Orlando airport expects near pre-pandemic number of travelers Memorial Day weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. — The biggest travel weekend in more than a year is officially underway.

Many people in Central Florida are already on the move after last year’s Memorial Day holiday was wiped out by the pandemic.

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A lot of people are expected down here in Central Florida for the weekend. AAA said Orlando is its No. 1 market for travel bookings this holiday weekend.

Officials at Orlando International Airport are expecting traffic to approach pre-pandemic numbers.

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The airport expects to have 56,000 people departing OIA on Friday, which is 11,000 more than those who took off in the entire six-day travel period surrounding Memorial Day last year.

The airport believes the proliferation of vaccines and the pent-up demand for travel is fueling the activity.

Jeff Deal, WFTV.com

I joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in 2006.

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.