In recent years, more and more corporations have moved their headquarters in and around Boca Raton, Florida, with the city now having more than 200 large companies calling Boca Raton home. Whether for the warm year-round tropical weather or Florida's attractive pro-business policies, more companies are choosing to relocate than ever before to South Florida.
Another factor that may be why so many large companies and tech start-ups are moving to Boca Raton is the city's private jet airport. Located adjacent to Florida Atlantic University and Interstate I 95, Boca Raton Airport (BCT) was founded in 1936. With World War Two raging in Europe and not knowing they would be drawn into the fight in December 1941 following the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the US Army Air Force requisitioned Boca Raton Airport as a pilot training base.
At the time, the population of Boca Raton was only 765, unlike the nearly 100,000 people that live there now. Boca Raton was ideal for year-round pilot training because of the sparse population and acres of flat terrain. Following the war's end, the military returned the airfield to the city, which completely rebuilt the runway and used the spare land for Florida Atlantic University.
Boca Raton Airport (BCT) has a single 6,276 feet long asphalt runway
Today, the airport sits on 214 acres of land between Spanish River Boulevard and Glades Road. Boca Raton Airport (BCT) has a single 6,276 feet long and 150 feet wide asphalt runway designated as 5/23. In 2,000, the airport built a control tower operational seven days a week from 07:00 until 23:00 due to increased private jet traffic.
Due to a demand for private jets having to clear United States Customs and Border Protection at a larger airport before being allowed to fly on to Boca Raton, it was decided to open a facility at BCT in 2018. Before the facility opened, most private jets had to land at Miami International Airport (MIA) or Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FTL) before flying to BCT. The Customs facility now not only eliminates unnecessary low-altitude flights but saves passengers arriving from international destinations valuable time.
Boca Raton Airport (BCT) has two full-service Fixed Based Operators (FBOs), Atlantic Aviation and Signature Flight Support. Both offer state-of-the-art facilities that can handle all your aviation and personal needs.
Why fly to Boca Raton Airport (BCT)
Boca Raton is home to a pristine lifeguard-protected white sandy beach, a spectacular art museum, and a large public park with outdoor concerts in a theater. Boca Raton has some of South Florida's most acclaimed restaurants and a luxury shopping destination.
If you are considering chartering a private plane, Paramount Business Jets can find the right aircraft at the right price and take care of all your Boca Raton Airport (BCT) reservations. For more information, call +1-877-727-2538 24/7 or visit them on the web at paramountbusinessjets.com.
Photos: Boca Raton Airport and D Ramey Logan via Wikimedia Commons.