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Kissimmee Gateway Airport
With Orlando rapidly becoming the NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention’s unofficial home, the area is banking on the event–currently ranked as the nation’s fifth largest tradeshow–to provide a boost to the local economy.
Orlando, Fla. is becoming a major hub and resource center for corporate aviation, and for good reason. Beyond Wichita, the greater Orlando area has one of the highest concentrations of corporate aircraft crew initial and recurrent training centers and aircraft maintenance facilities. Overall, it has one of the denser concentrations of top-notch FBOs in the continental U.S.
Family-owned Marathon Flight Services recently completed a $1.6 million construction project at Kissimmee (Fla.) Gateway Airport (ISM). In business for 35 years, Marathon garnered a 45-percent market share at ISM last year and expects fuel sales of 850,000 gal by year-end.
A new company called Kaz Aviation launched its FBO expansion plan with the purchase for $2.3 million of all the assets of Attractions Jet Center at Kissimmee Gateway Airport in Kissimmee, Fla. “We are looking for undiscovered diamonds,” said Steve Bowlin, vice president of FBO Operations.
After transferring its FBO operations to Atlantic Aviation, Ranger Jet Center at Orlando/Kissimmee Gateway Airport began building its new business center with offices and hangar space available to operators and businesses. In November, Ranger Jet Center held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Osceola Sheriff’s aviation facility. The event also acknowledged two newly finished general aviation hangars.
Trajen FBO Network, which late last year acquired ski-country’s Aspen Base Operation, has further enriched its portfolio of FBOs in another, very different, resort area. Last month, management of the growing chain announced it had purchased the Ranger Jet Center FBO at Kissimmee Gateway Airport near Orlando, Fla., home of Disney World, Universal Studios and several other vacation theme parks.
Kissimmee Gateway Airport, which bills itself as the most reasonably priced and accessible Orlando, Fla.-area airport, has experienced strong growth in business aircraft traffic and fuel sales during the past year. Fuel sales (separate jet-fuel numbers are not available) grew 9 percent to 2.3 million gallons last year, and turboprop and jet traffic climbed 21 percent, according to an official.