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10/17/2012 - Major Retail Projects and National Business Aviation Association Convention Coming to Orlando Executive Airport


ORLANDO, FL. – The October Board meeting of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) was held at Orlando Executive Airport, also operated by GOAA. Orlando Executive Airport (OEA) is the primary reliever airport for Orlando International Airport. OEA's economic importance was underscored by the Board’s approval, at the meeting, of three significant commercial real estate developments on the Orlando Executive Airport property.

The first project was the approval of a new Microtel to be operated by Wyndham hotels. The new 74-room hotel will be built on 1.78 acres of land at the corner of Amelia and Maguire Boulevard next to Sheltair Orlando Jet Center. Holland Hospitality, a division of the Holland Sheltair Aviation Group, will develop the property. The three story hotel will cost approximately $4 million to complete. Ground rent to Orlando Executive Airport will amount to $330,585 over the first five years of the lease agreement.

The second project approved by the Board was the development of a new Gordon Food Service (GFS) Marketplace Food Store. The GFS store will be built on 2.12 acres of commercial property at the Southeast corner of Colonial Drive and Calvin Street. The building will hold approximately 16,045 square feet of shopping retail space when complete. Ground rent for the GFS store will be $554,085 for the first five years of the lease agreement.

The third major project coming to Orlando Executive Airport is the construction of a new Wawa Food Market and gas station. The new Wawa convenience store facility will be located on a 2.14 acre parcel of land at the Southwest corner of Colonial Drive and Rickenbacker Drive. When completed, this facility will be approximately 55 hundred square feet. The ground rent for the Wawa facility will be $605,920 over the first five years of the agreement.

“These three substantial investments into Orlando Executive Airport will act as a catalyst to help stimulate more economic growth and encourage others to take a second look at Orlando Executive and the surrounding area for future opportunities,” says Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.


On October 30th Orlando Executive Airport will host the annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention static display. It is often the only yearly opportunity to do direct, side-by-side comparisons of nearly every product and service available to the business aviation industry. The NBAA represents over 9100 companies that own or operate general aviation aircraft and members earn annual revenues in excess of $5 trillion.

This is Orlando Executive Airport’s eighth time hosting the event. The last time Orlando welcomed the NBAA was in 2009 when the convention was estimated to have generated $45 million in economic impact for the City of Orlando and the Central Florida region.

Because of Orlando’s 40,000 plus available hotel rooms, the city’s famous hospitality, the ability to accommodate over a million square feet of convention space and a half million square feet of airport ramp space at Orlando Executive Airport, the NBAA has agreed to return to Orlando in 2014, 2016 and 2018. In addition to 100 aircraft on static display, 700 aircraft will operate and park at OEA during the three-day convention.

This year’s convention is scheduled from October 30th thru November 1st.


One individual who was instrumental in recruiting the NBAA to Orlando is Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) Executive Director Tom Ackert. With the advent of his imminent retirement, the Authority Board recognized Ackert, thanking him for his support of events like the NBAA over the years. During a 1992 tour of the convention center, Tom shared convention center expansion plans with senior staff members of the NBAA and helped secure Orlando Executive Airport’s first opportunity to host the convention in 1996. Tom also mobilized his team at the OCCC in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to help accommodate the NBAA after the storm devastated New Orleans, which was scheduled to host the event. The Authority extended wishes for his continued success in his retirement.

With the launch this past Friday of Alaska Airlines new 5 day-a-week non-stop service to San Diego, Orlando International Airport has reaffirmed its position as the airport with the most domestic non-stop service in the state of Florida.


For more information contact Carolyn Fennell or Rod Johnson in the Office of Public Affairs at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055.

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