Another delay at Orlando Airport
Facts and Figures about the Airport
Orlando International Airport is found in Orange County, about 10.2 kilometres south-east of the city centre of Orlando. It is surrounded by some of Orlando’s world-class attractions such as the Ventura Country Club Golf Course, Fort Gatlin Recreational Park, Orlando Watersports Complex, Orlando Balloon Rides, Rio Pinar Country Club, Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery, Orlando Festival Park, Downtown Orlando, Orlando Amtrak Station, de Leon Springs State Park, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, and the Orange County Convention Centre. It is also located close to a number of luxurious hotels such as Fairfield Inn, Spring Hill Suites, and La Quinta Inn West.
To speak about the facilities, the airport’s on-site shops such as Apparel Design, CNN Kiosk, Zoom Systems, Smoothie King, Alfa Duty Free, Kids Works, Tek on the Go, Life is Good, and Taxco Sterling offer non-alcoholic drinks, snacks, toys, balloons, and magazines. Its restaurants such as Brioche Doree, Cold Stone Creamery, Stabuck’s Coffee, Pancho’s Spanish Bakery & Grill, and Odoba Mexican Grill all offer a variety of mouth-watering dishes and wide collection of local and exotic drinks. In addition, there are ATMs, bureau de change, a parking area, lost & found sections, shoeshine facilities, payphones, a postal drop box, and disabled facilities.
The biggest and most famous airlines serving the airport include American Airlines, flying to destinations including Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Sao Paulo, Santiago and London. British Airways flies to places such as Stornoway, Sumburgh, and Tampa. Lufthansa offers connections to Houston and Gothenburg just to name a few. Many more airlines, such as Swiss and KLM also operate from the airport.
As per now, the airport is considered the second busiest in the beautiful state of Florida after the Miami International Airport, the 13th busiest in the United States, and the 29th busiest in the world in terms of passenger traffic. It handles an average of 36 million passengers every year. Reports show that in the year 2012, about 35.4 million passengers used the airport as their preferred choice, meaning that the number of passengers increased from 2011 by 20%.
A brief history of the Orlando Airport
The facility was built during the Second World War and was mainly used by the United States Air Force as a military airbase for quite a long time. In the early 1960s, it was declared a civilian airport and a number of airlines were introduced after an agreement was reached between the United States Air Force and the McCoy Air Force Base. It was then named Orlando Jetport at McCoy. Several improvements were made to make the airport more functional.
In 1976, it gained its current name as well as international airport status. In the year 1978, the airport became a United States Service Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ). In 1979, it was declared a large hub airport by the Federal Aviation Federation (FAA) based on its passenger traffic and flight operations. A new terminal was built and the runways were expanded to open business to numerous airlines. The airport currently serves hundreds of destinations around the world through its several airlines.
Up to £480 in compensation if your flight was delayed
The 24 hour airport is usually very busy between 3:00am and 10:00am and less busy On a single day, the airport can experience 8.4% of late departures and 4% of late arrivals. Airlines such as United Airlines, Lufthansa, and Turkish Airways are fond of recording delays on a daily basis. The most reliable airlines are Air Canada, British Airways, Us Airways, KLM, American Airlines, and Swiss, followed by Aer Lingus and Delta. For more information on Orlando International Airport delays, please visit FlightStats.
Due the fact that delays are always unpredictable, it is very important for you as an aeroplane passenger to demand for compensation whenever you depart or arrive late. You can easily do this through the help of Flightright. Check if your delayed flight is eligible for compensation below!