Chris Sloan visits Orlando to learn more about a multi-billion dollar addition to the Sunshine State’s primary leisure gateway
After decades of neglect, many American airports are enjoying a renaissance era of building and redevelopment. In the last few years alone, once unloved and outmoded facilities such as New York/LaGuardia, Salt Lake City, Chicago/O’Hare, Los Angeles, and New Orleans have unveiled dazzling terminals that rival their international counterparts. Orlando International (MCO) is the latest airport to leap to the top of this rapidly growing list, following the recent inauguration of its new South Terminal C (STC).
Orlando itself needs little introduction. MCO serves a fascinating catchment area and is slap-bang in the middle of an unrivalled leisure playground. Between Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Port Canaveral’s massive cruise port, and of course NASA, there’s no shortage of world-class attractions on its doorstep.