Hundreds of Orlando Flights Canceled, Thousands of Travelers Stranded

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Credit: Frank Gray/Twitter

Over the weekend and into the early part of the week, hundreds of flights at Orlando International Airport (MCO) were canceled, leaving many Disney Parks travelers stranded.

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Credit: Orlando International Airport (MCO)

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The Orlando Sentinel reported on the situation:

Thousands of passengers this weekend had their flights canceled or delayed at Orlando International Airport leaving some without a way back home.

A total of 204 flights were canceled between Saturday and Sunday due to a combination of severe weather that ran through the Sunshine State on Saturday, personnel shortages and a high demand of customers, according MCO spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell.

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Some travelers were unhappy with how certain airlines were handling the situation. Frank Gray took to Twitter to share:

@southwest you cancel Saturday flights and leave @WPIBaseball stranded until Tuesday in Orlando without any hotel accommodations or giving them access to their luggage? Not a good look for you @SouthwestAir

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Petkash Photog KKTV also shared a photo of the airport, comparing the crowds to Disney World:

MCO In Orlando is a mess. The lines are longer here than the line to Space Mountain. It looks like numerous flights are canceled. At least the weather is perfect.

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As of today, Tuesday, March 15, 2022, flights seem to be moving much better out of MCO. You can find details about flight arrivals, delays, cancelations, and departures on the airport’s official website.

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