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With the opening of Walt Disney World in 1971 the for an airport in the Orlando area. In 1975 the City of Orlando received additional lands to expand the airport because of the closing of McCoy Air Force Base. Then In 1976 , the airport was renamed Orlando International Airport.

Management Operated by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority which appoints an Executive Director to oversee the management of the airport.

Land 14,672 acres

Runways 2 at 12,000 feet by 200/300 feet; 1 at 10,000 feet by 150 feet.

Terminals 99 gates

Flights Direct flights to more than 100 cities worldwide.

Carriers Thirty scheduled airlines and over 50 charters.

Passengers 22,392,412

Cargo 192,590 tons

Parking 9,990 covered and uncovered spaces.


The history of Orlando goes back many years before Walt Disney came to town.

Vintage Postcard Angebilt Hotel

It has saddened me for years that most of the millions of tourists who visit central Florida's theme parks each year have never seen the real Orlando.

Walt Disney World, for example, is almost 20 miles west of downtown Orlando Florida.

International Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Osceola County and the area around the theme parks has expanded to serve the tourists. But it is not the real Orlando, Florida. 

They came along very recently in the history of Orlando.

Orlando’s modern history dates back to 1838 and the Second Seminole War.  The U.S. Army built Fort Gatlin southeast of present day downtown Orlando to protect settlers from the Indians.

By 1840, a small settlement known as Jernigan had grown up around the Fort.  The name came from the Jernigan family, early settlers in the area.

By 1850, Jernigan had a post office, and by 1856 the community had expanded northward, and changed its name to Orlando.  In 1857, the U.S. Post Office adopted the name change.

The Town of Orlando was incorporated in 1875 with 85 residents, 22 of whom were qualified voters.


Now for the part of the history of Orlando that is still cloudy: where did the name come from?

There are at least five versions that I know about how the town became known as Orlando.

    An early politician, Judge Speer,named the town after a man named Orlando who worked for him.

Orlando citizens have their own favorite version. I recently heard from Carolyn Pangborn, a descendant of Judge Speer.  She provided historical references which lead me to believe it was the Judge who came up with the name.

The name was timely because the history of Orlando since the end of the Seminole Wars has been one of steady growth.

Shortly before the Civil War, Orlando became the seat of newly created Orange County. It was a quiet country town during the war, but had a population explosion in the years from 1875 to 1895.


In that 20 year period, Orlando became the center of Florida's citrus industry.

The "Great Freeze" of 1894-1895 forced many small owners to give up their groves. Owners of bigger groves added to their holdings, and they became "citrus barons".

Many of them bought land and expanded their operations south of Orlando in the area around Lake Wales.

Vintage Postcard San Juan Hotel

The Town of Frostproof south of Lake Wales did not get its name by accident.

Orlando, as Florida's largest inland city, became a popular resort during the years between the Spanish-American War and World War One.


The Florida Land Boom also affected Orlando in the 1920's. Land prices skyrocketed.  Many magnificent tourist facilities, such as the elegant San Juan Hotel, were built during these heady years.

During this period many neighborhoods near downtown Orlando were developed. The many small bungalows that still exist in these areas are part of the history of Orlando and a key component of the city's charm.


There was a lot of military activity in Orlando before, during and after World War Two.  The municipal airport just north of Lake Underhill was converted into Orlando Army Air Base.

A new airport was built 10 miles south of Orlando to replace the municipal airport.  It was quickly converted into Pinecastle Air Force Base and eventually became McCoy Air Force Base.  It is now the site of the greatly expanded Orlando International Airport.

After the war, many of the servicemen and women stayed to settle down and raise families in Orlando, "The City Beautiful".


In 1956, Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin), built a major aerospace defense plant south of Orlando on Kirkman Road.   It became a major employer in the Orlando area.

In addition to jobs at Martin Marietta, Orlando is close enough to Patrick Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and Kennedy Space Center for residents to commute to work from Orlando's eastern suburbs.

The Beachline Expressway allows easy access to Port Canaveral, an important cruise ship terminal.

Because of its proximity to the Space Coast near the Kennedy Space Center, many high-tech companies have shifted to the Orlando area.

Here is a promotional video from the late 1950s and early 1960s.  The Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce was promoting growth in Orlando.  If you were here in those days, you will recall the scenes with nostalgia.

The Chamber of Commerce was successful in helping Orlando grow, but little did they know what was waiting to happen in the late 1960s in the area 17 miles southwest of town known as Lake Buena Vista.


The biggest thing that ever happened to Orlando, however, was when Walt Disney announced in 1965 that he was going to build Walt Disney World near Orlando.

Walt Disney, General Joe Potter, Roy Disney

I began working on Walt Disney World in 1968, and saw first hand the changes that came to Orlando Fla: some good, some bad.

Walt Disney World opened in October 1971.

Tourism rather than high-tech industry and agriculture became the majority of Orlando's economy.

The population has exploded since then, and there are now probably as many tourism industry service jobs than high tech jobs.

Orlando Florida now has more theme parks and entertainment attractions than anyplace else in the world.

What was a sleepy small town airport shared with McCoy Air Force Base is now the giant Orlando International Airport.

When Walt Disney World was being built, the tallest building in Orlando Florida was the 10 story Angebilt Hotel, shown in the postcard above.

Now there are buildings as tall as 35 stories downtown.

It's simple to enjoy the history of Orlando.  Just drive away from Walt Disney World and the other theme parks and head toward the real Orlando.

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Orlando International Airport closed starting Tuesday morning

Orlando International Airport will not be operating, starting 2 a.m. Tuesday morning, despite earlier announcements that it would open again.

The airport is saying on Twitter it will close due to Dorian, now a Category 4 hurricane.

Dorian's track forces ceasing of operations at MCO on Tuesday, September 3.

The latest update will always be pinned to top of our page. Passengers: Please check with your airline for updates regarding your specific flight. pic.twitter.com/GZozxIz7LF

&mdash Orlando International Airport (@MCO) September 2, 2019

Airport operations at @MCO will cease tonight (Sep 2) until further notice. Please remember the airport is not a #Hurricane shelter. #Dorian#OIA
Follow @MCO for the latest updates. https://t.co/qVa2Qa9kmw

&mdash Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) September 2, 2019

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Orlando Executive Airport is a general aviation and corporate aviation airport. Its proximity to the State Road 408 East-West Expressway and downtown Orlando makes it a popular airport. The airport is still the "minor" airport of Orlando, Florida, as Orlando International Airport is the airport for airline flights, drawing more passengers every year.

The airport has been used for special air industry events and showcases including the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention which was held there in 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2014. [2] The airport has also been used since the 1990s as a landing site and staging site by Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) for Marine One and other supporting HMX-1 helicopter operations during Presidential visits to Orlando. All Presidential visits to the Orlando area are on Air Force One, which lands at Orlando International Airport (MCO).

Executive Airport covers 989 acres (400 ha) at an elevation of 113 feet (34 m). It has two asphalt runways: 7/25 is 6,004 by 150 feet (1,830 x 46 m) and 13/31 is 4,625 by 100 feet (1,409 x 30 m). [1]

In the year ending September 30, 2017 the airport had 106,627 aircraft operations, averaging 292 per day: 94% general aviation, 5% air taxi and <1% military. 210 aircraft were then based at this airport: 66% single-engine, 20% multi-engine, 9% jet, and 5% helicopter. [1] The airport has two fixed-base operators, serves private and corporate aircraft, and is the operating base for the Aviation Section of the Orange County Sheriff's Office. [3]

Opened in 1928 as the Orlando Municipal Airport, the airport was the first commercial airport in central Florida. The United States Postal Service started airmail service to Orlando the following year.

Military use Edit

The United States Army Air Corps took control of the airport in 1940 for use as a training facility and renamed it the Orlando Army Air Base. For the next six years, the airport remained under military control. In June 1941, the Army Air Corps became the United States Army Air Forces and beginning in late 1941 through mid-1943, Orlando Army Air Base was used by I Bomber Command and later by units of the Army Air Forces Antisubmarine Command (AAFAC) to fly antisubmarine patrols along both the east coast as well as over the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits, augmenting U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard aircraft in that capacity.

With the lessening of the U-boat threat, Orlando AAB became the home of the Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics (AAFSAT) and subsequently as the Army Air Forces Tactical Center (AAFTC). [4]

In 1943 the AAFSAT began training units in night fighter operations. The 481st Night Fighter Group was established, equipped with the Douglas P-70, a variation of the A-20 Havoc attack aircraft used for training. Squadrons attached to the group in 1943 and 1944 were the 348th, 349th, 420th, 423d, 425th, 426th and 427th Night Fighter Squadrons, which, after completion of training, were sent overseas to either the Pacific or European Theaters for combat. [5] In contrast, the Orlando Fighter Wing was stationed at the base.

In 1946 the airfield was released to the City of Orlando, while the military support facilities north and northeast of the airport remained under U.S. Army Air Forces control as a non-flying administrative and technical training installation still named Orlando Army Air Base. With the establishment of the United States Air Force as a separate service in 1947, this installation was renamed Orlando Air Force Base, serving as a technical training facility for the Air Training Command, a ground-launched tactical missile training facility for the Tactical Air Command, and as a headquarters installation for the Military Air Transport Service (later Military Airlift Command) and the Air Rescue Service. In 1968, Orlando AFB was transferred to the United States Navy and renamed Naval Training Center Orlando. This installation served as the newest of one of three Navy enlisted recruit training centers (boot camps) and as home to various technical training schools, to include the Naval Nuclear Power School for officer and enlisted personnel. The 1993 Base Realignment and Closure Commission directed that NTC Orlando be closed no later than 1 October 1999. The base property was sold to the City of Orlando, which in turn sold it to private developers. Most of the installation was demolished and residential and commercial properties developed on the site, renamed Baldwin Park.

Airline use Edit

In 1946 passenger flights on National Airlines and Eastern Air Lines began at the now civil Orlando Municipal Airport. Five years later the airport built its main terminal, a two-story structure with a built-in control tower this terminal building stood until late 1999. The April 1957 Official Airline Guide shows 20 weekday departures: 14 Eastern and 6 National. Eastern Air Lines had a nonstop flight to Atlanta no other nonstops left the state. The nonstops to Washington that began in 1959 were probably the longest ORL ever had.

The August 1955 diagram shows Runway 17 4,480 ft (1,370 m) along the west side of the field, Runway 18 5,071 ft (1,546 m), Runway 4 5,422 ft (1,653 m), Runway 10R 5,313 ft (1,619 m) (still called 10R, though 10L was closed) and Runway 13 5,568 ft (1,697 m).

By the early 1960s development around the airport had made further expansion unlikely. The airport's 6000 foot main runway, Runway 7/25, wasn't long enough for early jet airliners such as the Boeing 707, Douglas DC-8 and Convair 880, so the city and Orange County governments lobbied the U.S. Air Force to convert McCoy Air Force Base, a Strategic Air Command B-52 base about eight miles to the south, to a civil-military airport with an airline terminal on undeveloped land on the east side of the base and military operations on the west side.

In 1961 the airport was renamed Herndon Airport after former Orlando city engineer "Pat" Herndon, the change being in preparation for moving jet airline flights to the new Orlando Jetport at McCoy at McCoy AFB, known today as Orlando International Airport. In 1965 three airlines were serving Herndon Airport: Delta Air Lines, Eastern Air Lines and National Airlines. [6] Delta flew Douglas DC-6 and Douglas DC-7 propliners on nonstop flights to Atlanta with direct service to Chicago. [7] Eastern and National operated Lockheed L-188 Electra turboprops with National flying direct service to New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., Norfolk, Charleston, SC, Savannah, Jacksonville, FL and Miami, and Eastern operating nonstop and direct flights to Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, FL and Tallahassee. [8] Eastern Convair 440 prop aircraft also stopped at ORL with local service being flown to several destinations in Florida. [9] All three airlines began operating their respective jet service flights from the Orlando Jetport at McCoy by 1968 these airlines no longer served Herndon.

Later developments Edit

In 1976 the City of Orlando ceded control of the airport and transferred the property, its former City of Orlando Aviation Department, and all operational responsibilities to the newly established Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA), chartered by the Florida State Legislature to operate and manage all publicly owned airports in Orange County, Florida. GOAA renamed the airport Orlando Executive Airport in 1982, and in 1998 to its present name of Executive Airport.


ORLANDO, FL. – During the month of February, travelers at Orlando International Airport (MCO) can share a lesser-known chapter of Orlando’s tourism history with a visit to the exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Wells’Built Museum of African American History & Culture.

The museum is housed in the historic hotel built in 1929 by Dr. William Monroe Wells at 511 West South Street in Orlando’s Parramore community, with a mission to “collect, preserve and exhibit historical artifacts and information” that tell the story of African Americans in Orlando and Florida.

The exhibition continues through February 28, and is on view at the airport’s 3rd Level, near the Checkpoint for Gates 70-129 (by the Starbucks) in the Main Terminal.

“Orlando is and has been a diverse community. The Orlando of today was built on that history of diversity and the Wells’Built exhibit helps tell that story to all who visit this globally acclaimed destination,” says Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

Visitors can see a sampling from the museum collection, including historical photographs of Central Florida Black legends such as Bessie Coleman, the first American woman to earn an international pilot’s license, in 1921, from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale in France. Coleman was known to fly in and out of what is now Orlando Executive Airport, and a nearby street was dedicated in her honor. Also on display are works by Odell Etim (1948-2012), a contemporary African American artist who lived and worked in Central Florida.

“We want to preserve our history to share with generations to come, so that they might understand,” says Florida Rep. Geraldine Thompson, the founding president of the Association to Preserve African American Society, History and Tradition (PAST), which operates the museum. For more information, visit www.Wellsbuilt.org.

By the 1990s, the original two-story hotel had fallen into disrepair but was saved from demolition and restored, and was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2000. The nearby South Street Casino, also built by Dr. Wells, was not a gambling establishment, but served as the go-to venue to hear traveling entertainers, as well as to celebrate graduations, weddings and other memorial events in the lives of Parramore residents. It was destroyed by fire in 1987.

In the 1930s and 1940s heyday, the hotel and casino hosted many Black travelers and celebrities. Among the distinguished guests were famous African Americans including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, baseball greats Roy Campanella and Jackie Robinson, and music legends 8.8. King, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles.

Basic MCO Information: In 2019, Orlando International Airport welcomed more than 50 million annual passengers making it the busiest airport in the state and the 10th busiest in the U.S. MCO is currently engaged in a $3.76 billion Capital Improvement Program to increase capacity and enhance customer convenience.

Twenty Years Bold:
Wells’Built Museum of African American History & Culture

February 1 – 28, 2021
Orlando International Airport,
3rd Level, near Checkpoint for Gates 70-129

Almost 100 years ago, Dr. William Monroe Wells – the only Black doctor in town, who is credited with delivering more than 5,000 babies before his retirement – built a hotel and an entertainment venue In his thriving community of Parramore In downtown Orlando. He wanted to make sure that African Americans had a safe place to stay when they visited the Orlando area. Dr. Wells was issued the building permit for the hotel In 1926 and It opened In 1929.

In the 1930s and 1940s heyday, the Wells’Bullt Hotel and South Street Casino hosted many Black travelers and celebrities who did not have accommodations available to them In other areas of Central Florida due to segregation. Among Its distinguished guests were famous African Americans including first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, baseball greats Roy Campanella and Jackie Robinson, and music legends B.B. King, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles.

Today, visitors to the Wells’Built Museum can see some of the original 1930s furniture and decorations from the 20 guest rooms as well as memorabilia from Parramore residents.

Dr. William Monroe Wells (1889-1957)

The closed hotel building was almost lost to urban renewal when the city wanted to raze the building In the mld-1990s. The old hotel found a champion in then-State Rep. Alzo J. Reddick Sr., who grew up in Parramore and worked as a paperboy delivering newspapers to the hotel. With the help of the Trust for Public Lands, Reddick advocated to save and refurbish the building. The ground floor became 3,400 square feet of exhibit space and the second floor, an office. Remodeling took two years.

In 1997, the building was acquired by the Association to Preserve African American Society, History and Tradition Inc. (PAST), which continues to work to restore and preserve the structure as well as the heritage. Although the casino was destroyed by fire in 1987, the original Wells’Bullt Hotel, 511 W. South Street, was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places In 2000.

The Wells’Bullt museum officially opened during Black History Month In 2001. Since then, it continues its mission to collect, preserve and exhibit historical artifacts and information that tell the story of African Americans in Orlando and Florida.

“We want to preserve our history to share with generations to come, so that they might understand,” says Florida Rep. Geraldine Thompson, the founding president of PAST, which operates the museum.

The community Is always welcome to visit, explore and invest in the preservation and education efforts.

Orlando Executive Airport

Conveniently located only 3 miles from the business and financial center of Central Florida, Orlando Executive Airport (OEA), operated by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA), is the perfect flight path for the corporate traveler. The primary and premier general aviation facility for Central Florida provides convenient access to all of Orlando’s major highways putting the majority of industrial and business centers, sports arenas, performing arts venues, colleges, the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center, and the areas theme parks, all within minutes of the airport.

Central location and a long list of amenities make Orlando Executive Airport the ideal spot to touch down and “door-to-door” service makes the transition from air to ground transportation easy and effortless.

Orlando Executive Airport provides 24 hour service through our two fixed base operators, Sheltair Aviation Services (SAS) and Atlantic Aviation, an FAA air traffic control tower, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) customs facility, and full ILS capability. Orlando Executive’s central location means that delegates will find numerous restaurants, hotels, stores and theaters within a 3 mile drive of the airport.


The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Static Display is scheduled to be held in Orlando in 2022.

The annual NBAA event was hosted in Orlando in 1996, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018.

As a vital component of the area’s economy, Orlando Executive Airport offers many services to the community – including law enforcement, air ambulance, search/rescue capabilities, and the main reliever airport for Orlando International Airport (MCO). A central location, quality approaches and the ability to handle quick take-off demands make Orlando Executive ideally suited for these operations. In 2018 Orlando Executive’s aircraft operations totalled more than 104,000.

Central Florida’s first commercial airfield, Orlando Executive Airport was first dedicated as the Orlando Municipal Airport in 1928. Since that time, it has continually responded to the needs of a growing community – expanding services, updating facilities and modernizing equipment. Today, Orlando Executive is recognized as the area’s finest general aviation facility – and among the best of its kind in the state and the nation.

Situated on 1,056 acres owned by the City of Orlando, the airport is operated by GOAA with valuable input from the OEA Advisory Committee which continuously reviews the safe operation and facilities provided to the aviation community. This partnership adds value to the standing of OEA as a premier general aviation airport serving the entire Central Florida region. Both private and corporate aircraft facilities are available, providing business and pleasure travelers with a host of top-flight services and amenities for both based and itinerant aircraft customers.

The Airport that brought Commercial Aviation to Central Florida is still its finest General Aviation Facility.

About Us

Applications for posted vacancies are accepted online through the GOAA Careers system. This system allows you to create an applicant profile, apply for positions for which we are hiring, and review the status of your application(s).

Applications are screened according to the posted minimum requirements. Resumes received without a completed online application will not be considered. A separate application must be submitted for each vacancy. Applications will only be considered for posted vacancies. To view and apply for current posted vacancies at GOAA please click the logo below:

For more information please see the Applicant Guide

The GOAA Talent Management Team will notify applicants of the status of their application via the GOAA Careers candidate profile. Persons with a disability requiring an accommodation during the application process must contact (407) 825-2625 to notify Human Resources at the time of application submission.

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA)
Human Resources Department
5855 Cargo Road
Orlando, FL 32827-4399

Office Hours:
Monday thru Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Application Procedures for Vacancies with other Airport Employers

For career opportunities with other organizations at the Orlando International Airport please review the Airport Employment Guide by clicking the logo below:

Please contact the organizations directly regarding career opportunities.

GOAA is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. It is our policy to abide by all Federal, State and Local laws prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of a person’s race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, or disability, except where a reasonable bona fide occupational qualification exists.

GOAA is committed to providing veteran’s preference to all United States military veterans and their spouses in accordance with state law. If you wish to assert veteran’s preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and any other required supporting documentation with your employment application. Note: the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214 http://vetrecs.archives.gov/

Preference may not be awarded unless required documentation is submitted by the vacancy closing date. Documents submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Required documentation should not be uploaded to the GOAA Careers system. Documents should be submitted as indicated below (please clearly indicate the vacancy job title and your name on all documents):

  • Scanned and e-mailed to [email protected] or
  • Faxed to (407) 825-2099 or
  • Hand delivered or mailed to:
    Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
    Human Resources Department
    5855 Cargo Road
    Orlando, Florida 32827

GOAA participates in E-Verify. All selected candidates are required to provide identification and proof of U.S. Citizenship or proof of authorization to work in the U.S as stated on the Federal Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification). In addition, GOAA uses E-Verify as part of the I-9 process to verify the work eligibility of all new hires. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee’s Form I-9 to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records.

Additional information can be found on the U.S. CIS web site.

GOAA provides a comprehensive benefits package. We look forward to sharing with you the specific benefits you would receive. The benefits summary highlights the health benefits, retirement, and paid time off benefits offered to employees.

Applicants selected for employment will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination, which includes drug screening, background check and security badge process including fingerprinting. As a condition of employment, all new employees are required to provide documented proof of their identity and employment eligibility.

It is the policy of GOAA not to accept applications for employment from Relatives of current GOAA employees, which includes spouse, father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandparent, first cousin, nephew, niece, father-in-law, mother-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother, half-sister, or any legally recognized ward.

The term “Relative” also includes any person who lives with an employee of GOAA, whether or not related by blood or marriage (such as roommate, significant other, partner, etc.). “Lives with” means resides in the same household.

If you have a Relative employed by another Airport Employer, your eligibility for employment with GOAA will be based on the position for which you are applying.

Employment work samples are an important tool used by GOAA in the selection of qualified individuals for jobs. If a vacancy requires a work sample, it will be scheduled for applicants selected for an interview or further consideration. Typing and computer work samples are valid for 6 months. Persons requiring accommodations, please advise the Human Resources Department when contacted for scheduling.

Access Control

The Access Control Office is responsible for the issuance of Airport Identification Media to individuals who work and require access to the Airport.

First-time applicants must be fingerprinted, pass a background check, and complete the required Computer-Based Training (CBT) course(s) prior to being issued a badge.

All Access Control policies and Procedures are under continuous review, and subject to revision. Please continue to visit this site for updated policies and procedures.

The Access Control Office is located on the 1st floor of the GOAA Annex Building at the intersection of Cargo and Casa Verde Roads on Airport property.

Mailing Address: 5855 Cargo Road. Orlando, FL 32827
Office Hours: Monday to Friday from 7:00am – 3:00pm
Office Phone: (407) 825-2130
Office Fax: (407) 825-2414

Please note that with more than 18,000 badged employees at the airport, wait times for badges can be lengthy, particularly towards the end of the month. If your badge is expiring soon, please do not wait until the end of the month.

Once the Access Control Office is notified of a company’s status as an employer at Orlando Int’l Airport the Access Control Office will contact the employer to schedule an appointment to review the policy and procedures for obtaining Identification Media. Documents and attendees required for the appointment will be reviewed at the time the appointment is scheduled.

Fingerprints $27.00
Identification Badges $25.00
AOA Vehicle Decals $25.00
Security Background Checks $11.00
Keys $10.00

Payments can be made by company check, cash, or credit card. (Credit/Debit Card option not available for direct billing.)

Individuals applying for unescorted access to the Sterile or Secure areas of the airport must attend training classes. Computer-based training is available at https://training.goaa.aero/

Application forms are required for issuances of new identification media and for renewals. Identification Media Application forms are available at the Access Control Office. Only Authorized Signatory Representatives are permitted to pick them up. Copies are not acceptable.

Employers will provide Identification Media Applications to their employees.

Your Authorized Signatory (AS) will decide the level of access you will be granted, and you will be required to complete individual training based on what privileges are given by your signatory.

An Authorized Signatory is responsible for checking employee identification to make sure no discrepancies are found. ID’s HAVE TO MATCH 100%

Once the ID’s are verified, AS are responsible for inputting a completed application in the AS Portal before instructing employees to go to the badging office for processing.

The Applicant and Employer sections of the application must be filled out legibly and completely. It must be signed by both the applicant and the Employer’s Authorized Signature Representative.

The Identification Media Application is only valid for 5 business days once it has been signed by the Authorized Signatory Representative.

Bring your two forms of matching identification, one of which must establish identity and one for work authorization, to the badging office. Please be advised that the names on each form of ID must match exactly, or the vetting process may be stopped in order to give the applicant time to provide identification with exactly matching names. It is recommended to bring more than two forms of ID. All forms must be written in the English language, legible and unexpired.

Acceptable Identification Documents

Validation of data from all forms of ID will be conducted. Should the applicant refuse or fail to provide a primary form of identification that can be confirmed he or she must leave the badging office and apply at a later date when he or she has obtained an approved, confirmable form of identification.

Documents That Establish Both Identity and Employment Authorization
*All documents must be an original, unexpired & clearly legible.

Airport ID will not be issued to anyone under the age of 16.

  • U.S. Passport or Passport Card
  • Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551)
  • Foreign passport that contains a temporary I-551 stamp or temporary I-551 printed notation on a machine-readable immigrant visa (MRIV)
  • Employment Authorization Document (Card) that contains a photograph (Form I-766). 4. Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that contains a photograph (Form I-766). Form I-766 expired on its face combined with Form I-797 based on an automatic EAD extension in certain circumstances qualifies as unexpired Form I-766
  • In the case of a nonimmigrant alien authorized to work for a specific employer incident to status, a foreign passport with Form I-94 or Form I-94A bearing the same name as the passport and containing an endorsement of the alien’s nonimmigrant status, as long as the period of endorsement has not yet expired and the proposed employment is not in conflict with any restrictions or limitations identified on the form
  • Passport from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) or the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) with Form I-94 or From I-94A indicating nonimmigrant admission under the Compact of Free Association Between the United States and the FSM or RMI

Documents That Establish Identity Only
* All documents must be an original, unexpired & clearly legible.

For individuals 18 years of age or older:

  • Driver’s license or ID card issued by a state or outlying possession of the United States, provided it contains a photograph or information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color, and address.
  • ID card issued by federal, state, or local government agencies or entities, provided it contains a photograph or information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color, and address (includes HAS airport ID Badge).
  • School ID card with a photograph.
  • Voter’s registration card.
  • S. military card or draft record.
  • Military dependent’s ID card.
  • S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Card.
  • Native American tribal document.
  • Driver’s license issued by a Canadian government authority.
  • A Social Security Account Number card, unless the card includes “NOT VALID FOR EMPLOYMENT” OR “VAILID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION.”
  • Certification of report of birth issued by the Department of State(Forms DS-1350,FS-545,FS-240)
  • Original or certified copy of birth certificate issued oy a State, county, municipal authority, or territory of the US bearing an official seal.
  • US Citizen ID card (Form I-197)
  • Identification Card of Use of Resident Citizen in the United States (Form I-179)
  • Employment authorization document issued by the Department of Homeland Security

Once the fingerprints and background check are submitted, the employee will wait until their company reaches out to let them know the badge is ready for pick up. At that time, the employee will complete all assigned training BEFORE THE BADGE IS PICKED UP.

All applicants that are applying for a new or renewing an identification badge must undergo a TSA Security Threat Assessment (STA).

All new applicants requesting unescorted access to the Sterile or Secure areas of the airport are required to undergo a Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) and will be electronically fingerprinted.

Once the results are received for the STA and CHRC the employer will be notified by the Access Control Office that the employee’s identification badge is ready for issuance.

If you have ever pleaded guilty or nolo-contendere (“no contest”) to, had an adjudication withheld, been convicted or found not guilty by reason of insanity to any of the following under Title 49 CFR 1542.209 and 1544.229

  • Violence at international airports
  • Felony involving willful destruction of property
  • Felony involving a threat
  • Felony involving importation or manufacture of a controlled substance
  • Felony involving burglary
  • Felony involving theft
  • Felony involving dishonesty, fraud, or misrepresentation
  • Felony involving possession or distribution of stolen property
  • Felony involving aggravated assault
  • Felony involving bribery
  • Felony involving illegal possession of a controlled substance punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of more than 1 year.
  • Forgery of certificates, false making of aircraft and other aircraft registration violations
  • Interference with air navigation
  • Improper transportation of a hazardous material
  • Aircraft piracy
  • Interference with flight crew members or flight attendants
  • Commission of certain crimes aboard an aircraft in flight
  • Carrying a weapon or explosive aboard an aircraft
  • Conveying false information and threats
  • Aircraft piracy outside the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States
  • Lighting violations involving transporting controlled substances
  • Unlawful entry into an aircraft or airport area that serves air carriers or foreign air carriers contrary to established security requirements
  • Destruction of an aircraft or aircraft facility
  • Murder
  • Assault with intent to murder
  • Espionage
  • Sedition
  • Kidnapping or hostage taking
  • Treason
  • Rape or aggravated sexual abuse
  • Unlawful possession, use, sale, distribution, or manufacture of an explosive or weapon
  • Extortion
  • Armed or felony unarmed robbery
  • Distribution of, or intent to distribute a controlled substance
  • Felony arson
  • Conspiracy or attempt to commit any of the aforementioned criminal acts.

All vehicles that require access to the Airport Operations Area (AOA) must apply for AOA Vehicle Decals.

Application Forms can be picked up at the Access Control Office by an Authorized Signature Representative.

Forms must be completed and signed by an Authorized Signature Representative.

The employer must attach evidence of insurance which is the Acord Form. The insurance limits of liability must be a minimum of $5 million General Liability and $5 million Automobile Liability or higher if required by contract. The following self insured retention amounts are acceptable: $10,000 if the value of the contract is less than $1,000,000 or $100,000 if the value of the contract is $1,000,000 or more.

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority must be the Certificate Holder and most important, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority must be named additional insured for the General and Automobile Liability Coverages.

You must also submit a copy of the vehicle registration.

Your employer will provide you with a Key Request Form to submit to the Access Control Office.

Keys are only issued to individuals that possess valid airport identification badges.

Legal Document

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The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority makes no representations or warranties as to the completeness or accuracy of any of the information contained on this web site, and makes no commitment to update such information.

The materials and information on this web site are provided “as is” and without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, expectation of privacy, or non-infringement. In no event shall the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority be liable for any damages (whether direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special, consequential, or otherwise) arising out of, or in any way connected with, the use of or inability to use this web site or for any information, software, products, or services obtained through or otherwise in connection with this web site, in each case regardless of whether such damages are based on contract, tort, strict liability, or other theories of liability. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties or consequential or incidental damages, so portions of the above exclusions may not apply to you.

The information contained on this web site does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities and must not be relied upon in connection with any investment decision.

This Internet site may provide links or reference to other sites. While the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority endeavors to provide links only to those sites that are reputable and safe, we cannot be held responsible for the information, products, or services obtained on such other sites and will not be liable for any damages arising from your access to such sites. Any links to other sites are provided merely as a convenience to the users of this web site and any inclusion of such links and frames in this web site does not imply an endorsement of the linked or framed sites or their content. The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority has no responsibility or liability for any content on this site or any linked or framed site that is created or provided by any person or entity other than the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

Email Correspondence

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to GOAA. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing. However, please note that your email address is not provided to us (unless specifically included by you) when submitting the following forms:

Noise Abatement


At the request of the FAA, we share the following important update:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to implement Metroplex procedures for Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) on April 22, 2021. Orlando International Airport (MCO) procedures will now be implemented in mid-August 2021. The South-Central Florida Metroplex is the agency’s plan to modernize air traffic procedures for 21 airports in the State of Florida. Orlando Metroplex procedures can be found online at the FAA’s Orlando Metroplex Workshop website.

MCO Noise Advisory

Runway 17R-35L is scheduled to close Monday, May 10, 2021. The runway will be closed for the FAA to replace the approach lighting system and is scheduled to return to service in early August 2021. Residents may experience increased noise due to changes with operational flow during the closure.

Aviation Noise Abatement Committee (ANAC)

The Aviation Noise Abatement Committee (ANAC) is scheduled to meet on the second Friday of every month at Orlando International Airport, and members of the public are welcome to attend to ask questions or share concerns.

The next Aviation Noise Abatement Committee (ANAC) meeting is scheduled to be held on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 10:00 am in the Carl. T. Langford Board Room.

PLEASE NOTE: The Aviation Authority is subject to federal mask mandates. Federal law requires wearing a mask at all times in and on the airport property. Failure to comply may result in removal and denial of re-entry. Refusing to wear a mask in or on the airport property is a violation of federal law individuals may be subject to penalties under federal law. Currently, seating inside the Board Room is limited to 20 and lobby seating is limited to 10 seats. Attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. No standing in the lobby will be permitted.

Agendas and minutes of previous meetings may be viewed under Sunshine Meetings on our Airport Business page.

Please contact the Noise Abatement Officer via email or at 407-825-2674 if you have any questions, submit a comment via our Noise Complaint Form or sign up to receive Noise Alerts via email.

Noise Hotline: (407) 825-2003 and Toll Free: (866) OI-NOISE (646-6473)

The Noise Abatement Programs in place at MCO and ORL achieve noise exposure reductions through establishment of:

The GOAA noise abatement program brings together all stakeholders to reduce noise and educate the public regarding operations at its airports. MCO has a number of voluntary noise abatement procedures that have been in effect since the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, including:

  • Preferential runway use favoring south flow operations
  • Assigned headings on departures to the north
  • Nighttime noise abatement headings
  • Designated engine run-up areas

Noise abatement measures at ORL define specific helicopter approach and departure paths to minimize flights over residential areas.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has sole authority and responsibility for routing and separating aircraft throughout the National Airspace System, and their first priority is always the safe and efficient separation and routing of aircraft. At any time, weather conditions, operational needs or day-to-day airfield maintenance may prevent the implementation of noise abatement procedures.

Information concerning aircraft activity and noise exposure at specific sites can be obtained by contacting 407-825-2674 or Noise Abatement Manager.

Operational Procedures

While safety is paramount to all air traffic operations, noise sensitivity to the surrounding communities is also of key importance. The following information describes the voluntary noise abatement procedures and typical aircraft routings that are in place at MCO.

Preferential Runway Use (18L/R, 17L/R)

When conditions permit, the FAA will conduct south flow operations. Aircraft will arrive from the north (red arrows) and depart to the south (green arrows).

Nighttime noise abatement routes are in place during north flow operations. Between 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM, departing aircraft will be directed to the east on climb-out, away from long-established communities.

Aircraft Routing at MCO

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is solely responsible for the control of aircraft traffic (Air Traffic Control-ATC) inside the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS). The Authority operates an Aircraft Noise and Operations Monitoring System (ANOMS) that provides noise and flight tracking information.

The image below depicts actual flight tracks at MCO over a period of 24 hours during south flow operations. The image below depicts actual flight tracks at MCO over a period of 24 hours during north flow operations.
Arrivals are depicted in red departures are depicted in blue.

Have you ever wondered just how busy Florida skies are? Take a look at 24 hours of flights in just over two minutes, beginning at KMCO – Orlando International Airport.

Federal Legislation

The FAA regulates the maximum noise level that an individual civil aircraft can emit through requiring aircraft to meet certain noise certification standards. Each noise certification standard is designated as a different Stage in the U.S. Any aircraft that is certified for airworthiness in the U.S. must also comply with noise standard requirements to receive a noise certification. The purpose of the noise certification process is to ensure that the latest available safe and airworthy noise reduction technology is incorporated into aircraft design and enables the noise reductions offered by those technologies to be reflected in reductions of noise experienced by communities. As noise reduction technology matures, the FAA works with the international community to determine if a new stringent noise standard is needed. If so, the international community embarks on a comprehensive analysis to determine what that new standard will be.

Compatible Land Use

GOAA has acquired property and implemented a sound insulation program in high noise exposure areas to improve the compatibility between off-airport land use and aircraft overflight activity. Local governments have enacted ordinances that require future development to be compatible with aircraft noise exposure. In addition, certain areas around MCO and ORL are subject to avigation easements (establishing the right of unobstructed flight in specified airspace), waiver of claim, and/or notice of aircraft activity. These represent forms of notification that overflights occur today or will occur in the future as a result of growth in aircraft activity and planned runway development. It should be noted that there are off-airport areas affected by aircraft operations that do not include a site specific notification.

Airport Noise Overlay District

The Aircraft Noise overlay district is intended to protect the health, safety and welfare of persons and property in the vicinity of Orlando’s two airports. Click on the airport code to view the noise environments arising from flight operations at MCO and ORL. Information on airport noise impact areas is available at Orange County Land Development, and at Municode

The Aviation Noise Abatement Committee (ANAC) has 10 voting members representing both impacted and non-impacted communities as well as technical and Aviation Authority appointed members. The Committee also has non-voting members representing various government entities and a Noise Abatement Officer. Members and the Noise Abatement Officer may be contacted via the Noise Office at: 407-825-2674 or by e-mail to the: Noise Abatement Manager

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has the authority and is responsible for controlling aircraft noise by regulating source emissions. The FAA’s Air Traffic Control has the authority to implement noise abatement operational procedures which have been recommended by the airport proprietor and have been shown to be consistent with air safety and all legal requirements.

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) is responsible for planning and implementing actions designed to reduce the effect of noise on residents of the surrounding area. Such actions include noise abatement procedures, land acquisition and other controls that do not discriminate, create an unsafe situation, impede the management of the air navigation system, or interfere with interstate or foreign commerce.

Orlando Flight Tracker is a web-based tool that allows the public to follow, capture and review flight activity in the vicinity of their homes, schools and businesses in near-real time. Noise complaints may also be filed from this site. Our goal is to provide you with useful information about flight operations taking place at Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Orlando Executive Airport (ORL). We invite you to learn, share and stay in touch.

To access Orlando Flight Tracker, please click on the map.


Orlando International Airport is managed by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, which is governed by a seven-member board the mayor of the City of Orlando, the Mayor of Orange County, and five other members who are appointed by the Governor of the State of Florida, subject to confirmation of the senate.

The airport is operated by the Chief Executive Officer, who is appointed by the Authority, and his staff of nearly 800 full-time employees.

Board Members The current list of Board Members and Aviation Authority Staff Organization The current organizational chart Employment Opportunities For employment opportunities with GOAA, call the GOAA Jobline at (407) 825-2253 or search the Job Postings page of this web site First Amendment Activities View GOAA’s First Amendment Activities Policy. Whistleblower Policy View GOAA’s Whistleblower Policy or for more information visit our Contact page

Traffic Statistics

Annual Daily
Passengers 20,588,307 56,406
Passenger Operations
(Air Carrier & Commuter)
186,790 512
Cargo Operations 8,406 23
Commercial Operations 195,196 535
Other Operations
(Military, General Aviation, etc.)
10,951 30
Total Operations
(Arrivals & Departures)
206,147 565
Passenger Airlines 17
Cargo Airlines 5
Total Airlines 22

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Passenger Market Share
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Minor adjustments may be made after reports are published. These will be reflected in the cumulative numbers (Calendar Year, Fiscal Year, Year-To-Date) on subsequent reports, and therefore the current cumulative totals may not equal the total of the individual monthly reports.

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If you need a reliable shuttle to Disney, or you’re looking for transportation from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral, look no further. We have all the answers you need.

The best way to get to your destination from Orlando International Airport is via an airport shuttle. There are many shuttle companies, and some of them are even cheaper than Uber. Check below to discover the best shuttles in Orlando and their rates.

Super Shuttle Orlando is one of the most popular shuttle companies, and it’s offering its services in Orlando. They offer a variety of flexible transportation options for Orlando (MCO) Airport and the surrounding areas, so you can ride your way.

In the following list, you can find Super Shuttle rates from MCO to Downtown, Disney World, and more:

Destination Shared Ride Non-Stop Ride
Downtown Orlando $25 $59
Disney World $31 $71
Universal Studios $24 $56
Magic Kingdom Park $31 $71
Epcot $26 $60
SeaWorld $26 $60
Orlando Science Center $22 $51
Old Town $32 $108

Where is the Super Shuttle pick-up location at MCO Airport?

Proceed to Level 1, ground transportation, exit the terminal and report to the Boarding Zone.

Terminal A: wait at Parking Space A42 for your shuttle

Terminal B: wait at Parking Space B3

Advanced reservations are required. Call Super Shuttle Orlando phone number 800-258-3826, use their website or download the app.

Mears Transportation is the official shuttle concessionaire at Orlando (MCO) Airport, serving all of Central Florida and its attractions. They offer many services, one of which is the shared ride shuttle service - the most economical option.

Want to know their prices? Rest easy, we’ve discovered Mears Sedan rates to the most popular tourist attractions below:

Destination Price
Disney World $91
SeaWorld $67
Florida Mall $56
Universal Studios $80
Epcot $90
Magic Kingdom Park $99

Mears Shuttle Orlando also offers rides to all hotels in Orlando for as low as $20.

Where is the Mears Shuttle pick-up location at MCO Airport?

Mears has four points of locations they are on Level 1 at the far ends of A and B side of each Terminal, next to the rental car counters. Shuttles run continuously, and you will be on your way within 20 minutes.

You can find out more about their rates, services, and Mears promo code on their website.

There is also a phone number you can call for additional information or booking: 407-423-5566.

GO Port Canaveral is the best shuttle to take you to Port Canaveral from MCO. You’ll get both convenient and cheap ride. The service includes luggage assistance and shared shuttle transportation on a luxury coach.

Their one-way rate from MCO to Port Canaveral is as low as $14.99.

Where is the GO Port Canaveral pick-up location at MCO Airport?

Check in at their counter located inside of Terminal A, level 1, next to the car rental counters. A representative will seat you on the next available shuttle.

Shuttles depart Orlando Airport on a regular basis from 10 AM to 1 PM.

Click here to find out more about GO Port Canaveral promo code.

Call 321-735-8833 or 855-755-4637 if you need further assistance.

Cortrans Shuttle Service is another affordable Port Canaveral shuttle available at Orlando Airport. They offer shared ride services to and from Orlando (MCO) Airport, Orlando Airport Hotels, and the Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal.

The one-way fare from MCO to Port Canaveral is $20.

Scheduled departures from MCO:

Call 407-446-3896 for reservations, or send an e-mail at [email protected]

Smart-Two Shuttle also offers transfers between Orlando Airport and Port Canaveral cruises, along with transportation assistance to Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral resorts and hotels.

The price for two people from MCO to Port Canaveral is currently $69.

Where is the Smart Two Shuttle pick-up location at MCO Airport?

Once you have your baggage, check with the porters in bright safety vests where the pre-arranged shuttle waiting area is. You will find your smart-two shuttle there.

If you have any additional questions, call them between 7 AM and 6 PM at 855-200-7678.

Happy Hour Shuttle is licensed to offer transportation to and from Orlando Airport. They can provide you with a ride to Orlando, Cocoa Beach, and Melbourne areas.

To get a quote or make a reservation, you can call Happy Hour Shuttle at 888-601-6640 (available 24 hours a day). There is also a booking form on their website you can fill and get more information via e-mail.

If you’re going to Walt Disney World Resort and staying at some of their hotels, you can get a free airport shuttle Orlando service from MCO. Disney’s Magical Express offers a complimentary airport shuttle and luggage delivery to your hotel room (as long as you arrive between 5 AM and 10 PM).

Where is the Disney’s Magical Express pick-up location at MCO Airport?

Upon arriving at the airport, find a counter in the Main Terminal Building on Side B, Level 1, in the Ground Transportation area.

If you have any questions or wish to make a reservation, call 407-939-1936.

Out-of-town Shuttles

There are many out-of-town shuttles that operate from MCO Airport and can take you to many destinations in Florida. They are available in both the A-Side and B-Side of the Terminal, on the Ground Transportation Level, at Commercial Lane spaces A14-A15 (A-Side), and B14-B15 (B-Side).

Daytona Orlando Transit (DOTS) offers rides to Flagler and Volusia Counties. If you need a ride from Orlando (MCO) Airport to Daytona, this is the shuttle for you.

The one-way fare from MCO to Daytona/DeLand/Deltona is $36.

Find out more on their website or call 386-257-5411.

If you need a shuttle to Brevard County and The Beaches, choose one of the following:

Arrow 5 Transport 407-832-1650
Busy Traveler Transportation 800-496-7433
Cocoa Beach Shuttle 321-631-4144
Melbourne Airport Shuttle 800-826-4544

Interested in their rates? We picked one shuttle to help you choose the best ride:

Cocoa Beach Shuttle offers 24-hour service, and their one-way rate for 1 person is $33. Apart from Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach transportation, they are serving entire Brevard County, Disney, Universal, and I-Drive areas as well.

Need a ride from Orlando (MCO) Airport to Highlands or Polk County?

Florida Superior Shuttle provides shuttle rides to Southwest Florida. They can take you to or from Orlando Airport, you just have to pick a destination.

Their one-way rate is $65 (airport parking and tolls included).

Call at 407-5837514 for additional information**.**

If you’re visiting Northwest Florida, Shuttleliner is a great transportation choice for you. They offer transfers between Orlando Airport and Ocala, Florida.

Their rates are as follows:

  • $45 each way for adults
  • $22 each way for children under the age of 8

To find out more, visit their website or call Shuttleliner phone number: 352-237-9900.

The Villages Transportation takes you from MCO Airport to The Villages, FL. Their shared ride shuttle has a scheduled service, and the one-way price is $40.

Their pick-up location at MCO is on the Level 1 (Ground Transportation). Walk outside and look for parking space 14, 15 or 18.

For assistance with reservations, cancellations, or general inquiries, call 352-259-9398.


Transportation Network Companies, such as Uber, Lyft, and Wingz, are allowed to pick up and drop off passengers at Orlando (MCO) Airport. If you want to use the rideshare services, make a reservation and meet your driver on the Arrivals curb (Level 2).

To give you a glimpse of their competitive prices, we picked two destinations and found their lowest estimates from MCO. You can discover them below.

Uber Orlando Airport

Lyft Orlando Airport

Wingz Orlando Airport

Orlando Airport Taxi

If you don’t like sharing a ride with others, you can always grab a taxi. There are several operators available at Orlando Airport, and you can find their numbers and locations below.

Taxi Company Phone Number
Ace Metro/Luxury Cab 407-855-1111
Diamond Cab Company 407-523-3333
Quick Cab 407-447-1444
Star Taxi 407-857-9999
Town & Country Transport 407-828-3035
Mears Taxi Yellow/City Cab 407-422-2222

Their location is in the center of the Arrivals Level (Level 2) on both A and B Side of the Terminal.

Discover approximate Orlando Airport taxi rates below:

Orlando Airport Car Service

There is a vast number of companies offering car services in Orlando. We’ve listed some companies below, but you can find all of them if you click here.

Company Phone
1st Choice Towncars (407) 790-1636
ABC Star Enterprises Inc. (407) 431-4013
Book Transportation (407) 516-3439
Cold Key Transportation (407) 900-5774
Elis Express (802) 870-0707
Fleetwood (407) 484-5253
JFC Transportation (321) 947-9266
Leader Transportation LLC (407) 680-8434
Noris Transportation (407) 240-4533
Orlando Luxury Transportation (407) 692-6430
Prestige Tours (407) 579-3300
V.I.P. Express Tours, Inc. (407) 624-9795

Rental Cars

Orlando is the largest rental car market in the world. Most of the major car rental companies are located on-site, and you can find them on the A-Side and B-Side of the Terminal on the Ground Transportation Level (Level 1).

Check all on-airport rental agencies in the following list:

Car Rental Company Phone Number
Advantage 800-777-5500
Alamo 800-327-9633
Avis 800-831-2847
Budget 800-527-0700
Dollar 800-800-4000
Enterprise 800-325-8007
E-Z Rent-a-Car 800-277-5171
Hertz 800-654-3131
National 800-227-7368
Payless 407-856-5539
Thrifty 800-367-2277

There are many off-airport companies as well you can find their contact information here.

Public Transportation

If you’re looking for the cheapest option, that is definitely public transport. You can save a lot of money and still easily get where you’re going.

Local buses at Orlando (MCO) Airport are located on the A-Side of the Terminal, on the Ground Transportation Level (Level 1), at Commercial Lane spaces A38-A41.

Lynx bus can take you to the following locations:

  • Downtown Orlando: Lines 11 and 51
  • Florida Mall: Line 111
  • SeaWorld: Line 111
  • International Drive: Line 42

Lynx fare for all destinations is $2.00.

SunRail riders may connect to Orlando Airport via the bus link to the Sand Lake Road SunRail station. SunRail operates Monday to Friday from 5:30 AM to 9:30 PM.

If you click here, you’ll see Orlando Airport map which will help you find everything you need.

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Central Florida 100: SunRail at the airport, Black History Month and the time capsule

Our panel of 100 influential leaders discusses the most important issues affecting you.

Rudolph C. Cleare, executive vice president, The Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation

Last week: RACIAL CONFLICT CONTINUES: I was walking out of my neighborhood last Sunday when a car came up behind me on a street with no sidewalks and pulled up. A middle-aged man leaned out the driver’s side window and asked for directions to Home Depot. “Turn left just up ahead beyond the high wall.” I said. The woman beside him responded, “Thanks. And Africa is back that way, (N-word),” before they sped off. Both were white. This could be a long Black History Month ahead of us. But then again, all my neighbors are the best assortment you could ask for.

Mary Lee Downey, CEO and founder of the Community Hope Center

Last week: VACCINES FOR HOMELESS: Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office freed up some of the COVID-19 vaccination supply for people under the age of 65 who are at high risk for the virus. Those experiencing homelessness were not included on the list of newly eligible candidates. We’ve been saying all along that this is a population who cannot simply shelter in place until we get around to them. Florida’s vaccine response must prioritize those who are living outdoors or bouncing between places in order to be truly effective. It’s also just the right thing to do.

Looking ahead: CENTRAL FLORIDIAN OF THE YEAR: Later this month, Orlando Sentinel will recognize the finalists for this year’s Central Floridian of the Year. I’ve been honored to hold that title for the past year, and I couldn’t be more proud of 2021's group of finalists. All of them are such incredible people who are working to better this community every day. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to go read about this year’s honorees. I’m looking forward to celebrating with this community, even if it is a virtual celebration.

Tim Giuliani, president and CEO, Orlando Economic Partnership

Last week: RESTORE INCENTIVE: Historically, the Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund (QTI) economic incentive program has been a key arrow in our region’s economic development quiver, used to successfully recruit ADP, Wyndham Destinations headquarters and KPMG’s Lakehouse, among many others. QTI “sunset” last year and it is vital the state reinstates this foundational program for new employers seeking job growth in our region as it can help revitalize the region’s currently struggling local economy. Doing so will give us an extra boost when competing with other metros to attract companies to our region, which will boost our economic recovery at a time we need it most.

Looking ahead: SUNRAIL TO AIRPORT: The Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission voted unanimously to support a study to evaluate how a SunRail connection to Orlando International Airport would benefit our residents and visitors. This is a step toward fulfilling the Orlando region’s long-term vision of a connected transportation system that alleviates road congestion and offers residents and visitors options in accessing the airport, their workplaces and/or their leisure destinations. The OIA connection, a priority outlined in the Partnership’s Alliance for Regional Transportation 2030 Report, will further our economic recovery and strengthen Central Florida’s global gateways by connecting Orlando to Miami and eventually Orlando to Tampa.

Francisco Gonzalez, philanthropy director, National Review Institute

Last week: TRAFFIC PANDEMIC: With the COVID-19 pandemic starting to take a turn, there’s another pandemic already on the rise here in Central Florida: auto accidents. As tourists come back into our region in larger numbers and as more of us take to the highways to get back to work or pursue our own travels, it is wise to be extra cautious on the roads. With the I-4 Ultimate project making more headway, lots of roads, exits, and turns have changed. Keep your eyes on the road and stay off your smartphones. And don’t forget: seat belts are more important than face masks!

Looking ahead: ORLANDO MUSIC LIVE: Live music is popping up all over Central Florida. From coffee shops to bars, even to special outdoor events held at the Plaza Live and the Dr. Phillips Center. Back in 2016, Orlando resident Chris Gonzalez (no relation) started a website: OrlandoMusicLive.com (with accompanying social media pages on Facebook and Instagram) to help local residents discover local talent as well as national tours that come through the Orlando area. As artists try to survive the pandemic and as us music fans need emotional outlets, Orlando Music Live is serving a greater purpose than ever. Check it out for your live music needs!

Jeff Hayward, president and CEO, Heart of Florida United Way

Last week: BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Since 1976, every U.S. president has designated February as Black History Month. It grew out of Negro History Week, created in 1926 by African American historian Carter Woodson. There is so much richness to celebrate. We all know the names of Jackie Robinson, Jesse Owens, Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, Barack Obama, and now, Kamala Harris and Lloyd Austin III. Take this month to learn about Jan Matzeliger, Phillis Wheatley, Claudette Colvin, Annie Lee Cooper, Dorothy Height, Jane Bolin, Benjamin Davis Sr. and Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler. Take the time to fall deep into the richness of Black history this month.

Viviana Janer, vice chairwoman, Osceola County Commission

Last week: OSCEOLA ROADS: Cross Prairie Parkway’s opening last week is evidence of Osceola County efforts to improve transportation infrastructure. Developer D.R. Horton built the road (utilizing mobility fee credits, as required by county regulations to offset the developer’s impact on the transportation network). With a design and construction cost of about $14 million, the Cross Prairie Parkway is intended to accommodate current traffic and allow for future, developer-driven growth. Meanwhile, in efforts to make travel from point A to point B easier, “Osceola Roads” continues forward with more than $200 million allocated for five priority roads – including the nearby Neptune and Partin Settlement road projects.

David Kay, rabbi, Congregation Ohev Shalom

Last week: WAIT YOUR TURN FOR VACCINE: Vaccination sites out of reach of the poor and people of color, many in the higher-risk categories. Wealthier folks heading to economically depressed areas to get their vaccines. Reports of "it's who you know" line-jumpers. Human nature -- and natural selection -- may foster the me-first impulse, but what makes us a compassionate society is the ability to understand when deferring to others is the right thing to do. Reasonable people can disagree on the exact order of priorities for COVID-19 vaccines, but it's unconscionable to elbow your way past those who clearly need it more urgently.

Looking ahead: PRESIDENTS DAY: OK, I'm showing my age: Presidents Day has never really done it for me. I grew up celebrating both Lincoln's birthday on Feb. 12 and Washington's birthday on Feb. 22. I was born in Illinois, and Honest Abe was our guy -- it even says so on the license plates. Plus, if both fell on weekdays, that meant two extra days off school during the shortest month of the year. Sure, I appreciate a three-day weekend now, but it just doesn't have the same sense of connection to the leaders it's supposed to honor. Ah, well – happy Presidents Day anyway!

Ken LaRoe, Founder, Climate First Bank I/O

Last week: TRUMP SIGNS, STILL: With President Biden’s inauguration past us, it disturbs me greatly that many have not only refused to take down their Trump signs – but have gone so far as to put up new ones and further divisions. How can bright and educated professionals truly believe that the election was rigged and the siege on the Capitol justified? What is it that they hate so badly that they refuse to listen to fact, logic or science?

Looking ahead: PRIVATE CLIMATE SOLUTIONS: The existential threat posed by the climate crisis looms large. Bogged down by partisan bickering, lobbying influences and bureaucracy, we cannot expect federal and state governments to react as quickly as is necessary. Hedge-fund manager Christopher Hohn’s campaign to bring climate regulations directly to the world’s largest companies via shareholder resolutions proves that the private sector is the answer. When these massive S&P 500 companies are required by their shareholders to clean up their act, a robust carbon market can exist.

Jeremy Levitt, distinguished professor of international law, Florida A&M University College of Law

Last week: SCOTT’S RACISM: Sen. Rick Scott, who claims to condemn all forms of racism, slammed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for spreading false conspiracies about the Parkland shooting, but failed to condemn her for making racist and anti-Semitic comments. Why? Scott also failed to condemn Gov. Ron DeSantis’ racist anti-protest bill, with laws that would have imprisoned Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Nor has Scott publicly apologized for taking a picture with neo-fascist Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio, recently arrested for burning a Black Lives Matter flag after tearing it down from a historic Black church in Washington, D.C. Black voters and allies beware!

Ricky Ly, engineer, food writer

Last week: LOOK TO THE FUTURE: Twenty-five years ago, Orange County residents buried a time capsule full of hopes for the future -- to be opened in 2020. Though just a little late due to the pandemic, local officials were present to unveil the capsule's contents including photos, letters and mementos at the Orange County Courthouse. Residents in 1995 imagined a world of reliable mass transit, clean energy, and equality for all. Though we have begun to realize some of these dreams, there is still room for more. What will come in another 25 years? It's up to us all to make it happen -- for better or for worse.

A.J. Marsden, assistant professor, Beacon College

Last week: TOO MANY HATE GROUPS: In its most recent report, the Southern Poverty Law Center revealed that hate and antigovernment groups seems to be decreasing across the United States. Last year, the group tracked 838 hate groups nationally, down from 940 in 2019. Yet, that promising trend somehow bypassed the Sunshine State. In fact, Florida — where nearly 10 percent of America’s hate groups call home — now ranks second in the U.S. for hate after California. We cannot continue to allow this hate to metastasize throughout our state. Our leadership must work to excise this cancer from all communities — no matter their demographics.

Amy Mercado, property appraiser, Orange County

Last week: TIME IN A BOTTLE: This week, Mayor Jerry Demings and others opened the time capsule planted below the courthouse some 25 years ago. Providing a rare look at what we thought the “future” would look like, contest winners’ essays were included. Curiously, a middle-schooler at the time predicted that students would learn exclusively on technology, which came to fruition over the past year. What would a time capsule planted today include? Masks and hand sanitizer for sure. Perhaps a “Black Lives Matter” sign. It’s a lesson for us all to think about how history will look back on 2021 and to strive to create a positive retrospective.

Looking ahead: SUPER BOWL SPIKE: Our neighbor down I-4 is in the spotlight as the historic Super Bowl is played for the first time with a team playing on its home field. Will that be an advantage? The crowd will be minimized due to COVID-19 restrictions – and Super Bowl partiers who tune in to cheer the Bucs should follow suit. Experts who have been trending the virus are worried that there could be a Super Bowl spike. Let’s be smart about this – stay out of bars, don’t go to parties, and stay home to watch. And go Bucs!

Muhammad Musri, president, Islamic Society of Central Florida

Last week: SCHOOL VOUCHERS: Florida’s school voucher programs won approval from Florida’s Senate education committee on Wednesday. The bill (SB 48) would provide scholarships to more students with disabilities and those from low-income families. Florida parents should have a choice where their children go to school, and how their tax dollars for schools can be used. Private schools approved for the scholarships should meet public-school requirements when it comes to teacher credentials, curriculum or facilities. Public schools should compete and raise the quality of education instead of fighting private education and keeping Florida’s education system among the lowest in the nation.

Looking ahead: CIVILIANS IN SPACE: Before the end of 2021, SpaceX plans to send the first all-civilian mission to space in its Crew Dragon capsule which will launch from the Kennedy Space Center. The trip, which will last two to four days, will have four people onboard: Jared Isaacman, CEO of Shift4 Payments, who will command the mission a St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital ambassador a winner of a ticket that will be raffled off for charity and a competition-winning entrepreneur using the Shift4 platform. Civilian space travel is finally here, thanks to SpaceX founder Elon Musk, whose goal is to enable access to space for everyone.

Pamela Nabors, president/CEO, CareerSource Central Florida

Last week: DIVERSITY PLEDGE: Although I am a part of the Central Florida 100 contributors to this column, I recently joined another group of about 100 local leaders who signed the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Pledge (DEI) promoted by the Orlando Economic Partnership. The Pledge signifies a commitment by regional businesses to stand alongside education, government, community, and faith-based organizations in promoting true discourse and changes needed to truly eliminate racism. Personally, it also means a real commitment to learning about my own unconscious bias and striving to championing a culture in our organization that actively champions diversity, equity and inclusion in our workforce. Consider joining this important cause. www.orlando.org/diversity-equity-and-inclusion-pledge/

Looking ahead: VALENTINE IDEAS: Next week, we all binge on chocolate and roses for Valentine’s Day. While this holiday's origins stem from early Christian history, these days, it is more of a Hallmark experience that creates expectations of cards, romantic dinners, and love. But celebrating by dining out might prove tricky this year, in our continued pandemic lifestyles. Better to plan a cozy dinner for two (or one -- celebrate anyway!) remaining safe at home and ordering takeout from one of the many amazing local restaurants, who need the public's support! Oh, and skip the takeout apps and ensure the local eateries get the full cost.

Kathleen Oropeza, co-founder, FundEducationNow.org

Looking ahead: FLAWED FSA: Florida should not be forcing public-school students back to classrooms to take the FSA or end-of-course exams. What are Gov. DeSantis and Commissioner Corcoran thinking? The FSA is neither reliable nor valid on a good day. During “regular” times, Florida uses the FSA to label districts, rank teachers and harm students. Given that COVID-19 has changed the way our kids are learning, the state digging in to send kids back for the FSA is tone-deaf. Remember, it’s the parents’ choice to keep kids home. Regarding end-of-course exams, the state should shake up its status quo and do it remotely as universities do.

Jim Philips, retired longtime radio talk-show host

Last week: NOT BIG BROTHER: Gov. Ron DeSantis wants Florida to punish Big Tech. The governor claims they have too much power and are censoring conservative voices. He cites George Orwell's novel "1984" and that Facebook, Twitter, et al are becoming Big Brother. DeSantis might want to re-read the book. "1984" imagines an authoritarian government, not private enterprise, that manipulates the truth to secure absolute power over its citizens. If the governor wants truth, he might finally recognize and admit publicly for the first time that Joe Biden won the White House in a free and fair election.

Looking ahead: WILL DEMINGS RUN? Will she or won't she? There's word that Florida congresswoman Val Demings may run for governor or U.S. Senate next year. The former Orlando police chief and a half-dozen other Democrats are counting on Republicans' hit and miss approach to the COVID-19 crisis as a way to garner support. especially among senior citizens who experienced a myriad of problems with vaccinations. Maybe the only thing that can save the political future for Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio is the Florida Democratic Party's seeming inability to organize a strong voter base.

Gloria Pickar, president, League of Women Voters of Orange County

Last week: SPANISH BALLOTS: Good news about voter enfranchisement for 31 Florida counties, including Brevard and Lake. A settlement has been reached in one of the largest lawsuits filed under the Voting Rights Act on behalf of 859,000 Puerto Ricans who live in Florida, including 300,000 after Hurricane Maria with limited English skills. A federal judge approved the settlement requiring Spanish-language ballots, voter-registration forms, vote-by-mail applications, translations of election websites, hotlines and voter assistance during voting. The vote is the foundation of our democracy and reading the ballot is essential to casting one’s vote. We have one less voter suppression tactic in Florida.

Looking ahead: SUNRAIL AND BRIGHTLINE: The SunRail Board unanimously approved a resolution for a feasibility study funded by Brightline to address taking SunRail to the airport from Meadow Woods station. This much-needed link would finally give Central Floridians a route to the airport on SunRail. Brightline proposes interoperability of the link and dual-use tracks with SunRail for significant cost savings. A joint-use station at Orlando International Airport Intermodal South terminal could connect Brightline from Miami and SunRail. This public-private partnership would ease expressway traffic congestion, increase SunRail ridership, reduce commuter stress, and cut carbon emissions. Let’s hope the study points the way to get the link done.

Larry Pino, attorney and entrepreneur

Last week: TWO WOLVES: As I read that Republicans refused to condemn Texas Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, an active QAnon conspiracy theorist, yet retain as a GOP leader Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who voted to impeach Donald Trump, I was reminded of the old Cherokee legend of the two wolves fighting within us. The GOP is in the fight of its life: not against the Democrats, but against itself. One wolf looks to double-down on Trump’s hold on the party the other seeks to return to the more classic Republican themes of former President Ronald Reagan. Who wins? As the legend goes: whichever one it feeds.

Looking ahead: TIME CAPSULE: One would think that the passage of 25 years should be sufficient for most of us – at least those in average adult age ranges – to have some sense of what life will look like. The opening of the time capsule buried yards away from the Orange County Courthouse in 1995, however, gives a different picture. There was no mention of the Great Recession of 2008, the Coronavirus of 2020, or the siege of The Capitol by insurrectionists – all events which could be classified as 100-year floods. Buried, instead, were messages of optimism and abundance – a spirit we, as Americans, will want to recapture.

Stephanie Porta, co-executive director, Florida Rising

Last week: POLICE VIOLENCE: We witnessed police violence once again at Florida high schools, where a student was slammed against the floor and another student was tased. These events as the Orlando Police Department conducts an assessment of protocols related to systemic racism and inequality. The department is spending hundreds of thousands, when their constituents have repeatedly explained they want to defund the police. Gov. DeSantis’ claim that he will defund cities that defund the police promotes this kind of spending and attempts to suppress communities’ ability to have their voices heard, especially communities of. We must invest in our communities and their needs -- not police departments.

Joanie Schirm, GEC founding president World Cup Orlando 1994 Committee chairman

Last week: DEMINGS SIGNIFIES CHANGE: Speculation that Val Demings is considering a run for Florida governor or U.S. Senate got my optimistic juices flowing again. Demings has proved she can be a well-prepared influential leader. Florida last had a Democratic governor nearly a quarter-century ago when Buddy MacKay carried out the final month of the late Lawton Chiles’ term. Jeb Bush followed MacKay. The rest is a history of Republican and corporate control failing to address critical needs. Spotlighted in the current pandemic woes of health care and vaccine delivery, economic and equality struggles — it’s time for a leadership change.

Looking ahead: 25 YEARS LATER: As former Orange County chairman Linda Chapin and current Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings revealed the 1995 time capsule’s memories, I was struck by citizen John Learned’s grim spot-on predictions. The “federal government will have been revolutionized due to two major events: a major financial collapse of our economy and a civil war along racial, religious and ethnic lines.” Another disappointment is the failure to establish a funding source for “reliable mass transit throughout Orlando.” We can solve this if we put our hearts to it. Maybe Mr. Learned will put his prediction on this matter in another time capsule.

Beverly Seay, chair, UCF Board of Trustees

Looking ahead: PBS DOCUMENTARY: In honor of Black History Month, WUCF TV and PBS stations nationwide are airing “Marching Forward,” a documentary produced by a UCF honors class that tells the story of two quiet local civil rights heroes, one Black and one white. Inspired by music and a sense of community, bandleaders from segregated high schools -- James “Chief” Wilson of Jones and Del Kieffner of Edgewater -- gave their students the experience of a lifetime performing at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. I have such admiration for their courage and determination in spite of the segregation and racism all around them.

Michael Slaymaker, professional fundraising executive

Last week: FROM MAYOR TO CABINET: The U.S. Senate confirmed Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary by a vote of 86-13. Moving on up from a mayor of South Bend, Ind., to taking over the Transportation Department with 55,000 employees is gigantic. Secretary Buttigieg will control a budget of tens of billions of dollars. We can expect to see green initiatives happening everywhere. But even more monumental is that he is the first openly gay person to be confirmed to a Cabinet post. Yes, LGBT people have one of their own seated at the big table. Go, Pete! Make us proud!

Last week: RAPE KIT TRACKING: Sen. Linda Stewart filed SB 1002 and Rep. Emily Slosberg the companion bill HB 673 -- DNA Evidence Collected in Sexual Offense Investigations. This legislation, if passed, will require that all forensic evidence collected from rape survivors, also known as rape kits, be electronically tracked and that victims can know where their kit is in the process. At the heart of this bill is the national problem of rape kits sitting on shelves, often for decades, while rapists go free. The time for this to end is now. Let’s ensure there is never another backlog in Florida.

Michael Zais, political blogger for thedrunkenrepublican.com

Last week: PUBLIX BOYCOTT: As for some folks advocating for a boycott of Publix because of a past donation to President Trump -- this type of intolerance of opposing viewpoints is completely antithetical to what America is all about. And it hilariously backfires every single time. The Chick-Fil-A CEO has the gall to express a religious viewpoint that marriage is between a man and a woman, the Twitter mob screams for a boycott, and lines immediately corkscrew around every store. The Goya Foods CEO outrageously praises some of President Trump’s demonstrably successful policies, another boycott ensues -- and sales double. If I’m Publix, I’m praying for a “boycott.”


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