Florida has quite a few people coming into the state each year, and there are many reasons for this. The state offers a wide range of diverse natural environments to peruse and visit, along with urban destinations, popular attractions such as Disney/Universal Studios, and more. To help accommodate the influx of people during prime visiting seasons such as Spring Break and the Daytona 500, Florida has seen a rise in private airports.
Anybody can start a private airport, as long as they clear it with the FAA and the goings-on don’t interrupt Class B and C operations. Many of these private airports amount to being more than glorified airstrips. However, there are plenty of private airports that offer multiple FBOs (Fixed Base Operators) that provide prime refreshments, lounges, concierge services, and other pristine accommodations to their incoming and outgoing guests. These airports work with an array of air chartering services that are able to effectively bring people into the state — and do so comfortably. Let’s get into some of our top picks for private airports in Florida to see what the state has to offer when it comes to accommodating air travel.
1. Key West International Airport
If your goal is to head to the southernmost part of Florida, then Key West International Airport might be your best bet. This airport is as close to the ocean as you can get, allowing visitors to the Sunshine State to head as far south by plane as they are able. Private jet passengers have access to the Signature FBO, which provides a luxurious lounge, complimentary Wi-Fi, catering options and other full concierge services. That way, guests are much closer to being able to swim with the dolphins, explore coral reefs, and generally enjoy the southern sun and warm waters that Key West has to offer.
2. Boca Raton Airport
We recognize that many of Florida’s visitors might have already had their yearly fill of seawater. If you just want to enjoy the sunlight-filtered shopping that cities like Boca Raton have to offer, then something local like Boca Raton Airport might be your ideal destination. This airport only experiences a couple hundred flights a day, but its amenities are quite comprehensive for a smaller airport. BCT offers multiple FBOs on site which include conference rooms, concierge services, complimentary Wi-Fi and showers.
3. Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport
As its name would suggest, this private airport caters to executive clientele with clear business in mind. There’s no better feeling than flying into an airport that already has a clear plan laid out for you — who wants to bumble around from terminal to terminal checking signs to make sure they know where they’re going? Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport is conveniently located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, giving its high-class travelers plenty of options of where to go and how to get there. They also have an astounding five luxurious FBOs, so the airport never feels too crowded. These facilities offer lounges with catering services, courtesy cars, bars and cafés.
4. St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport
Making domestic and international flights from a private airport can be a clumsy matter, but this airport certainly makes it work. If you have an array of destinations, then scheduling from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport is one of our favorite recommendations. Its professional staff are particularly accommodating. PIE is home to two simple FBOs that contain passenger lounges/business facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi, and courtesy cars.
5. Palm Beach International Airport
As any Floridian will tell you, if you haven’t been to Palm Beach, then there’s a crown jewel of Florida that you’re missing out on. Being named the 7th Best Airport in the World in Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2020, this airport sees over 200 flights a day, and runs like absolute clockwork. The airport is located 2.5 miles west of downtown West Palm Beach and only 3.5 miles west of Palm Beach. PBI is nestled right next to I-95 and is easily accessible from anywhere in Palm Beach County. Boca Raton is approximately 20 miles south and Jupiter is only 15 miles north. Once you’ve landed, granting you access to all its alluring possibilities in the immediate surrounding area.
Our Chartering Services
If you have a need for a chartered plane in and out of Florida, then there are plenty of airports to choose from. Consider working with Flex Air Aviation and our staff to communicate exactly what you need. We’ll be up-front about what we can offer and how quickly we can get you there. Call us to speak with one of our experienced staff to get a free quote.