Orlando Airport adds new amenities as air travel surges

1 September 2020 (Last Updated September 1st, 2020 19:18)

Orlando International Airport (MCO) in the US state of Florida has added new amenities and retail spaces following a gradual increase in its passenger numbers.

Orlando Airport adds new amenities as air travel surges
The terminal of Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida. Credit: Dough4872.

Orlando International Airport (MCO) in the US state of Florida has added new amenities and retail spaces following a gradual increase in its passenger numbers.

The airport has deployed automated hand sanitiser stations and placed eight new retail vending machines throughout the terminal.

The vending machines, located throughout the four airsides, will feature cosmetics, headphones, cables and adapters, among other items.

The move will help passengers to purchase such items without interaction, minimising Covid-19 contagion risks.

MCO, which was the busiest airport in the state last year, is currently handling around 20,000 passengers for departure every day.

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority CEO Phil Brown said: “Updating the type of products the travelling public can purchase at Orlando International improves customer service and the overall experience at our world-class airport.

“Beyond that, it was also crucial for us to create a retail experience that reduces human interaction as we continue to combat the coronavirus.”

The airport is also adding two new Service Animal Relief Areas at the site after opening two such facilities last year.

GOAA Maintenance director Gary Hunt said: “We were pleased with the positive response we received when we opened the first two relief areas last year.

“We had always planned to build two more at the other airsides, offering an animal-friendly experience for all passengers.”

Last year, Orlando International Airport handled more than 50 million passengers, making it the tenth busiest airport in the US.

Earlier this year, the airport reported significant fall in passenger numbers due to the Covid-19 pandemic.