Many Guests who have been stuck at Walt Disney World during Hurricane Ian have been stranded desperately trying to get back home. We recently reported that Orlando International Airport (MCO), which is the 7th busiest Airport in the country, would be closed to all but emergency flights Wednesday September 28, 2022. The airport recently announced that the closure would extend through Thursday September 29, 2022. All flights for today have been canceled.
The airport cited that the roads surrounding the airport were flooded and would therefore be unsafe if not impossible to traverse. Orlando was pummeled with approximately 10 inches of rain over the course of the last two days which leads to dangerous conditions. Since the area is so flat there is no clear path for the water to runoff into to drain making standing water a real threat.
The airport estimates that flights will resume Friday September 30, 2022 but has yet to state exactly when as it is pending a damage assessment to be completed after maintenance staff can safely return to the airport. Since its closure on Wednesday, an emergency plan has been enacted at MCO to “secure” the facility.
Though flights are expected to resume tomorrow, it is possible they will not resume until much later in the day. Of course, with no idea if any damage has been done there is the possibility they will not resume tomorrow at all. If you or a loved one happens to have an early flight scheduled for Friday morning it would probably be wise to begin making alternate arrangements.
You can the official announcement below:
Orlando Sanford Airport, which is the nearest airport to MCO, also remains closed until Friday. This is an ongoing emergency and information has the potential to change rapidly. We are following the situation closely and will update with further announcements just as soon as they are made official.