Lakeland Linder Regional Airport is always on the move with an eye on enhancing and expanding our capabilities, capacity, and offerings to the aviation community. Over the past 5 years alone more than 65 million dollars have been invested into infrastructure at LAL including a new Air Traffic Control Tower, Aircraft Recuse and Firefighting (ARFF) Station, Taxiways, Ramps, and Runway Rehabilitation. Check below for updates on current and planned projects at LAL.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
In early 2015 the Lakeland Airport began studies and coordination to open a User Fee Facility (UFF) for U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the airport. This new facility currently under construction will be able to clear international aircraft arriving at LAL with less than 20 passengers on board. The establishment of the UFF is the first step in order for Lakeland to achieve Port of Entry status and the eventual construction of a Federal Inspection Station (FIS) for international airline arrivals.
MRO & Air Cargo Development
The I-4 corridor's growth as a major distribution center for companies such as Publix, Amazon, Saddlecreek, and Walmart placed new demand on the Lakeland Airport for MRO and Air Cargo facilities. To meet this demand the airport is developing approximately 60 acres in the northwest sector of the airport for large air cargo aircraft operations and maintenance hangars. Construction of the entrance taxiway to the new development will commence sometime during the early winter of 2017. In addition to ramp areas and taxiways associated with the development. Hangar and air cargo processing sites will be cleared, graded, and have utility services added so they may be developed quickly for future tenants.
South MRO Development
Redevelopment of the Lakeland Airside Center has been a top priority for the airport ever since its acquisition. In order to meet a rising demand for large aircraft maintenance hangars at the airport we are redeveloping a section of Airside Center to accommodate aircraft such as the Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A320. Construction is expected to begin in October of 2016.
This will be the second hotel at the Lakeland Airport, sitting on 2.18 acres next to the current Hilton Garden Inn. Designed for extended stays, there will be 79 rooms available starting Summer 2017. The Staybridge Hotel will accommodate the need for more rooms as corporate parks in the southwest Lakeland area expands.
Security Fencing Upgrades
Maintenance of our primary layer of defense is critical to protecting our tenants and vital infrastructure. The airport recently received a $350,000 grant to upgrade several sections of fence line that surround the facility. Expected completion is March 2016
Taxiway A Rehab
Taxiway A has reached the end of it useful life and will be repaved starting in the Summer of 2017. This will provide a new pavement that will last the airport for years to come. Completion for this project is Fall of 2017.
Taxiway G Realignment
The realignment of Taxiway G will allow for a more convent traffic flow for taxiing aircraft. Development of this taxiway will result in the removal of the existing Taxiway G and also, Taxiway L. Construction is currently underway. The expected completion date is May 2017.
North Corporate Hangar
Lakeland is rapidly expanding. Currently all hangar space is filled for small jets and large mult-engine airplanes. In order to fulfill the need for more hangar space, will be building a 18,000 square foot hangar on the North side of the airport. This project is currently in design, a start date will be released soon.