Guests traveling to and from Florida will want to be aware of huge flight delays. Find out how this will affect your travel plans.
Orlando International Airport
It is no secret that Orlando International Airport (also known as MCO) has only gotten busier over the past few years. This year it was named one of the 10 busiest airports in the United States.
Back on December 16th, members of the leadership team at Orlando International Airport held a press conference to advise travelers on what to expect this holiday season. MCO projects that approximately 3 million travelers will utilize the airport in the next 19 days alone.
On December 22nd, we shared that many flights were canceled and even more delayed due to wintry weather conditions. Now, delays once again wreak havoc for this busy airport.
More flight delays are piling up, but this time this is not weather related. Earlier today, January 2nd, the Air Traffic Control at Miami’s International Airport went down. Not only does this directly affect the Miami International Airport, but this is now creating a ripple effect throughout all of Florida.
According to Eric Burris with WESH 2, flights heading into Florida are running with delays of up to 3 hours or more. This affects airports in Miami, Naples, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando.
Flight Aware shares, that at the time of this writing, Orlando International Airport has had 408 flight delays so far and 48 cancelations. Unfortunately, this number will grow as the day continues.
The Air Traffic Control at Miami’s International Airport went down. Not only does this directly affect the Miami International Airport, but this is now creating a ripple effect throughout all of Florida.
Travelers are encouraged to check the airport’s website as well as their airline to check the status of their flight prior to heading to the airport. This will be something to consider for both travelers heading toward Orlando and also those travelers hoping to return home.
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