OIA sees increase in international travel numbers for first time since pandemic began

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando International Airport officials said they saw an increase in international travelers for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.

According to airport officials, there were 251,000 international arrivals and departures for the month of November, a 1.74% increase from the same time period in 2020.

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Officials said the return of regular air service to the United Kingdom and Ireland, in addition to direct flights from Orlando to London, contributed to the turnaround.

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The airport also reported a record increase in domestic passengers for the same period.

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Thanks to a strong Thanksgiving holiday travel season, domestic passenger traffic increased nearly 106% to 3,633,450 travelers.

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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.