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. Estimated completion date is late September to early October 2017.
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 in June 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.
NOAA Aircraft Operations Center
Lakeland Linder Regional Airport is proud to welcome NOAA's Aircraft Operations Center and their fleet of hurricane hunting aircraft to LAL! In order to meet a compressed time frame for NOAA's relocation, the Lakeland Airport, City of Lakeland, and our outstanding partners broke ground on the new facility in December 2016 with an anticipated opening of June 1, 2017. Less than one year will have passed from inception to completion of the new facility which will consist of 30,000+ Sq. Ft. of office and storage space and a 58,000 Sq. Ft. Hangar complex.
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, distribution centers, and the airport continue to expand.
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 June 2017.
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.
North Corporate Hangars
In order to fulfill the growing need for additional hangar space capable of accommodating today's largest corporate aircraft the airport's FBO (Sheltair Aviation) will be constructing two 20,000 sq.ft. hangars complete with office space on the North side of the airport. This project is currently in its initial design phase with a pending start date.