At Florida’s two main airports, which will have millions of passengers pass through them over the holiday travel season, officials predict it will be as busy as before the outbreak.
A period beginning in mid-December and lasting through the first few days of the new year is anticipated to see 2.9 million people pass through Orlando International Airport, the busiest airport in the state and the seventh busiest airport in the United States last year.
That would represent a 17% rise over the same time frame the previous year when 2.5 million people used the airport.
During the holiday travel period, which runs from December 21 through January 6—Three Kings’ Day, the final Christmas observance observed by many Christians in Latin America and Spain—Miami International Airport is anticipated to receive 2.5 million travelers.
That would represent a 1.5% rise over the historically successful holiday travel season in 2017.
The day following New Year’s Day is anticipated to be the biggest travel day at Orlando airport, with an estimated 162,000 passengers scheduled to arrive and depart from the airport.
The busiest travel days at the Miami airport are anticipated to be this week’s Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, as well as the Friday before and following New Year’s Day.
According to airport officials, an estimated 157,000 passengers per day are anticipated to use the airport on those days.
Over two weeks, beginning on Wednesday, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport anticipated about 1.6 million travelers.
If that prediction comes true, it will be 13% busier than in the same period last year but less crowded than the 1.8 million passengers who went before the epidemic in 2019.
According to AAA, 6.3 million Floridians will travel 50 miles or more during the holiday season, most of whom use a car.
According to AAA, 5.8 million Floridians planned to drive this year, a 3% rise from the previous year.
The ports of Florida were also anticipated to be crowded with passengers from holiday cruises.
On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve of this year, Port Canaveral on Florida’s Space Coast is anticipated to shatter one-day cruise records.
On Christmas Eve, over 52,000 passengers are anticipated to board or disembark from five cruise ships; on New Year’s Eve, 57,000 passengers are expected to board or alight from six cruise ships.