Flights in and out of Orlando International airport have been affected by intense storms striking through Central Florida.
According to WESH2 Meteorologist Eric Burris, “A ‘Ground Stop’ has been issued for MCO due to storms in the area… This will of course impact inbound and then outbound flights.”
A 'Ground Stop' has been issued for @MCO due to storms in the area- holding some flights from heading our way. This will of course impact inbound and then outbound flights. We will be watching things closely and updating you as we get information…
Here's the current status; pic.twitter.com/XgYJXXd5m4
— Eric Burris (@EricBurrisWESH) March 18, 2023
As of 5:38 pm, 145 flights in and out of Orlando International have been delayed due to the weather. After all, air traffic through MCO, or any airport, is not just reliant upon the planes that are already parked at the gates but also on the planes that have not yet arrived. If the inbound flights can’t get to the gate, the later outbound flights can’t either.
Scores of vacations to the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort begin and end at MCO, and there are undoubtedly many families affected by this issue.
This storm surge comes as MCO experiences a landmark week. After breaking its busiest day on record–moving over 93,000 passengers through its doors–it was also reported that every single parking spot on its property was taken, suggesting that spring breakers are not just coming to Florida but leaving it as well.
At this time, only seven flights have been outright canceled, but it is unclear how many in total will be as the storms continue through the evening. If any readers are scheduled to travel through MCO this evening, we recommend that you check with the airport as well as your airline of choice for the most up-to-date information regarding your itinerary.
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Orlando International Airport is the largest and closest airport to the Theme Park capital of the world as well as the Orlando Metro Area and the Orange County Convention Center.
We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on news relating to travel in and out of MCO as more details come to light.