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Airport Hours and Location

Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport is located in Miami-Dade County, 11 miles (18 kilometers) north of downtown Miami, at 14201 NW 42nd Ave, Opa-locka, Florida 33054. It is open 24 hours a day.

Nearby Aircraft

Private jets readily available for charter to and from Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport include the Learjet 35 and Citation Encore+ light jets, the Hawker 800XP and Falcon 2000 midsize and super midsize jets and the Gulfstream G-IVSP large jets.

Runways

Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport is a public airport with three asphalt runways. The longest runway is 11,000 feet (3,353 meters) and 200 feet (61 meters) wide. The airport elevation level is 2 feet (8 meters).

Airport Amenities

High-quality services and facilities are available to private jet passengers at Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport. They include world-class shopping and dining amenities and luxury ground transportation services. 

Private Jet Charter to and from Miami-Opa Locka Airport

Miami-Opa Locka Airport Private Jet Charter Services

Paramount Business Jets offers private jet charter flights and luxury airliner charters to and from Miami-Opa Locka Airport.

How accessible is Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport?

Just ask Amazon. The retail and shipping behemoth is building a $92 million, 885,000-square-foot distribution center in the airport’s Carrie Meek International Business Park. It is expected to open by the end of 2018.

Anyone who charters a private jet into Miami is sure to find Opa locka Executive Airport as convenient to South Florida as Amazon does.

Where is Opa locka?

The airport code for Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport is OPF. Its ICAO code is KOPF.

Opa Locka Airport

It has been designated as a reliever airport for Miami International Airport (MIA), which is located 15 miles south of Opa Locka.

If you want to rent a private jet into Miami, it is much easier to get into and out of Opa Locka than MIA, which is one of the busiest airports in the world, having served 44.1 million domestic and international passengers in 2017. MIA is ranked No. 1 in the United States and No. 11 in the world in international freight and third in the country in the number of international passengers.

Opa Locka is seven miles from Hard Rock Stadium, where the Miami Dolphins play football; 14 miles from Marlins Park, where the Florida Marlins play baseball; 20 miles from Miami Beach; and 20 miles to downtown Miami.

Other general aviation airports associated with Miami International Airport are:

  • Miami Executive Airport (TMB)
  • Miami Homestead General Aviation Airport (X51)
  • Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport (TNT)

Opa Locka Executive Airport has three runways, one of which, at 8,002 feet, is one of the longest general aviation runways in the United States.

Opa Locka Airport history

First, he built the city; then he built the airport.

Glenn Curtiss, an aviation enthusiast and one of the founders of the U.S. aircraft industry, was born in 1878.

After his family moved to Florida in the 1920s, Curtiss founded 18 corporations, served on civic commissions – and developed or helped develop the Miami suburbs of Hialeah, Opa Locka and Miami Springs, where he built his family home that has been refurbished and opened as a museum in his honor.

Opa Locka is an abbreviation of a Seminole Indian word, Opa-tisha-wocka-locka, which means “wooded hammock in a swamp.” (Curtiss shortened the name to “Opa Locka” in 1921, according to the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization.)

He said he wanted the city to be as beautiful as Coral Gables so he built more than 100 Moorish style buildings with domes, minarets and outdoor staircases during the Florida land boom of the late 1920s. He named the streets after characters from the Arabian Nights, such as Ali Baba and Aladdin. Opa locka had its own airport, zoo and golf course.

Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport and the area surrounding were part of many famous – and infamous – historical events.

Amelia Earhart started her ill-fated trip around the world in 1937 at Miami Municipal Airport, just south of Opa Locka.

The German dirigible “Graf Zeppelin” stopped at the Naval Air Station Miami (which later became Opa locka Airport) on its Germany-Brazil-United States-Germany route. And, the U.S. Navy Dirigible “Akron” crashed in a thunderstorm in 1933 after leaving Opa locka.

In the Cold War era, according to Miami International Airport’s archives, Opa locka Airport played a part in both military and civilian efforts, including the infamous “Black Flights” to Guatemala in the 1950s; the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis in the early 1960s.

The airport served as a Navy and Marine air station during the Korean War.

Curtiss had given the airport to the Navy shortly before he died in 1930. In 1962, the deed for the airport was transferred to Miami-Dade County but it remains a military presence with its busy Coast Guard Air Station.

Popular Miami Private Charter Flights

Florida is certainly one of our most popular stops for private jet charter. With a booming tourist industry and terrific weather which attracts both business and pleasure seekers, there are actually two Florida airports in our top 10 airports in the US.

Opa Locka (OPF) sits alongside Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) in our list and is just 11 miles north of downtown Miami. The airport has three runways and, in 2010, averaged 330 operations per day. This makes it a great option for private jet charters when customers are looking to head to Miami quickly.

If you are planning to fly to Florida by private jet, we have some information which may help you plan your trip. Below, you’ll find key facts on Opa Locka Airport. This includes the price and distance to other airports which are frequently booked, as well as how long you can expect your flight to last.

Airport Information

The FBOs at OPF

The three full-service, 24-hour, fixed-base operators at Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport promise quick and easy access to the airport and its three runways. There are no landing fees and there is a wide range of repair and maintenance services as well as U.S. Customs service available to private jet owners and charters. While they operate independently, they have joined forces to make general airport improvements. The three FBOs are:

Fontainebleau Aviation

Fontainebleau Aviation FBO

Fontainebleau Aviation FBO Picture Source

Fontainebleau Aviation boasts of being minutes from downtown, the Miami Design District and Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale. It has one of the largest canopies in the Southeast with 235,000 square feet of hangar parking, office space and onsite maintenance on 52 acres.

Among the amenities listed on its website are:

  • First-class hangars
  • Executive suites/maintenance offices with direct hangar access
  • Conference rooms
  • Crew lounge
  • Full-service concierge
  • Onsite 145 Repair Station
  • VIP access to Turnberry Properties
  • Go Rentals access

Signature Flight Support

Signature Flight Support boasts of being the perfect destination to sandy beaches, exceptional nightlife and downtown Miami. Among the amenities listed on its website are:

  • Several conference rooms
  • Gift shop
  • Kitchen
  • Passenger lounge
  • Ramp side vehicle access
  • Restrooms/showers
  • Snooze room
  • Vending machines
  • Wi-Fi

Atlantic Aviation

Atlantic Aviation boasts of being minutes from downtown, South Beach and Bal Harbour and providing state of the art amenities in a newer facility. Among the amenities listed on its website are:

  • Hangar space
  • Pilot’s lounge, snooze room, showers
  • On-site cafe
  • Ramp canopy
  • Wi-Fi
  • Crew cars
  • Go Rentals access
  • Conference room

Opa locka Airport history

First he built the city; then he built the airport.

Glenn Curtiss, aviation enthusiast and one of the founders of the U.S. aircraft industry, was born in 1878.

After his family moved to Florida in the 1920s, Curtiss founded 18 corporations, served on civic commissions – and developed or helped develop the Miami suburbs of Hialeah, Opa locka and Miami Springs, where he built his family home that has been refurbished and opened as a museum in his honor.

Opa locka is an abbreviation of a Seminole Indian word, Opa-tisha-wocka-locka, which means “wooded hammock in a swamp.” (Curtiss shortened the name to “Opa locka” in 1921, according to the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization.)

He said he wanted the city to be as beautiful as Coral Gables so he built more than 100 Moorish style buildings with domes, minarets and outdoor staircases during the Florida land boom of the late 1920s. He named the streets after characters from the Arabian Nights, such as Ali Baba and Aladdin. Opa locka had its own airport, zoo and golf course.

Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport and the area surrounding were part of many famous – and infamous – historical events.

Amelia Earhart started her ill-fated trip around the world in 1937 at Miami Municipal Airport, just south of Opa locka.

The German dirigible “Graf Zeppelin” stopped at the Naval Air Station Miami (which later became Opa locka Airport) on its Germany-Brazil-United States-Germany route. And, the U.S. Navy Dirigible “Akron” crashed in a thunderstorm in 1933 after leaving Opa locka.

In the Cold War era, according to Miami International Airport’s archives, Opa locka Airport played a part in both military and civilian efforts, including the infamous “Black Flights” to Guatemala in the 1950s; the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis in the early 1960s.

The airport served as a Navy and Marine air station during the Korean War.

Curtiss had given the airport to the Navy shortly before he died in 1930. In 1962, the deed for the airport was transferred to Miami-Dade County but it remains a military presence with its busy Coast Guard Air Station.

Events worthy of renting a private jet

If you are going to any of these annual events, going in style in a must.

Art Basel Miami Beach

Connecting art galleries to their customers is the goal of this event, which is held every December in Miami Beach.

It is one of three Art Basel shows – the other two are in Basel, Switzerland; and Hong Kong – that support the role galleries play in furthering the careers of artists.

It is one of the most sought-after events for both artists and buyers. More than 70,000 come to the show to see innovative, contemporary and modern pieces of art.

Galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa bring paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and films to display in the main exhibition hall. Large‐scale artworks, films and performances are displayed outdoors.

The Miami Yacht Show

For more than 30 years, the Miami Yacht Show, which is held every February, has been one of the world’s most impressive in-water exhibitions of luxury yachts. Held along Collins Avenue, across from the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels in Miami Beach, the show attracts an audience from around the world as more than 500 new and brokerage yachts are put on display.

Miami Music Week

Every year, during the last week of March, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world fly into Miami for an enormous dance party. Miami Music Week is one of the world’s most recognized electronic music events. Dozens of music and concert venues participate in a week-long marathon of parties featuring all the top electronic dance music (EDM) artists. In 2017, more than 1,200 artists performed at some 300 events.

Miami Book Fair

The Miami Book Fair International, which is called “the finest literary festival in the U.S.,” draws hundreds of thousands of readers and writers over eight days every November.

The book fair features six nights of readings and discussions with noted authors from the United States and around the world.

During the Festival of Authors, several hundred authors read and discuss their works.

During Street Fair weekend, more than 250 publishers and booksellers exhibit and sell books, including signed first editions and original manuscripts.

The first Miami Book Fair, founded by Miami Dade College and community partners, was held in 1984.

Popular Miami Private Charter Flights

Florida is certainly one of our most popular stops for private jet charter. With a booming tourist industry and terrific weather which attracts both business and pleasure seekers, there are actually two Florida airports in our top 10 airports in the US.

Opa Locka (OPF) sits alongside Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) in our list and is just 11 miles north of downtown Miami. The airport has three runways and, in 2010, averaged 330 operations per day. This makes it a great option for private jet charters when customers are looking to head to Miami quickly.

If you are planning to fly to Florida by private jet, we have some information which may help you plan your trip. Below, you’ll find key facts on Opa Locka Airport. This includes the price and distance to other airports which are frequently booked, as well as how long you can expect your flight to last.

ICAO KOPF
IATA OPF
LOCATION Miami, United States
FACILITY TYPE AIRPORT

Runway information

Runway Length (ft) Width (ft) Surface Type Elevation (ft)
09L/27R 8002 150 ASPH-G 8
09R/27L 4306 100 ASPH-G 8
12/30 6800 150 ASPH-G 8
18/36 4394 100 ASPH-F 8

FBOs at Miami-Opa Locka Airport, KOPF, OPF

Name Address Phone Website
Air Repair 4141 NW 145TH ST. (305) 681-1278
Miami Executive Aviation 15001 NW 42 AVE (305) 687-8410
National Aviation 4051 NW 145 ST (305) 688-0077
South Florida Av (305) 687-3293
Orion- Airside 14600 NW 42nd Ave 305-455-2295
Orion Jet Center 15000 NW 44TH AVENUE OPA LOCKA FL 33054 United States 305-455-2295
Fontainbleu Aviation 14200 NW 42ND AVE OPA-LOCKA, FL 33054 UNITED STATES 305-685-4646
Landmark Aviation 15001 N.W. 42nd Ave. Opa Locka, FL 33054 +1-305-687-8410
Signature Flight Support 15001 N.W. 42ND AVE. OPA LOCKA, FL 33054 305-687-8410
ATLANTIC AVIATION SERVICES 15000 NW 44th Avenue Opa-Locka, FL 33054 (305) 455-2295
United States Customs and Border Protection 14201 NW 42nd Avenue Opa Locka, FL 333054 305-687-5475

METAR Weather Data

Miami-Opa Locka Airport
  • Weather Clear
  • Observed 10:15 AM
  • Temperature 19 °C, 67 °F
  • Preticipation 0.0 mm
  • Humidity 90%
  • Pressure 1022 mb
  • Cloud Cover 0%
  • Visibility 16%
  • Wind Speed: 4mph, 6km/h
  • Wind Direction: 340°, NNW

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to stop for customs when I fly on a private jet?

    Passengers on all international private charter flights will have to stop at customs. In certain countries, you may have to go through customs at a specific port of entry; for example, you must stop in Tahiti to perform customs checks en route to Bora Bora. You’ll also need to stop at the first port of entry when entering the U.S. from Mexico.
  • How much rest does the crew need before they can depart again?

    Crew members are required to have a 10-hour rest period within each 24-hour cycle. The maximum duty day is 14 hours and must be followed by a 10-hour rest period at their hotel. When scheduling a flight, operators usually account for 12 hours of rest instead of 10. These extra two hours allow the crew time to get to their hotel, rest for the required time, and return to the airport.
  • How long does a fuel stop for a private jet flight take?

    The average fuel stop takes 45–60 minutes. To speed up fuel stops, the operator, or pilots may call ahead, so a fuel truck is waiting for the aircraft on arrival. For smaller jets, a fuel stop can take as little as 30 minutes.
  • Will my private jet charter use the same airport as a commercial airline?

    No. When you charter a private jet, you generally fly into a private airport. However, you could access the same airports as a commercial airline if you request to do so or if there are no private airport options. However, using a large mainstream airport like Los Angeles International or London Heathrow is often a bad choice for private jets, as flying to a smaller regional private airport is much faster and often makes for a more luxurious experience.
  • Is the age of an aircraft a safety factor?

    Aircraft age is not a safety factor. However, if the aircraft is older and hasn’t been refurbished properly, it may cause flyers some inconvenience, such as overheating, faulty air conditioning, or faulty plumbing in the lavatory.
  • How much luggage am I allowed to bring on a private jet?

    As a rule of thumb, each seat on a light or midsize jet equates to one passenger and one item of luggage. Each item of luggage is considered to be the standard 23 kilograms, or about 50 lbs. Large jets are designed for long-range trips, which typically involve longer stays, so you can carry more than one item of luggage per person.
  • Are there aircraft that are wheelchair accessible?

    There are many aircraft that are wheelchair accessible. Most of them are large jets or above and have a straight aisle. If the jet has a zigzag aisle – like the Falcon 900 – it will be difficult to maneuver the wheelchair onboard the aircraft. You’ll also need the right type of wheelchair; many motorized wheelchairs won’t fit and can’t be collapsed. If this is the case, you’ll need a smaller, temporary wheelchair. Some aircraft operators have smaller wheelchairs that can be used. Please speak with your Paramount private jet expert to review your aircraft options.
  • Can I fly with large sums of cash?

    Yes, you can. This is a common occurrence for many private jet clients. You can fly with up to $5 million in cash as long as you declare that cash when coming through customs. For domestic trips, there’s no limit and no need to declare it.
  • Which private jets come with flight attendants?

    In the United States, large jets and above are required to have flight attendants onboard; in Europe, flight attendants are used on midsize jets and above. Flight attendants require their own seats. Larger jets and above have a jump seat near the cockpit for the flight attendant to use, meaning the attendant generally stays out of the cabin.
  • Which airports offer ramp access, allowing the client to drive their car right up to their private jet?

    Private jet clients can often have a limo drive them right up to the private jet, or even drive their own car to the plane. That said, different airports have different policies, and some may not offer ramp access. Please speak with your Paramount Aviation Advisor to review your options for a given trip.
  • Do private jets come with Wi-Fi?

    Many private jets do have Wi-Fi, and it’s increasingly available free of charge on U.S. domestic flights. On international flights, prices range from $3.00-$8.50 USD per megabyte used. This means that opening up social media sites that are rich in images and videos could quickly cost you $20 – and downloading a feature-length movie could cost thousands!
  • When is on-demand private jet charter better than buying a block of hours?

    Private jet charter can be a lot cheaper than buying a block of hours for a one-way flight, as you can access floating fleets or an empty leg to reduce the cost. With a block of hours, the price covers a round trip. If you only fly one-way, you are effectively paying double.
  • What is a carbon-neutral flight?

    Every aircraft burns jet fuel and emits a certain amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. This can be offset via one of several carbon offset programs that allow private jet clients to purchase a certain number of carbon credits to offset the emissions from their flights. A carbon-neutral flight is one that offsets the carbon emissions it uses via a formal process.
  • Can I have a flexible departure time for my private jet flight?

    Yes, it is possible to have a flexible departure when flying privately. Operators typically offer a 30-minute to two-hour window, but you can request a longer window as long as it doesn’t interfere with the maximum crew duty day or their next scheduled flight. Please confirm with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking your jet.
  • When should I hire a Boeing Business Jet?

    Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) have unique amenities that extend far beyond sheer size and are often equipped with 1-2 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms (one more of those bathrooms may even offer stand-up showers.) These airliner-based executive aircraft also feature tall or ‘stand-up’ cabins that are also longer and wider than more typical corporate aircraft.
  • How soon can I have a private jet ready from the time I call in the request?

    Generally speaking, with as little as 4 hours of notice. However, we have had wheels up in as little as 32 minutes from the time our client called us to book the flight and had them in the air. It depends on a few factors, such as how long it takes for the pilots to arrive at the airport (generally, there is a 2-hour call-out time for the pilots), and whether the aircraft is ready to go at the airport with no repositioning needed. Our Jet Card members enjoy faster booking since they have funds on account and can confirm a flight with a simple email.
  • Can I access my luggage while in flight?

    On most private jets, you will be able to access your luggage during the flight. That’s because luggage and passengers are situated on the same level. This is in contrast to commercial airlines, where checked luggage is stored in a cargo hold. On large private jets, luggage is often stored in a compartment behind the lavatory, which means easy access to your bags.
  • When are private jet charter landing and takeoff slots applicable?

    A landing or takeoff slot is simply a small window of time in which your aircraft is scheduled to fly in or out of the airport. You will need a landing and takeoff slot if you fly to a high-density airport in the United States or one that is hosting a special event with a significant number of aircraft arriving and departing. If you’re flying internationally, you will need a landing and takeoff slot for all major European cities. Please check with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking for a specific route.
  • What kind of in-flight catering is available on a private jet?

    Other than the standard snacks and drinks, you can order local cuisine options for your catering on board. In short, anything that doesn’t need to be cooked can be ordered; hot food must be precooked and then warmed on board.
  • Can I bring pets with me on private jet flights?

    Of course! Just let us know in advance. The majority of the operators and aircraft owners allow pets onboard. In some cases, a small cleaning fee may apply. That said, there are specific requirements that must be met when traveling with your pet, including making sure that all documentation and vaccination records for your pet(s) are correct and up-to-date. Dogs and cats must also be at least eight weeks old and weaned when traveling within the U.S.
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