Lakeland Linder International 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 7 years alone more than 100 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 was completed in April 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.
General Aviation T-Hangars
With a current waiting list of 37 aircraft the airport is in need of additional General Aviation T-Hangars. Currently under construction a set of 10 T-Hangars is expected to open in 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.
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 wear and tear and prolonging the life of the pavement during heavy commercial aircraft operations.
Taxiway H Rehab
As the primary entry and exit point to our General Aviation facilities on the north side of the airport we are looking to rehab the existing pavement in early 2019.
Airport Master Plan Update
The primary purpose of the Airport Master Plan is to provide guidance for the future development of the airport which will satisfy the aviation demand in a financially feasible and responsible manner, while addressing the aviation, environmental, and socioeconomic issues of the community. The airport is embarking on an updated master plan plotting the course of the airport for the next 10 - 20 years.
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.