Walt Disney World guests had quite a week on their vacations to Orlando with Hurricane Dorian, which not only caused the early closing of the Disney Parks but also the ceasing of operations at Orlando International Airport. But, as the storm has now passed by the Central Florida area, the busy airport is officially resuming operations beginning today (Wednesday, September 4) at noon.
Orlando International Airport announced the update on their official Twitter account in a post that reads: “Orlando International Airport (MCO) will resume commercial operations at noon today. The early-morning decision was made after airport management consulted the National Weather Service about prospective wind and weather conditions.”
Hurricane #Dorian Statement – 9/4/19 Morning
Orlando International Airport resumes commercial operations today at noon.
The latest update will always be pinned to top of our page. Passengers: Please check with your airline for flight-specific updates before coming to MCO. pic.twitter.com/LGj0xiMZWe
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) September 4, 2019
For those wondering why the airport is waiting until noon for its reopening, the statement goes on to say, “Noon was determined to be the earliest time Orlando International could reasonably resume normal operations, allowing time for damage assessment, sweeping the airfield for debris, security preparations, staff callbacks for airport and federal agency employees and preparations for ground service equipment.
If you’re planning to head out of Orlando International Airport today, it’s worth noting that the post also says passengers should contact their airlines prior to arriving at the airport to ensure their flights are available. Given the uncertainty of damage or any other delays from the storm, it’s worth making a call prior to heading out on Disney’s Magical Express.
The airport first announced its closing in preparation for the hurricane on Friday, when it was announced it would be closed beginning Monday, September 2, 2019 at 2:00 A.M. However, as weather forecasts began to change for the storm’s impact on Central Florida, the airport later retracted this statement and decided to stay open until Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
Did you ride out Hurricane Dorian at Walt Disney World? let us know in the comments below!
Source: WESH 2 News