Orlando traffic grows ahead of tender

By Doug Newhouse |

As it prepares to release its duty free tender documents, Orlando International Airport (MCO) reports that it handled 2.7m passengers in the month of February (+4.2) with international traffic up by 4.18% to 255,321 passengers, continuing the healthy trend seen in 2010 where international traffic passed the 3m level for the first time.

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) confirmed to TREND last month that is to tender a seven-year duty free concession at Orlando International Airport this month, covering the two existing shops in Terminals ‘A’ and ‘B’ next month, according to GOAA’s Manager of Concessions Linda Baratta.

International passenger traffic passed the 3m level for the first time in the airport’s history last year – up 9.0% to 3,245,799.

Commenting on this year’s trend to February, Phil Brown, Executive Director of GOAA said: “Our domestic growth rate of 4.2% was above the national average of 2.8% for February. Combined with strong international traffic numbers our overall monthly totals pushed past last years’ figures”.

The current duty free operator at Orlando with two shops is the Alpha-Keys Orlando Retail Associates Partnership (now Aldeasa/Autogrill) which has held the business for many years.



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