patients and employees saying they were going to open up 7,000 appointments. AdventHealth saying they have no extras left.
Sunday expected to be busiest travel day at Orlando International Airport this holiday season
ORLANDO, Fla. – As the holiday season winds down, plenty of travelers are heading home, which means a busy weekend for Orlando International Airport. Sunday, Jan. 3 is expected to be the busiest day for the airport this holiday season, with nearly 45,000 departing passengers. | Strange Florida: Here’s the proof]The numbers come despite recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stay home this holiday season. Last month, airport leaders announced travelers would soon be able to get tested for COVID-19 at a clinic near the west end of the terminal. The testing clinic was projected to open in December, however, a spokesperson at Orlando International Airport confirmed that the clinic has not opened yet and said airport officials continue to coordinate with AdventHealth Centra Care over how the setup will work.
TSA agents recover 5 guns in 7 days at Orlando International Airport
ORLANDO, Fla. For the fifth time in a week, TSA agents at Orlando International Airport found a gun at a security checkpoint, according to authorities. The most recent case happened Wednesday, officials said. Investigators said they stopped Andrew Harfield, of Kissimmee, after a screener noticed a gun in his bag as it went through an X-ray machine. Agents said they also found about 40 bullets inside the bag. No other details have been released.
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