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 75 million dollars have been invested into infrastructure at LAL including a new Air Traffic Control Tower, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Station, Taxiways, Ramps, and Runway Rehabilitation. Check below for updates on current and planned projects at LAL.
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 42 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 January of 2018. 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.
CAT II ILS (Instrument Landing System)
With the impending start of commercial air cargo operations in addition to supporting other tenant operational needs the airport has begun coordination with the FAA to upgrade our current CAT I ILS to a CAT II ILS lowing the required minimums and allowing aircraft to land at LAL in weather with lower visibility.
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 Winter 2018. The Staybridge Hotel will accommodate the need for more rooms as corporate parks, distribution centers, and the airport continue to expand.
Taxiway A Rehab
Taxiway A has reached the end of it useful life and will be repaved starting in the Fall of 2017. This will provide a new pavement that will last the airport for years to come. Completion for this project is February 2018.
General Aviation T-Hangars
With a current waiting list of 30 aircraft the airport is in need of additional General Aviation T-Hangars. The airport will begin construction on a new set of 10 T-Hangars in early 2018 with an additional set of 12 T-Hangars projected to be built in early to late 2018. Current airport tenants will have first right of refusal on the new hangars which will then open up to those on the waiting list.
Southeast Ramp Rehab and Expansion
With a growing business base in the eastern Airside Center complex the airport is embarking on an expansion and rehab of the ramp areas around 3131 Flightline Dr. An additional 23 tie-downs will be added for tenant use around the shared facility.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Ramp Rehab
The airport will be upgrading the ramp space (replacing currently failing pavement) accessing the U.S. Customs and Border Protection General Aviation Facility in early 2017.
Terminal Ramp Rehab
As the terminal ramp approaches a failing status the airport is replacing the ramp areas and lead-in taxi-lanes to accommodate future commercial aircraft. Portions of the ramp will be replaced with concrete to handle larger air carrier aircraft over a longer period of time reducing ware and tear and prolonging the life of the pavement during heavy commercial aircraft operations.
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.