Thanks to more airlines resuming service to Orlando — including international flights — and heightened health and safety procedures at our airports, it’s increasingly easy to visit the Theme Park Capital of the World.
Missing Orlando? Rest assured that the wonder remains, including open-air theme park fun, one-of-a-kind attractions, posh resorts, enticing restaurants, out-of-this-world shopping, wild outdoor adventures, uplifting arts and culture, and other reasons to visit. And with international travel set to resume in November, people from all over the world can once again experience everything Orlando has to offer!
When you’re ready to fly, you’ll be glad to know that airlines providing service to Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) have also stepped up their safety plans, as have the airports themselves — and better yet, some of the biggest players have already resumed service to Orlando or are scheduled to do so in the coming months. Get a look at who’s flying and how our airports are working to keep you safe ahead of your next visit to the Theme Park Capital of the World!
Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified. Learn more about healthy travel in Orlando, and check with your favorite attractions and other businesses for their current status.
Airline Updates From Orlando
Many of your favorite airlines have already resumed service to Orlando, with others set to follow soon — including international flights, which are now set to resume in November 2021. Here’s some news you can use before booking your next flight!
Airlines Resuming Service to Orlando Through December 2021
Still waiting on your airline of choice to reopen routes to Orlando International Airport? Check this list, they might be on it! Or, get Orlando International Airport’s latest flight updates at OrlandoAirports.net. Just keep in mind that all scheduled flights are subject to change.
- Frontier Airlines: Columbus, OH; Des Moines, IA; New York/Stewart, NY
- Spirit Airlines: Cartagena, Colombia — Oct. 1 & 4, 2021 only (*); Manchester, NH
- WestJet: Calgary, Alberta (*)
- Alaska Airlines: San Francisco, CA
- Avelo Airlines: New Haven, CT
- Frontier Airlines: Bloomington, IL; Burlington, VT; Cartagena, Colombia — resumes permanent service Nov. 18, 2021 (*); Cedar Rapids, IA; Colorado Springs, CO; Cozumel, Mexico (*); El Paso, TX; Fargo, ND; Fayetteville/Springfield, AR; Ft. Myers, FL; Green Bay, WI; Harlingen, TX; Kansas City, MO; Knoxville, TN; Liberia, Costa Rica (*); Little Rock, AR; Madison, WI; Montego Bay, Jamaica (*); Nassau, Bahamas (*); Omaha, NE; Pensacola, FL; Phoenix, AZ; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (*); San Salvador, El Salvador (*); Sioux Falls, SD
- Southwest Airlines: Syracuse, NY
- Spirit Airlines: Cartagena, Colombia (*); Miami, FL; Pensacola, FL; San Salvador, El Salvador (*)
- Sun Country Airlines: Madison, WI
- Aer Lingus: Manchester, England (*)
- Air Canada: Quebec City, Quebec (*)
- Avianca Airlines: Cali, Colombia (*)
- Frontier Airlines: Antigua & Barbuda (*); Belize City, Belize (*); Providenciales, Turks & Caicos (*)
(*) – Subject to government approval/removal of travel bans/opening of borders.
This low-fare carrier has announced 17 new non-stop routes to Orlando. Launching in late 2021, Frontier’s new Orlando routes are scheduled to include:
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Belize City, Belize
- Bentonville, AR
- Cedar Rapids, IA
- Cozumel, Mexico
- El Paso, TX
- Fargo, ND
- Fort Myers, FL
- Harlingen, TX
- Liberia, Costa Rica
- Montego Bay, Jamaica
- Nassau, The Bahamas
- New Windsor, NY
- Pensacola, FL
- San Salvador, El Salvador
- Sioux Falls, SD
- Turks & Caicos
This popular airline isn’t just providing service to Orlando. They’re also giving passengers access to virtual, on-demand customer service at their hubs, resulting in an easy, contact-free way to get real-time information and support.
To call, text or video-chat live with an agent, just scan the QR codes displayed on signage throughout United’s hub airports to access “Agent on Demand.” From there, you can get answers to any questions you might ask at the gate, including queries about seat assignments, upgrades, flight status and more. It’s also multilingual thanks to the service’s translation functionality!
This airline is now offering two weekly flights between Honolulu and Orlando International Airport, making the latter the only airport in Florida to offer direct access to and from the Aloha State.
Safety Enhancements at Orlando Airports
Given the fact that it’s J.D. Power & Associates’ No. 1 mega airport in the southeastern U.S. for customer satisfaction, it’s no surprise that Orlando International Airport is committed to the safety of passengers and employees. To that end, MCO and the onsite Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport worked hard to achieve the Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s (GBAC) Star Accreditation — the gold standard of safe venues.
Orlando International Airport has also developed an enhanced cleaning schedule and implemented updated security procedures from the TSA. The facility further requires that all 22,000 badged airport employees wear facial coverings inside airport public areas to better safeguard travelers and staff. Badged personnel are maintaining social distancing wherever practicable, too, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Orlando’s premier airport even provides you with fast access to a variety of face masks, hand sanitizers and similar equipment courtesy of personal protective equipment (PPE) vending machines.
MCO and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority have continued to work closely with federal and local partners on COVID-19-related developments. Located about 30 minutes from our tourism districts, Orlando Sanford International Airport is similarly partnering with government officials and the CDC to help protect you. As a result, Orlando is one of the safest destinations for air travel — and we strive to keep that peace of mind going the whole time you’re here.
Please note: Effective Jan. 26, 2021, all air travelers entering the U.S. are required to produce a negative COVID-19 test prior to admittance. A negative viral test, required to be taken up-to three calendar days before arrival to the United States, is required for everyone 2 years or older.
Don’t Forget REAL ID!
If you’re planning on flying to Orlando on or after May 3, 2023, make sure to secure REAL ID-compliant identification before your departure!
Learn more: REAL ID
Starting May 3, 2023, the REAL ID Act requires that domestic U.S. travelers ages 18 and up must possess a REAL ID-compliant card issued by their state’s driver’s-licensing agency — or an acceptable alternative — in order to fly on commercial aircraft. Acceptable alternatives include U.S. passports, as well as Enhanced Driver’s Licenses (EDLs) issued by Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Washington.
To see if your driver’s license or state-issued ID is REAL ID-compliant, check the upper portion. Depending on your state of residency, REAL ID cards will display a gold star, a black star, a gold circle with white star, a black circle with white star, or (in California only) a gold bear with white star.
If you haven’t started the process to get your REAL ID or acceptable alternative, it’s time to get moving. Then, buckle up for the wondrous adventure of a lifetime in the Theme Park Capital of the World!
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