NEWS: More Airlines Will Offer Direct Flights to Orlando SOON!

After a year of the travel industry experiencing major downfalls during the global health crisis, things are finally started to look up for airlines.

Universal Orlando Store at the MCO Airport

Now that the CDC has stated that fully vaccinated people may resume travel, more passengers have continued to return back to airports. Additional flights have been added to various airline companies, as more people begin flying again.

According to the Orlando Business Journal, now there will be almost 30 destinations returning or starting for the first time this summer that connect Central Florida to locations around the world.


Airlines like Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Emirates and more will bring more flights back to the Orlando International Airport during one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. These flights will have varying availability, ranging from seasonal, once a week, or multiple times throughout the week.

Traveling to the Orlando International Airport

According to the Orlando Business Journal, the airport newsletter stated, “Airlines at MCO currently have service to 89 domestic and 12 international destinations. Airlines continue to see the value of the Orlando market and have increased their route offerings accordingly. International travel restrictions due to Covid-19 remain as the main reason international service resumption has been limited.”

Airport Crowds

Here is the full list of flights you’ll be able to find this summer, as listed by the Orlando Business Journal:

Aer Lingus

  • New nonstop service from Manchester, U.K., starting July 29th

American Airlines

  • Year-round daily flights to Austin starting May 6th
  • Summer seasonal Saturday-only flights from Birmingham, Alabama; Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Memphis, Tennessee; Nashville, Tennessee; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Flights start June 5th

Frontier Airlines

  • Nonstop flights to Rochester, New York, starting May 20th; San Jose, Costa Rica, starting July 1st; and St. Maarten, starting July 10th

Hawaiian Airlines

  • Flights to Honolulu from June 1st to August 10th

Silver Airways

  • Flights from Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina, starting in November and December, respectively.

Southwest AIrlines

  • Saturday flight to Houston starting April 17th

Spirit Airlines

  • New daily routes to Louisville, Kentucky, starting May 27th, St. Louis starting May 27th, and Milwaukee starting June 24th

Sun Country

  • Starting September 2nd, two new flights to Indianapolis and Hartford, Connecticut.

Viva Air

  • Three weekly flights to Medellin, Colombia, starting on June 10th

Three international carrier will also resume flights as travel restrictions are lifted and government approval is given:


  • Flights will resume to Dubai on June 2nd


  • Flights will restart to Frankfurt, Germany, on June 2nd

Virgin Atlantic

  • The airline will fly to Belfast, Glasgow, London, and Manchester in June
MCO Airport

Despite the fact that so many airlines are reinstating flights, it will take a while before the airline industry recovers from the past year. As reported by the Orlando Business Journal, John Grant, a senior analyst with the London-based aviation data firm OAG, said, “Not before 2023-24 at a global level. Some countries will get there quicker than others; seasonality also can be a key factor in some markets.”

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We’ll be sure to keep you updated on everything you need to know before you travel next! Stay tuned with All Ears for the latest news!

Airfares may be going up, but you can still find cheap flights to Disney World!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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