Superbowl Surged Business Aviation Traffic in Miami
While the Kansas City Chiefs achieved a historic victory at the Superbowl for the first time in decades, airports were filled with an almost unprecedented amount of business aviation travel. Fixed-based Operators, or FBOs as they’re known, were swamped as airports had to pull in other staffers from surrounding states to keep traffic from becoming a bottleneck.
Signature Flight Support saw 290 arrivals, by far the most, at Miami International (MIA). Miami Opa-Locka Executive Airport (OPF) recorded 130 arrivals. Fort Lauderdale International (FLL) and Miami Executive (TMB) had 70 arrivals, with Reliance Aviation at TMD adding another 40. 75 total staffers were brought in by the BBA subsidiary to help.
Sheltair at FLL had more than 300 movements from January 29th to February 3rd. “We certainly could have handled more if we had not been restricted by the slot program,” said Karen Kroeppel, the company’s director of sales and marketing. “We did bring in additional staff from other Florida locations for a total of 20.” Mainly, Sheltair pulled staff from the Tampa-Bay area so they would get experience for next year’s game that will be held in Tampa.
Jetscape hosted predominantly large business jets at FLL, adding five staffers through Air Elite network connections. Banyan Air Service saw 800 movements between Friday and Monday in Fort Lauderdale Executive, with a peak of 140 mostly jets at once on the ground. According to Banyan’s director of customer support, arrivals came in largest numbers on Friday with a mass exodus on Monday.
Atlantic Aviation handled more than 400 aircraft at OPF and Boca Raton (BCT) during the Prior Permission is Required (PPR) slot system. They handled an additional 350 aircraft at its Palm Beach International (PBI) and Stuart Witham Field (SUA). Apparently, customers preferred the Presidential Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) rather than trying to content with the PPR system.
Fontainebleau Aviation at OPF received 300 arrivals with an average of seven passengers and sold almost 300,000 gallons of jet-A through Monday. With all hands on deck it has taken our group of 80, great energy, and dedication to keep going,” said v-p Bobby Courtney. “I am proud of the flawless execution from our group and thank the Miami Dade Aviation Department and our fuel provider, Phillips 66, for their tremendous support.”
It sounds like this was akin to Black Friday for FBOs and they sure made the most of it. It’ll be interesting to see how business aviation travel increased by the next Superbowl. At Miami Jet, we’re committed to giving you the latest in business aviation news. We’re also your trusted partner in aircraft brokerage. Contact us today and let’s talk about how we can help you soar to new heights. Whether you’re buying, selling, or leasing, we have the expertise that works for you.