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Source: Individual Airport Data



Thousands of flights depart from Florida’s 21 commercial and 108 private airports every day. Florida’s ability to connect efficiently to both domestic and international markets is vital to its economy. Therefore, tracking trends in airline service can be an effective method of determining how Florida’s economy is growing and changing. Two important trends to consider are the number of total operations and passengers at the commercial airports. Operations are landings, takeoffs, or touch-and-go of an aircraft. An emplanement or enplanement refers to a passenger’s boarding to an airplane. Nine of the 21 commercial airports in Florida handled approximately 94 percent of the demand for enplanements and operations in 2002. These airports include Miami International Airport, Orlando International Airport, Orlando Sanford International Airport, Tampa International Airport, Ft. Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, Palm Beach International Airport, Jacksonville International Airport, Southwest Florida and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.


Limited airport capacity, airspace congestion and other delays can reduce Florida’s ability to compete in the international business and tourist markets. This is one of the reasons why the Florida Aviation System Plan (FASP) was originally created in 1976 by the Florida Department of Transportation. FASP is a twenty-year plan for the development of Florida’s publicly owned airports. To learn more about FASP, visit http://www.dot.state.fl.us/aviation/.


Another increasingly prominent area in the airline industry is security. Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, this part of air travel has been radically reformed. The Federal Aviation Administration in conjunction with Florida’s airports will continue to work to ensure that air travel is safe and efficient.

This indicator shows commercial service operations at major Florida commercial Airports in millions (M), and refers to aircraft movements. The nine major airports are Miami, Orlando International, Orlando Sanford, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale Hollywood, Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Southwest Florida and Sarasota-Bradenton. Commercial service operations is the number of commercial service aircrafts enplaned/deplaned at the airport. The data for this indicator is sourced from each individual Airport’s databases. This is an annual indicator and updated with a lag time of nearly one year.