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An estimated 3 million people will use Orlando airport this season

Holiday Travel Chicago
Charles Rex Arbogast
Southwest Airlines ticketing agent Karen, helps a departing family at Chicago's Midway Airport just days before a major winter storm. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Orlando International Airport is gearing up for one of its busiest holiday travel seasons since before the pandemic, and now winter storms could complicate things.

As many as three million people could pass through Orlando International Airport this holiday season, between now and January 2nd.

That’s a 17 percent increase over the same time last year.

The busiest travel day is expected to be Monday, January 2nd, while the slowest day will be Christmas. Still, over 136,000 people could use the airport that day.

With winter storms expected to cause flight delays and cancellations, passengers are reminded to check with their individual airline before coming to the airport.

American Airlines, JetBlue, Delta Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and Alaska Airlines have already waived fees to change or cancel flights.

If your flight is still on, arrive at least three hours before departure and consider an alternate mode of transportation to MCO as on-site parking usually fills up.

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter at WMFE. You can hear her reporting on a daily basis on the station. She also fills-in as a host during the morning and afternoon drive times. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and Vox. Danielle is originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan and is a graduate of both the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. In her free time, she enjoys playing her guitar, writing fiction, and cooking.
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