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The Sky’s the Limit in the Greater Fort Lauderdale Area

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport offers many options to charter planes.

By Livability on October 4, 2021

Fort Lauderdale private airport

Private air travel is taking off. 

Chartering a plane for personal use has steadily become easier and more affordable in recent years, a trend that only accelerated in 2020 due to the travel restrictions and concerns caused by COVID-19. 

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) is well positioned to capitalize on this movement through the airport’s four FBOs (fixed-base operator): Banyan Air Service, Fort Lauderdale Executive Jet Center, Lynx FBO and W Aviation. 

These on-site companies provide a variety of aeronautical services, including aircraft rental, maintenance, fueling and hanger storage. 

“Most general aviation airports have just one or two FBOs. We have four strategically located in each quadrant of our 1,000-acre campus,” says FXE Airport Director Rufus James. “The FBOs offer everything from high-end service to entry-level. Private air charter is a growing, affordable mode of travel in this pandemic-era.” 

FXE appeals to these FBOs because of the airport’s easily accessible location (between Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike), the presence of a 24-hour air traffic control tower along with 24-hour rescue/ firefighting services, and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility that operates seven days a week. 

“FXE is strategically located with great access to downtown Fort Lauderdale and all of Broward County,” says Lynda Zur, owner and CEO of Fort Lauderdale Executive Jet Center, which recently completed a new 20,000-square-foot hangar at the airport with plans for an additional 8 acres of hangers and ramps. 

“Since COVID-19, we continue to see a dramatic increase in new people who are now flying privately. We strongly believe this trend will continue for many years to come,” she adds. 

It is less congested to travel out of FXE than through Miami, yet it’s still just as easy to reach the Caribbean and many Latin American countries. 

That was one of the benefits that first attracted Don Campion, who co-founded Banyan Air Services at the airport in 1979 and has watched it grow over four decades into a thriving business aviation company. 

“Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport is truly the gateway to a fantastic city that has it all, with the Bahamas only minutes away, tropical sunrises and beaches, and a perfect family and business location with an international flair,” Campion says. “This combination along with a well-managed city that operates our airport has truly been the key factor that has empowered our growth over the years.” 

FXE’s newest addition is Lynx FBO, a national company that operates in nine cities and entered the Fort Lauderdale market in 2019. Lynx also is constructing new hangers at FXE, as is W Aviation, which recently opened two hangers of approximately 20,000 square feet each. 

“Our multimillion-dollar development plan at FXE shows our commitment to this airport,” Lynx FBO Network executive vice president Leslie McIntyre says, “and the tremendous growth we expect in this market for years to come.” 

Indeed, with growth taking place both on the ground and in the air, it appears that for Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and its four FBOs, the sky’s the limit. 

Find out more about the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport at flyfxe.com

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