Leesburg International Airport Boosts the Economy

Leesburg International Airport Boosts the Economy
Posted Date:10/17/2014
Leesburg International Airport is a big benefit to the local economy with a $75 million impact. 

The growing facility has 582 employees across its associated businesses. That’s a payroll of $23 million this year alone, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. 

Now the airport is looking to grow even more jobs and revenues by joining 1,000 exhibitors next week at the National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition – the world’s largest and most important business aviation conference of the year. 

The massive event to run Oct. 21-23 at the Orange County Convention Center and Orlando Executive Airport in Orlando is expected to draw 25,000 aviation professionals and 100 display aircraft. 

Leesburg International Airport accommodates more than 50,000 aircraft takeoffs and landings each year with two runways extending up to 6,300 feet, an air-traffic control tower, an ARFF fire station, rental hangars and tie-downs and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection office. A growing community of airport businesses include Brainerd Helicopters, Skybolt Aeromotive, Sunair Aviation and Wipaire. 

The airport is undergoing several large improvements. A $1.7 million project is nearly complete to realign a taxiway at the airport. A new seaplane ramp is proposed, adding more functionality to the airport by allowing seaplanes to land on nearby Lake Harris and access the airport. For that, the city acquired waterfront property next to the airport for $130,000. The airport also is improving its lighting for $630,000 to improve nighttime landings. 

Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. For more information, visit www.leesburgflorida.gov.