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For millions of travelers each year, Orlando International Airport (MCO) serves as the gateway to Walt Disney World, the Universal Orlando Resort, and the rest of Central Florida’s tourist attractions. Now, visitors from across the Atlantic will be able to fly a new nonstop route there thanks to one of the world’s biggest airlines. 

Delta Airlines has announced a new nonstop flight between Orlando and England in partnership with Virgin Atlantic. According to the Orlando Business Journal, this new flight will be available between MCO and London’s Heathrow Airport and will be Delta’s only direct service from Florida to the U.K. 


Service for the new route is scheduled to begin on October 26th, with this new route currently scheduled to run through March 29th of 2025. 

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Matteo Curcio, Delta’s senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India said of the new deal, “In partnership with Virgin Atlantic, our new route between Orlando and London seamlessly connects two diverse destinations, offering customers a wealth of experiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Floridians can explore London’s historic landmarks like Buckingham Palace and enjoy world-class dining, while Londoners can escape to the sunny beaches and world-famous attractions of Orlando.”

The timing of the deal lines up with the massively busy holiday season at Walt Disney World, which means that European visitors who look to take advantage of it can also take in Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, Jollywood Nights at Hollywood Studios, and the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. 

Magic Kingdom During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

Those potential international travelers will also have to deal with Disney’s latest update to their skip-the-line system: Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Lightning Lane Single Pass. These new systems will allow guests to purchase and book Lightning Lanes before their trip (seven days out for Disney hotel guests, and three days out for non-hotel guests). However, there’s still some confusion as to when international travelers will be able to book/whether they’ll need to be in the U.S. already to do so. For now, Cast Members are reporting that international visitors will need to be in the U.S. in order to book Lightning Lanes ahead of time. The program launches on July 24th, so hopefully these kinks will be ironed out by the time the first Delta flights on this route kick off in October. 


Passengers flying from England to Orlando are going to have a brand-new, non-stop option from Delta available to them beginning this October. Stay tuned to DFB for further travel updates! 

Destination: Disney World! Flying To and From Orlando International Airport (MCO)

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