Orlando Melbourne International Airport Named Florida’s Commercial Service Airport of the Year
By Space Coast Daily // August 9, 2019
announced at the FDOT Annual Aviation Awards
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) was named the state’s top commercial airport by Florida’s Department of Transportation.
The award for 2019 Commercial Service Airport of the Year was announced at the FDOT Annual Aviation Awards ceremony held in conjunction with the Florida Airports Council 50th Anniversary Annual Conference.
“Being named Commercial Service Airport of the Year is a testament to Team MLB’s dedication to bettering our airport, our community and Florida aviation,” said Greg Donovan, A.A.E., executive director at Orlando Melbourne International.
“All of the incredible work Team MLB has accomplished could not have been done without the continued support of the Florida Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration and Melbourne Airport Authority.”
The award is selective to airports that have proven exceptional aviation safety, completed aesthetic improvements, and shown innovative management solutions throughout the year.
Orlando Melbourne International Airport was applauded for a list of accomplishments including rehabilitating all three runways, constructing a new air traffic control tower, a 26.5 percent increase in aircraft operations, a 4.7 percent increase in annual passengers and announcement of two new nonstop routes to Philadelphia (PHL) and Washington (DCA) on American Airlines, being awarded the most scenic airport approach in the country, adding Dunkin’ as a concessionaire and completing Terminal Transformation Phase 1 reconstruction of the U.S. Customs Federal Inspection Station.
Also, according to a recent study by the Florida Department of Transportation, Orlando Melbourne International Airport increased its economic impact on the local Space Coast economy by a whopping 74 percent in the past five years alone.
The 2019 Florida Statewide Aviation Economic Study showed MLB’s annual economic impact at $2.77 billion, up from $1.6 billion in 2014.
MLB outpaced most airports in the state, placing it just above Orlando Sanford International (SFB) and St. Pete-Clearwater (PIE) airports, both at approximately $2.6 billion in a statewide ranking.
“We congratulate Orlando Melbourne International Airport on all of their successes,” said Kevin Thibault, Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation.
“MLB is another perfect example of why Florida’s aviation system is the finest in the nation.”
Donovan said the award is proudly shared with all of MLB’s partners including tenants, passengers, community members, and construction contractors.
Staff development was also recognized as a recent MLB success as Director of Operations Cliff Graham, C.M.; Operations Manager Patrick Mac Carthaigh, C.M.; and Communications Coordinator Rob Himler, C.M., accepted the award at the ceremony on behalf of Team MLB.
All three have achieved Certified Member status with the American Association of Airport Executives in the past year.
Orlando Melbourne International Airport serves the Central Florida coast with three runways, a 200,000 square-foot terminal and 40,000 square-foot customs facility.
It serves nearly 500,000 passengers annually with current nonstop service to Washington, D.C. (DCA), Philadelphia (PHL) and Charlotte (CLT) on American Airlines, and Atlanta (ATL) on Delta Air Lines. MLB is a leading aviation and aerospace center, home to Northrop Grumman, L3Harris, Embraer Executive Jets, Collins Aerospace, Thales and more.
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