The vacation journey season this yr is predicted to rival the busiest seasons earlier than the coronavirus pandemic at Florida’s two most bustling airports

ByThe Related Press

December 19, 2022, 5:09 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. — The vacation journey season this yr is predicted to rival the busiest seasons earlier than the pandemic at Florida’s two most bustling airports, which can see tens of millions of vacationers passing by them, officers stated.

Orlando Worldwide Airport, the state’s busiest airport and the seventh busiest airport within the U.S. final yr, is predicted to host 2.9 million passengers throughout a interval that began in mid-December and extends by the primary few days of the brand new yr. That will mark a 17% enhance over the identical interval final yr when 2.5 million vacationers handed by the airport.

Miami Worldwide Airport is predicted to host 2.5 million passengers for a vacation journey interval that lasts from Dec. 21 by Jan. 6, which is Three Kings’ Day, the ultimate Christmas celebration noticed by many Christians in Latin America and Spain. That will mark a 1.5% enhance over the record-breaking vacation journey season final yr.

The busiest journey day on the Orlando airport is predicted to be the day after New 12 months’s Day, with an estimated 162,000 vacationers arriving at and departing the airport.

On the Miami airport, the busiest journey days are anticipated to be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week, the Friday earlier than New 12 months’s Day and the Thursday and Friday after New 12 months’s Day. On these days, an estimated 157,000 vacationers are anticipated to cross by the airport every day, airport officers stated.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Worldwide Airport was anticipating virtually 1.6 million passengers over two weeks beginning Wednesday. If that estimate holds, will probably be 13% busier than final yr’s journey quantity however wanting the pre-pandemic 1.8 million passengers who traveled throughout the identical interval in 2019.

Through the vacation season, AAA anticipated 6.3 million Floridians to journey 50 miles or extra from house, with the majority of vacationers getting round by automobile. About 5.8 million Floridians had been planning to hit the street by automobile, a 3% enhance over final yr, in accordance with AAA.

Florida’s ports additionally had been anticipated to be full of vacationers from vacation cruises.

Port Canaveral on Florida’s Area Coast is predicted to interrupt one-day cruise information on Christmas Eve and New 12 months’s Eve this yr. Round 52,000 passengers are anticipated to get on or off 5 cruise ships on Christmas Eve, and 57,000 passengers are anticipated from six cruise ships on New 12 months’s Eve.

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