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Orlando airport crowds forecast to exceed pre-pandemic pack

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Traffic at Florida’s busiest airport this holiday weekend is forecast to exceed pre-pandemic crowds.

more than double what the Orlando airport experienced during the Labor Day weekend travel period last year.

Before the pandemic started in the U.S. in March 2020, the theme park mecca was the most visited place in the U.S., with 76 million visitors in 2019. That figure fell to 35.3 million visitors last year.

Officials at Orlando International Airport said Wednesday that this Labor Day weekend they are expecting more than 303,000 departures, a 7% increase above Labor Day weekend in 2019.

The official holiday travel period starts Thursday and ends next Tuesday.

If it pans out, that forecast will be

The busiest travel day of the holiday weekend is expected to be on Saturday when Orlando International Airport is forecast to have more than 53,000 departures.

“This holiday it appears many travelers are soaking in the last bit of sum- mer by taking a trip to Orlando,“ the airport said in a statement.

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