The full-service Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) is closer to the Orange County Convention Center than Orlando International and Orlando Executive airports. Yet it costs less to park and fuel aircraft at Kissimmee Gateway Airport than at the others.
The NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE 2020) will be held at the beautiful Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, October 6-8, 2020. Many attendees coming to NBAA-BACE 2020 will fly here in their business jets—and the smart ones will land at Kissimmee Gateway Airport, the closest, most affordable, and yet fully equipped airport near the convention site.
“The name ‘Kissimmee’ can mislead people, because it’s not Orlando and thus doesn’t sound local,” said Terry Lloyd, Kissimmee Gateway Airport’s Director of Aviation. “But don’t be fooled: even though we are technically in the City of Kissimmee south of Orlando, the Kissimmee Gateway Airport is physically closer to the Orange County Convention Center than Orlando International and Orlando Executive airports. It takes only 20 minutes to drive to the Convention Center from our airport, which is less time than it takes from either of the other two locations. And when rush hour hits? Our drivetime stays the same because our route doesn’t have to cross Orlando—but their drivetimes get longer due to east-west traffic congestion.”
Even without its closer proximity to the Orange County Convention Center, the Kissimmee Gateway Airport is still a better choice than Orlando International or Orlando Executive. The reason: it costs less to fly and stay here during NBAA-BACE 2020 than at the other two airports, even though Kissimmee Gateway Airport’s 6,000-foot runway is long enough to accommodate all makes and models of business aircraft.
“Even with our lower cost, Kissimmee Gateway is an FAA-rated National GA airport,” said Lloyd. “We also have three FBOs on site: namely Signature Flight Support, Kissimmee Jet Center and Odyssey Aviation, which meet a variety of customer needs, from high-end amenities to outstanding value.”
To seal the deal, Kissimmee Gateway Airport has parking space for about 100 business aircraft, and doesn’t have part of its ramp taken up by NBAA-BACE exhibits like the Orlando Executive Airport static display. So this fully equipped airport offers everything that NBAA-BACE 2020 fly-ins need at a lower cost than the competition, and is closer to the convention to boot.
The bottom line: if you are attending NBAA-BACE 2020, there is no smarter place to fly into than Kissimmee Gateway Airport. The only ‘benefit’ of flying in elsewhere is paying more for the ‘privilege’ of sitting in Orlando traffic longer.