Second FBO Landing at Florida's Lakeland Airport

 - April 28, 2021, 11:36 AM
Florida's Lakeland Linder International Airport, home to the annual Sun 'N Fun Fly-in, will receive a new FBO starting at the end of May with the opening of Aero Center Lakeland's temporary facility. The permanent terminal, shown here in an artist's rendering, is expected to open along with two new hangars by the end of the year. (Image: Marathon FBO Partners)

Florida’s Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL) will receive a second FBO late next month with the opening of Aero Center Lakeland’s temporary facility. The company, headed by industry veterans including former Signature Flight Support president Michael Scheeringa, broke ground in February at KLAL on its $7 million permanent home. With a planned debut in the fourth quarter, the FBO—located midfield on Runway 9/27—will include an 11,000-sq-ft terminal, along with 15,000-sq-ft and 10,000-sq-ft hangars.

Meanwhile, the 2,000-sq-ft hurricane-rated temporary terminal and 50,000-gallon fuel tank farm will be delivered next week and installed, and the site already has received three acres of air transport grade ramp to handle aircraft up to a Boeing 757.

According to Scheeringa, the company plans to have a licensed A&P mechanic on shift during the 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. open hours. “We want to make sure that the community has a one-stop-shop for private aviation needs, and that goes from pistons to jets,” he told AIN.

Aero Center also plans to open another FBO by year-end at North Carolina’s Wilmington International Airport. This facility is part of the company’s “focused strategy on bringing competition to secondary cities that can support two FBOs,” said Scheeringa, adding that parent company Marathon FBO Partners has an appetite to add two to four new FBOs a year.