The Top Four Miami Airports for Private Jet Charter

by Richard Zaher / Dec 17, 2019

Miami, Florida

There’s a reason we receive so many Miami private jet charter requests. Miami is as beautiful as it is intriguing. It’s packed with flawless sandy beaches, a bustling art deco district, and the vibrant district known as Little Havana – hence its moniker as the ‘Capital of Latin America’.

Explore the city further to unearth bespoke hotels on Miami Beach and artisan boutique shopping in the gorgeously-named Coconut Grove. Not to mention world-beaters in the sporting arena including the Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, and Florida Panthers.

Whatever your idea of a dream getaway is, there’s something for you in this idyllic city. And that is precisely why we receive a high number of private jet charter requests flying to Miami.

But one problem with Miami is how popular it is. It’s the sixth most densely populated city in the United States of America. And that means that it’s nearly impossible to navigate your way through commercial flights in the main airports without running into endless queues and issues.

The solution is simple: use one of our top four Miami airports for private jet charter!

Map of Popular Miami Airports
Map of the popular private jet airports in the Miami area

Here’s our list of the top four airports in Miami which are perfect for you to use when hiring a private jet:

Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

Signature Flight Support at KFLL.
Signature Flight Support at KFLL. Picture Source.

Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport – sometimes known simply as Hollywood International Airport – is an A-list stronghold providing direct access to the ‘Yachting Capital of the World’.

Situated just three miles southwest of downtown Fort Lauderdale, FLL is a hub of aviation activity that processes around 32.5 million passengers per year. But you can easily avoid the bulk of the crowds by nipping into one of the three FBOs: Jetscape, Sheltair Air Services, and Signature Flight Support.

Fancy a cruise? FLL could be the perfect stop, as there are plenty of nearby cruise terminals at Port Everglades. Many of our customers use FLL en route to their Caribbean cruises.

Two runways and 1,380 acres make this one of the snugger airports in Miami, and the ideal stopping point for boaters. And, If you’re in town at the right time, don’t forget to check out the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Covering 1,880 acres and averaging over 400 flights per day, OPF is a terrific choice for private jet charter in Miami – especially if you want a quick turnaround from local sports venues or Downtown Miami.

Miami Executive Airport (TMB)

International Flight Centre - TMB
International Flight Centre FBO at TMB. Picture Source.

Formerly known as Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, Miami Executive Airport has one of the most appropriate titles imaginable. If you’re looking for the executive experience when flying via private jet in Miami, look no further.

Opened in 1967, TMB is exclusive for non-airline use. This means that it is a very popular choice for business aviation. It’s much smaller and quieter than MIA, which makes it perfect for busy workers who are keen to get wheels on the ground and head straight to their hotel or meeting.

If you’re on a long haul charter flight that is flying via Miami, TMB also makes a terrific option for refueling. A $1 million 2007 runway extension request posited the need to allow “nearly 100 percent of midsize jet aircraft under wet runway conditions” including the ability to “allow aircraft to increase their fuel and/or cargo load.”

While the airport is far smaller than MIA, it still sees its fair share of passengers. In 2011, TMB facilitated just shy of 200,000 flights, with an average of 531 per day.

Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF)

Fontainebleau Aviation FBO at Opa Locka Airport
Fontainebleau Aviation FBO at Opa Locka Airport. Picture Source.

If you’re a fan of the Miami Dolphins, you’ll think the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport was custom-built for you. It’s only ten minutes away from the Hard Rock Stadium. Imagine the unparalleled convenience of leaving the game and rolling up to your private jet in less time than it would take you to queue up for a hot dog and soda!

In fact, OPF is in close proximity to a lot of key areas of interest. Marlins Park is a 35-minute drive. Miami Beach is slightly closer at around a half-hour journey, as is Downtown Miami. And, if you need to touch in at MIA, that’s just 20 minutes away.

Aviation experts will love the full range of services on offer at OPF. As well as private jet flights you can also use the FBO for maintenance issues such as power plant, airframe and avionics fixes. That helps explain why the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems labeled it a “reliever airport”.

Miami International Airport (MIA)

Signature Flight Support - MIA
Signature Flight Support at MIA. Picture Source.

With more than half a dozen fixed-base operators (FBOs) including Sheltair Aviation Services, Tursair Fuelling and Landmark Aviation, there are plenty of options for you to hire a private jet for use at Miami International Airport.

MIA includes a self-proclaimed ‘mall’ with more than 250 shops, bars, and restaurants. Over 1,000 flights operate each day, reaching up to 167 destinations, with an annual passenger count in the region of 50 million people. That’s a lot of footfall.

But you can avoid these crowds when you travel via private jet. You’ll still benefit from all the perks of using Miami’s primary airport, including the convenient location with excellent transport links to the inner city.

It’s also South Florida’s main venue for long-haul flights around the world. So, if you’re hiring a private jet for part of your journey before booking a commercial flight for the longer leg, an FBO at MIA would be a very shrewd choice.

About Richard Zaher

Richard Zaher Richard Zaher is the founder and CEO of Paramount Business Jets. He is a pilot and the President of Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA). Richard is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Studies. A seasoned international jet charter expert, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and the recipient of the Embry Riddle Eagle Excellence Award at the 2012 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. He is also an active member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) as well as several safety and air charter organizations.

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