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Orlando Florida International Airport - MCO

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Monday May 29, 2017

Most vacationers and business travelers to central Florida enter and exit the Orlando area at the Orlando International Airport under the airport code of MCO.  Formally an Air Force Base before it was melded into a commercial/military airport landing strip, the Orlando Airport transformed into one of the busiest gateways into the United States as millions of travelers seek out the area's theme parks, beaches, outdoors and sunshine.

The History of the Orlando International Airport

Prior to the 70's the airport was a military base that transformed from a small Strategic Air Command (SAC) installation to the massive sprawling commercial and private airport it is today.  Originally named the Pinecastle AFB in the 1940's & 1950's the base was renamed after Colonel Michael Norman Wright McCoy after his fatal aircraft accident in 1957.  Hence the name McCoy Air Force Base which has stayed with the Orlando facility in it's airport code MCO to this day.

While the USAF and commercial airlines shared the runways during the sixties the commercial transformation to an international airport was completed in the mid 1970's when the Air force base was completely dismantled and decommissioned, the small adjacent naval station retained the right to utilize the runways for military training and operations as needed as well as the local National Guard facility that were already on premises.

Since the early United States Air Force days, the Orlando International Airport has seen a remarkable transformation from a small terminal with walk-in traffic to the huge sprawling modern facility with massive parking facilities, hotels, car rental companies and TRAM terminal transportation. As Orlando has grown in popularity and size it's airport has become a focal point and gateway for regional and International travelers.

Central Florida's Travel Gateway to Area Attractions and Activities

Most Orlando travelers can be divided into two distinct demographical groups, the vacationer and the business traveler with special emphasis on the recreation minded.  Corporate trips for business people attending conferences and trade shows are more prevalent during the cooler months before and after the holiday season. The close proximity to the Orlando Airport is an important factor to event organizers as they strive to accommodate attendees during their visit. Orlando International Airport is literally minutes from Cocoa Beach and the great outdoors and has similar drive times to all the area attractions and conference centers.

Orlando Charter Fishing Captain

Hello Travelers,
After your flight and landing at the Orlando International Airport, grab you luggage and head on over for a morning of fishing in the beautiful lagoons directly east of the airport.

If you're looking for a great alternative to relax and enjoy yourselves while visiting the Orlando Florida area, please consider a day basking in the glorious sunshine while pulling in a few nice fish. The world famous Indian River Lagoon offers vacationers a wonderful way to unwind between theme parks and for business travelers a break during trade shows and conferences.

Come aboard one of my vessels for a day of leisure and pleasure while I guide you to some of the inland and offshore angling opportunities in America after you fly into the Airport at Orlando, Florida.

Captain Richard Bradley
Lagooner Fishing Guide

Information about Central Florida's busiest International Airport in Orlando

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

Author Captain Richard Bradley

Captain Richard Bradley is the author and contributor for many of the articles written on the Lagooner website. Richard is a professional fishing guide, taking anglers in his native waters near the Banana and Mosquito Lagoons on Florida's central east coast almost three hundred trips seasonally. When not charter fishing, Captain Richard enjoys time with his family surfing, fishing, camping and various other outdoor activities.

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