Opa-locka Executive Airport’s new terminal for private jet passengers makes quite an impression. With a sleek interior and lounge area, the terminal is definitely moving the airport away from its former military training days. And with Miami’s growing reputation as an luxury playground, it’s no wonder that Miami airports like Opa-locka are seeing an increase in private jet traffic.
The increase in celebrities, hedge-fund investors, and wealthy international visitors flying to Miami to attend events, such as Art Basel, or to hop over to the easily-accessible Caribbean Islands, has been a major factor in Opa-locka Executive Airport’s growing popularity. The airport is conveniently located to downtown in comparison to other airports in the area, which includes Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale.
But location isn’t the only lure to Opa-locka Executive for private aviation. The Opa-locka airport is especially jet friendly due to one of its three runways extending 8,002 feet long – one of the longest at any general aviation airport in the nation. And since the airport has less traffic than commercial airports, such as Miami International, it allows private jets to land and take off more rapidly without getting in line behind another aircraft.
Additionally, the airport offers passengers a choice of three fixed-base operators (FBOs). Like most FBOs, the three provide products and services to owners and customers of private jets. However, the three FBOs at Opa-locka Executive have also collectively invested more than $125 million since 2008 in terminals, hangars, offices, and other new facilities. For example, Orion Jet Center, has 200,000 square feet of hangars, offices and other leasable space at the Opa-locka airport that is leased out to a mix of tenants, which includes, aircraft mechanics, corporate flight planners, and an exotic car rental agency, as well as private jet owners.