Orlando Airport prepares to welcome back the travelling public

(Photo: Orlando Airport)

The management team at Orlando International Airport, Florida (IATA: MCO), is taking measures to prepare for the resumption of normal commercial activity. The airport said it is anticipated this to happen in the coming weeks as state and local officials finalise plans to fully reopen the state.

“The safety of the travelling public is of the utmost importance to us and our partners,” said Phil Brown, CEO of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “For the last several months, we have taken action for safe and clean facilities to best protect the travelling public and employees from the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, we focus on rebuilding confidence for passengers that we’re doing what we can to maintain a safe environment.”

Passengers arriving at MCO will see signage around the main terminal building to encourage the safe practice of social distancing. Orange cones will be used as visual markers to separate parties by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended six feet of space. Social distancing markers will be strategically placed at security checkpoints and near ticket counters. Acrylic protective screens are being installed at ticket counters and at retail and food outlets. Hand sanitiser stations remain located throughout the terminal and airside.

The airport said an enhanced cleaning schedule, which started earlier this year, continues as it prepares for the return of higher passenger traffic. That cleaning includes an increased cleaning frequency of high touch point areas like elevator buttons, chairs, handrails and other high traffic areas. When travelling on trams to the airside areas, passengers will see an increase in cleaning crews in or around the area. Orlando International leaders strongly encourage travellers to wear a face mask or covering when at the airport.

The following airlines that operate at Orlando International are requiring (or soon will require) passengers to wear face masks when they travel:

  • American
  • Delta
  • Alaska Airways
  • Frontier
  • JetBlue
  • Spirit
  • Southwest
  • United

The airport said Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) employees have worked an adjusted schedule for more than a month. It explained that those with essential work assignments in the building have been adhering to a rotating schedule to ensure the proper social distancing guidelines are met. Other GOAA employees have worked remotely. It added that when Aviation Authority employees begin to resume normal work hours, they will observe protocols that will determine best safety practices including wearing face masks and proper spacing within work areas.

Concessions within the terminal will continue to work with airport officials to determine when businesses will reopen and address any additional measures that will be taken to safeguard employees and passengers.

The airport is working with the airlines to determine what connections and service routes will be available as the state continues the reopening process.