Bombardier Mulls Moving Florida Service Center to OPF

 - March 6, 2018, 10:25 AM
If Bombardier relocates its service center to Opa-Locka it could have 200 to 300 full-time employees in place by 2025.

Bombardier Business Aircraft is considering relocating its Florida service center from Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) to a new, larger facility at nearby Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF). The company recently sent a letter to Miami-Dade deputy mayor Jack Osterholt comfirming an application for up to $5 million in “Building Better Communities” bonds to partially fund the proposed $75 million service center at OPF. The Miami-Dade County Commission is scheduled to vote today on an official contract for this bond.

If it gets the green light, the 200,000-sq-ft OPF service center would double the footprint of Bombardier’s existing FLL base, which was established in 1995. Florida is a key location for Bombardier, said company v-p and general manager of customer experience Jean-Christophe Gallagher, as it supports Learjet, Challenger, and Global operators not only within the southeast U.S., but also Latin American and even Canadian customers who prefer the warmer weather in the winter.

Bombardier service center
Bombardier is considering moving its Florida service center for Learjets, Challengers, and Globals from Fort Lauderdale International Airport to Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport. (Photo: Craven Thompson & Associates)

Bombardier’s lease at FLL expires in 2020 and the company “must decide by the end of April whether to renew the agreement with Broward County, or relocate to the city of Opa Locka in Miami-Dade County,” Gallagher said in the letter. If the bond is approved, Bombardier has committed to 150 full-time, direct jobs and more than 50 indirect jobs in Miami-Dade by 2020, with the potential for 200 to 300 full-time jobs by 2025.