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Palm Beach International Airport

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Palm Beach International Airport is one of four airports operated and maintained by Palm Beach County’s Department of Airports. Palm Beach International, the gateway to Palm Beach County and the “Best of Everything®,” is located approximately 2.5 miles from downtown Palm Beach and 3.5 miles west of the Town of Palm Beach. The airport is classified as a medium hub airport and ranks as the 56th busiest airport in North American, serving more than six million passengers annually. The Airport is situated adjacent to Interstate Highway 95, making it easily accessible from anywhere in Palm Beach County and the four surrounding counties.

The 560,000-square-foot terminal building was designed in the tradition of Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner, using keystone walls and porticos. It includes two concourses, a separate commuter concourse and holding area, and a two-story concession mall, which runs the length of the building. The airport has first-class concessions that have been repeatedly recognized by Airport Revenue News as having superior shops and restaurants. The Paradise Shops recently renovated its shops, adding several nationally recognized brands, such as Brooks Brothers, CNBC News, and the NY Times. There are several restaurants located throughout the terminal and concourses, operated by HMS Host, offering eateries with local and national appeal.

Seventeen domestic and international airlines currently service Palm Beach International to a variety of destinations. These airlines include Air Canada, AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines,Delta Airlines, jetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines, Southwest Airlines, US Airways, BahamasAir, and Gulfstream International Airlines (Continental Connection). The airport has 28 gates with all new passenger loading bridges. Palm Beach International has two Federal Inspection Stations (FIS)— one located within the terminal; the other, located on the south side of the airport, is used by general aviation and corporate aircraft. Both are staffed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to allow customs and immigration processing for international arrivals.

There are two cargo operators at Palm Beach International operating daily package and parcel service, United Parcel Service and FedEx. These companies operate three aircraft daily. The air cargo ramp was recently expanded to assist with the increase in cargo business.

There are three Fixed Base Operators at Palm Beach International: Jet Aviation, Signature Flight Support, and Galaxy Aviation, which operate on the south side of the airport and offer firstclass amenities for corporate and recreational aircraft. Services include aircraft handling and line services, aircraft interior and exterior cleaning, refueling, hangar accommodations, and transportation assistance. Several corporate and public agencies utilize the Palm Beach International Airport frequently and have aircraft based there, including Florida Power & Light, U.S. Sugar Corporation, South Florida Water Management District, and the Palm Beach Sherriff’s Office. According to the 2010 FDOT Economic Impact Study, Palm Beach International supports more than 30,000 jobs and contributes almost 3.5 billion dollars to the economy.

Recently completed construction projects at the airport include an expansion of Concourse C, which added three additional gates; the completion of a sevenstory long-term parking garage, adding approximately 3,000 parking spaces; repaving of runway 14-32; and expansion of the west apron, adding three additional overnight aircraft parking positions. The Federal Aviation Administration recently completed construction of a new 240-foot-tall Air Traffic Control Tower located on the north side of the airport.

In the near future, the Department of Airports has plans to extend taxiway L on the south side of the airport; enhance the taxiway C-4 exit from Runway 10L; make safety improvements to Runway 14-32; and rehabilitate the four-story,long-term parking garage and sevenstory, short-term parking garage.

North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport

North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport is Palm Beach County’s newest airport and serves the cities of the central and northern part of the county. The airport is one of three general aviation facilities operated by Palm Beach County and is a designated reliever for Palm Beach International Airport, located 12 miles to the southeast. There are three runways at the airport: Runway 8R/26R is an asphalt runway 4300 feet x 100 feet; Runway 13/31 is an asphalt runway measuring 4,303 feet x 75 feet; and Runway 8L/26R is a turf runway 3,700 feet x 75 feet. North County Airport is home to more than 300 based aircraft and experiences 75,000 annual aircraft operations.

Several businesses are located on the Spring 2011 19 airport, including two providing major aircraft maintenance services on single, multi-engine, turbine, and jet aircraft; an avionics shop; two aircraft sales offices; a helicopter maintenance facility; and four flight schools, two of which specialize in rotary aircraft. There is one Fixed Base Operator (FBO), Landmark Aviation, which operates 24 hours a day. The airport supports nearly 650 jobs and contributes more than $52 million to the economy, according to the 2010 FDOT Economic Impact Study.

The airport consists of 1,832 acres, and more than 1,100 acres are dedicated to environmental preserves that surrounding the airport. Visitors can walk the trails of the Sweetbay Natural Area, located on airport property, to see Florida box turtles, red-shoulder hawks, bobcats, and many other animals in this area of wetlands, pine flat woods, and oak hammocks.

The airport just completed construction of eleven 3,600-square-foot hangars to meet the demand for additional large aircraft storage hangars. These hangars now provide nearly 200 aircraft storage hangars of varying sizes. Additional projects recently completed at the airport include the addition of a segmented circle and HVAC improvements to the terminal building. Future projects the Department of Airports anticipates include connection to public water and wastewater service and expansion of the terminal ramp, infrastructure to future developable areas, and runway 13/31.

Palm Beach County Glades Airport

Palm Beach County Glades Airport is the westernmost general aviation airport in Palm Beach County. It is located on the eastern shore of Lake Okeechobee, three miles south of Pahokee and 35 miles west of West Palm Beach. Palm Beach County Glades Airport serves primarily recreational and sport aircraft visiting Lake Okeechobee and is frequently used for flight training since a VOR is located on the property. One FBO, Landmark Aviation, operates daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m

Palm Beach County Glades Airport is home to 10 based aircraft and experiences approximately 35,000 annual aircraft operations. The airport currently supports 13 direct and indirect jobs and contributes more than $2.5 million to the local economy, according to a FDOT 2010 Economic Impact Study

Construction on a new terminal building with a 6,000-squarefoot hangar and 10 T-hangars was completed in 2009. The terminal building has approximately 800 square feet of space designated for future offices, which can be finished as demand requires. Future projects include a rehabilitation of the terminal apron and improvements to the fuel farm.

Palm Beach County Park Airport

Palm Beach County Park Airport serves the general aviation needs of central Palm Beach County and is a designated reliever for Palm Beach International Airport, located four miles to the north. The airport serves primarily recreational and training aircraft as well as business/corporate aircraft using single- and multi-engine aircraft, helicopters, and turboprop aircraft. Palm Beach County Park Airport has approximately 300 based aircraft and experiences 120,000 annual aircraft operations.

One Fixed Base Operator, Florida Air motive, operates daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as numerous businesses offering a variety of aircraft services. These include flight training and aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, fixed wing and rotor craft, major engine repair, aircraft painting, propeller services, and banner towing. According to the 2010 FDOT Economic Impact Study, Palm Beach County Park Airport supports nearly 300 jobs and contributes more than $32 million to the economy. The airport is also home to the Group Five Headquarters of the Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

Recently completed projects include the renovation of the airport’s electrical vault to include an emergency generator and the installation of 59 new airfield location and guidance signs for increasing safety and awareness at the airport. Future projects include an overlay of runway 15/33 and a reconstruction of taxiway C

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