NEWS: Flying to Orlando With Southwest Airlines Could Get EASIER This Month

Yep, you saw that right! Flying into the Orlando Airport could get easier soon, thanks to some changes that Southwest Airlines has planned.

Southwest Airlines

We love to share our tips and tricks when it comes to flying into Orlando. We’ve covered everything from unspoken rules of the airport to the best ways to have a seamless experience with security, and we even keep up with new flight routes added to the busy airport. If you’ve ever found yourself frustrated just trying to get to your gate, things could be changing sooner than you think!

Southwest Airlines may be on to something here. According to an article in the Orlando Sentinel, the airline giant says it will be boosting flights by 25% shortly and aims to make MCO its Florida “hub” for international flights.

Orlando International Airport

Of the current 38 airlines that fly into MCO, Southwest is looking to increase its volume of flights in and out of the Orlando airport starting this spring. Southwest’s COO, Andrew Watterson, recently went on the record to promise that we would see Southwest Airlines increase by “25 percent growth this March year over year.”

Orlando International Airport

Starting next month, Southwest expects to start its ambitious expansion into 145 weekday departures and 180 Saturday departures. These increases will set a record high to date for the airline at Orlando’s bustling airport.


When asked how this increase in growth exploded for the company, Watterson cited several contributing factors, including the fact that Southwest doesn’t charge for a passenger’s first two bags, keeping transaction lines low, and more.


The more flight options available to YOU, the easier it is to book a flight to Disney World! Plus, Southwest’s two free bags perk is a RARE bonus — especially for families traveling with a lot of luggage.

Orlando International Airport

We’ll be keeping our eye on the increase in flights from Southwest Airlines and how that may affect your future travels to Orlando and beyond. Make sure to check back in with us as we continue to follow the changes.

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6 Replies to “NEWS: Flying to Orlando With Southwest Airlines Could Get EASIER This Month”

  1. Southwest is my first choice every time I love to Jamaica. The airline is considerate with it’s compensation. I hope they will start flying into Norman Manley Airport. I also wish I had apartime job with them especially during the holidays. LOVE LOVE SOUTHWEST

    1. Southwest Airlines opened it’s routes from Columbus Ohio to Midway (Chicago) in 1992. That was the same year our son went to college and made the varsity soccer team as a freshman. Every weekend we flew SWA to see him play no matter where the team went – Texas, California, Colorado etc. The fare to Chicago and back was $19!! Each Way!! We have continued bto be faithful customers and always will!!

  2. I love Southwest l. Not only for the two free checked bags, but the excellent safety record. Their staff is very friendly from the counter to the plane. Always fly SWA ❤️.