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Top 10 private airports in Florida


With its beautiful beaches, moneyed resort towns and thriving businesses, Florida boasts many airports for private jets. When flying by private charter, you can either choose the airport that’s closest to your destination or select one with the most luxurious FBO (or “fixed-base operator”), which acts as a mini-terminal for private jets. Here are the top 10 private airports in Florida.

Miami Executive Airport – TMB

Miami Executive Airport, formerly known as Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, is the most popular Miami private airport. As one of the busiest private airports in Florida, it’s a well-oiled machine when it comes to discreet but personalized service. Located just 13 miles southwest of downtown Miami, Miami Executive Airport is easily accessible from the Florida Turnpike and the many businesses of South Miami-Dade County. Private jet passengers have a choice of four FBO facilities offering VIP lounges, showers and concierge services.

  • Year opened: 1967
  • Distance from Miami: 13 miles
  • Land area: 1,380 acres
  • Number of FBOs: 4


Miami-Opa Locka Airport – OPF

Miami-Opa Locka Airport is located just 10 minutes from the the Hard Rock Stadium, making it ideal for NFL fans flying in for a Miami Dolphins game. The airport is home to four FBOs, one of which is an opulent Atlantic Aviation facility. With a sleek VIP lounge, well-appointed conference rooms, showers and sleep rooms and top-notch service, it’s one of the most luxurious FBO facilities at a Miami private airport.

  • Year opened: 1926
  • Distance from Miami: 11 miles
  • Land area: 1,880 acres
  • Number of FBOs: 3


Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport – FXE

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport is a popular choice for travelers hoping to avoid bustling Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport. With two paved runways, it’s one of the busiest private jet airports in Florida and the eighth busiest in the United States – but thanks to five luxurious FBOs, the airport never feels crowded. Facilities include lounges with catering services, courtesy cars, bars and cafés.

  • Year opened: 1941
  • Distance from Fort Lauderdale: 5 miles
  • Land area: 1,050 acres
  • Number of FBOs: 5


Palm Beach International Airport – PBI

Palm Beach International Airport is located just three miles from glitzy West Palm Beach. While the airport is a hub for commercial carriers as well, the FBOs are located on its southern end with a separate entrance for an exclusive feel. PBI has been expanding and renovating over the past 10 years, turning it into one of the area’s most pleasant airports. The FBOs are home to luxurious lounges with direct apron access, catering and free Wi-Fi.

  • Year opened: 1936
  • Distance from Palm Beach: 3 miles
  • Land area: 2,120 acres
  • Number of FBOs: 3


Boca Raton Airport – BCT

Boca Raton Airport, set halfway between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, was built in 1936 as an army airfield. As of 2018, the airport will have an onsite Customs and Border Protection facility, allowing international flights to land directly into Boca Raton instead of stopping at another airport first. The two onsite FBOs are Atlantic and Signature, which offer conference rooms, concierge services, complimentary Wi-Fi and showers.

  • Year opened: 1936
  • Distance from Boca Raton: 2 miles
  • Land area: 212 acres
  • Number of FBOs: 3


St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport – PIE

St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport is set in the heart of the Tampa Bay Area, just nine miles from St Petersburg, seven miles from Clearwater and 17 miles from Tampa. The airport is used as a hub for low-cost carriers, but over 70% of its traffic comes from general aviation. A quieter alternative to Tampa International Airport, PIE is home to two FBOs that offer passenger lounges, complimentary Wi-Fi, courtesy cars and business facilities.

  • Year opened: 1941
  • Distance from Tampa: 17 miles
  • Land area: 1,900 acres
  • Number of FBOs: 2


Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport – SRQ

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, typically called Sarasota Airport, is located just three miles from Sarasota and six miles from Bradenton in Manatee County. The airport was briefly used for training fighter pilots during World War II, but returned to civilian use shortly after. While the airport is also used for commercial traffic as well as general aviation, the two FBOs are set to the side with ample parking, comfortable lounges and excellent service.

  • Year opened: 1945
  • Distance from Sarasota: 3 miles
  • Land area: 1,102 acres
  • Number of FBOs: 2


Orlando Executive Airport – ORL

Orlando Executive Airport, located just three miles from Orlando, is often used by travelers wishing to avoid Orlando International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the United States. Thanks to its great location and ample acreage, ORL often hosts major aviation industry events like the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention. The airport features two well-appointed FBOs, SheltAir Aviation and Atlantic Aviation.

  • Year opened: 1928
  • Distance from Orlando: 3 miles
  • Land area: 989 acres
  • Number of FBOs: 2


Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport – CRG

Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport, also known as JAXEX at Craig Airport, is ideal for quick access to Jacksonville. Popular with travelers flying in on business, CRG offers two well-appointed FBOs with a range of luxurious features. Several flight schools also use the airport, offering top-notch plane spotting for aviation fans.

  • Year opened: 1946
  • Distance from Jacksonville: 8 miles
  • Land area: 1,342 acres
  • Number of FBOs: 2


Key West International Airport – EYW

Key West International Airport is the southernmost airport in the United States, ideal for travelers looking to skip the drive from a Miami private airport down to the Keys. As it has a relatively short runway, not all aircraft can land at Key West. Private jet passengers have access to the Signature FBO, which offers a plush lounge, complimentary Wi-Fi, catering options and concierge services.

  • Year opened: 1928
  • Distance from Key West: 2 miles
  • Land area: 334 acres
  • Number of FBOs: 1


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