Just throwing an opinion out there regarding Orlando International. MCO
is my home base now, so I see this airport very often. Overall I really like this airport, only negative I see is that the airline mix isn't as exotic as say MIA
. Save for the afternoon European arrivals, the airport has a very domestic feel.
One thing I've noticed over the years (I've lived in Orlando for over 11 years now) is how shabby the check in areas have become. I know that the airline industry is in a slump and MCO
itself is undergoing some major renovations...but in my opinion things could be done to spruce up the check in areas.
Some cases to note:
Air Canada. AC
has at least 2 flights a day year round to MCO
, and that shoots up to 4 or 5 flights during the winter. Yet they share counter space with UA
, and the only evidence that AC
is located there is a tiny 2'X2' AC
sign propped up against a counter.
Air Jamaica. JM
has been serving MCO
since 1992, and during the summer they serve MCO
daily. Yet since they started serving the airport 11 years ago, up till now their "check in area" consists of a very shabby little sign that you almost walk past without noticing. Same goes for Bahamasair, since they are right next to JM
Fronteir. They have 2 and sometimes 3 daily flights into MCO
, yet their check in counter in nothing but a bare white wall next to US Airways, with a make shift FRONTEIR sign slapped onto the wall, and it isn't even straight.
ATA, they have a relatively large presence at MCO
with several daily flights to MDW
, yet their check in area still carries the old ATA livery that was changed over 2 years ago.
I understand that since 9/11 security has obviously taken top priority over appearance at airports, but in a city like Orlando, supposedly the top tourist destination in the world, where appearances are everything, the GOAA or the individual airlines should step up the make the airport look like the world-class facility it is.