Rockets and satellites are ingrained in
the ethos of the Space Coast, but when
residents want to go see the world, they
head to Melbourne Orlando International
Airport, gateway to the Space Coast.
Where once World War II planes took to
the skies, commercial jets now connect
Brevard to all corners of the globe.
Currently undergoing a $72 million
expansion, the airport will emerge with
a significantly enhanced passenger
experience that includes the addition of
86,000 square feet of new facilities and
improvements to existing areas. New gate
areas will reflect Brevard’s coastal vibes
and feature a new restaurant and retail
options with local flair.
Last year, the airport welcomed TUI, the
world’s leading holiday company and the
United Kingdom’s top holiday provider,
to its new hub for all United Kingdom
travelers to Central Florida. Several daily
transatlantic flights from Melbourne
Orlando International make the journey
across The Pond a hop for more than
150,000 British tourists a year.
A brand-new, four-lane security checkpoint
includes the latest TSA technology to
ensure a quick and comfortable departure
Three new jet bridges will handle widebody
aircraft such as TUI’s 300- and
345-seat Boeing 747 Dreamliners.
In addition to TUI, Delta flies several
times daily to Atlanta, the airline’s largest
hub. American Airlines offers daily
flights to Charlotte, North Carolina, and
Allegiant offers twice-weekly nonstop
service to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and
Quick access via Interstate 95 makes the
airport a breeze for departures and arrivals.
Parking lot to the gate takes only minutes,
without the hustle and bustle of other
airports in nearby metropolitan areas.
No convoluted car rental bus rides are
anywhere in sight, for cars from all major
rental car companies are available on-site.
Adjoining the airport is the new 143-room
Hyatt Place, a four-star, five-story hotel
featuring inspired guestrooms, premium
suites, coffee bar, fitness studio, rooftop
bar, outdoor terraces and high-tech, multispace
conference facilities with energizing
design and insightful in-room technology.
A planned covered walkway will link the
hotel and terminal for additional comfort
on rainy days, which are not that many in
Brevard. Customers will be able to station
their personal or corporate aircraft near
the hotel and enter directly into the lobby.
Melbourne Orlando International Airport
is particularly supportive of passengers
with nonvisible disabilities such as autism,
speech impediments and chronic pain,
making their journey easier through the
unique Sunflower Program.
One of the first smaller airports in the
nation to implement this level of assistance,
Melbourne Orlando International has
incorporated the program, which creates
a more inclusive environment by providing
passengers with nonvisible disabilities
with a sunflower lanyard or similar
product that discreetly alerts airport
staff to the possibility that the individual
may require additional support.
Not only is the airport an efficient and
convenient destination from which to
travel, it is also a pretty location, thanks to
its partnership with Brevard Art Alliance’s
Art in Public Places program, which displays
the works of some of Brevard’s finest artists.
There is a reason Melbourne Orlando
International Airport was voted the most
scenic airport in North America and the
fourth in the world by PrivateFly.com from
2017 to 2019. Take-offs and landings fly
over gleaming beaches, shimmering oceans
and stunning wild areas. Ocean breezes
greet travelers at the airport, as does a
warm, small-town atmosphere. Air travel
may have become a painful experience at
many airports, but at Melbourne Orlando
International, it is a pleasure.
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