While Orlando International Airport is still open, the number of flights and the people on those flights have decreased dramatically. No passengers from the U.K., Ireland or the EU are allowed to enter the U.S. in Orlando. Passengers from NY, NJ and CT are subject to a 14-day quarantine when arriving in Florida. This means no tourists are coming on the planes from, among other places, JFK, LGA and EWR.
It’s no surprise that while the airport is still running, services have begun to cut back.
Orlando International airport previously had five lounges servicing outbound passengers. As of today, March 26, 2020, four of those lounges have closed.
The Orlando American Admirals Club is closed, along with many others nationwide.
Delta has closed all of its SkyClubs except for these locations. Orlando is not on the list.
In addition, the Club @MCO locations announced their closure today via Twitter:
That leaves the Orlando United Club as the only lounge currently operating. United doesn’t serve that many cities from Orlando so I can’t see how it makes sense in the long term to keep this lounge open if passenger loads stay as low as they are.
Orlando airport only recently had a variety of lounge options. American opened a new lounge while United refreshed their outdated lounge. The Club opened two locations in Orlando, which were better than those offered by the airlines. Only Delta hadn’t updated their lounge since the 90s.
It’s not surprising that since both the corporate and leisure traffic to Orlando has all but vanished, there’s no longer a need for the lounges. I hope that once the traffic picks back up, whenever that may be, the lounges open back up as well.
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