More than 45K to fly out of OIA to wrap up holiday weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. — Crews at Orlando International Airport are preparing for more than 45,000 people to fly out Tuesday as it wraps up the official Labor Day holiday travel period.

Tourism in Central Florida is on the rebound.

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Orlando International Airport officials said more than 300,000 passengers would have flown out of the airport over the holiday, which is more than they saw in 2020 and in 2019.

The Sunshine State is a top travel destination.

Visit Florida said the state had its second-best spring season ever, behind 2019.

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A representative from the agency said visitation is now just 2% behind pre-pandemic levels.

All the activity is a boost for local businesses.

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Visit Florida said the tourism industry won’t fully recover until 2024 because of the decline in international flights.