Tamiami Executive Airport opens runway extension


New 1,000 foot extension opens at Kendell-Tamiami Executive Airport

Kendall Tamiami ribbon cuttingLast week, federal, state
and county officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open Kendall-Tamiami Executive
Airport’s newly extended runway,
which adds 1,000-feet to the airport’s primary 5,000-foot south runway.

The new runway will allow
nearly any of the new generation corporate and private jet aircraft to carry
increased fuel and/or cargo load and fly to key destinations in Central and
South America and the Caribbean, which was previously impossible without
intermediate refueling stops.

Kendall-Tamiami serves as a
key reliever airport for Miami
International Airport,
but had been hindered in that effort by the limitations of its former
5,000-foot runways.

“Creating jobs is my top
priority as Mayor, and the Tamiami runway extension is a project that will help
meet that goal,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “It’s a direct
knock-on effect: longer runway, more advanced aircraft, more support services,
and more jobs for Miami-Dade residents.”

The runway extension project
cost $4.43 million, with 95 percent of the funding paid by a grant from the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for $4.2 million and the remainder from the
Miami-Dade Aviation Department.

“This extension will do
nothing but benefit the business owners and residents around the airport by
attracting more private jet travelers to make a stop in Miami-Dade County,”
said County Commission Chairman Joe Martinez. “As the economy continues to
rebound, this longer runway will enable us to expand our economic impact.”

Photograph (left to
right) Florida Department of Transportation District Six Secretary Gus Pego;
State Representative Frank Artiles;

US Representative David Rivera; Miami-Dade
County Mayor Carlos Gimenez; US Representative Mario Diaz-Balart; Board of
Commissioners Chairman
Joe Martinez; FAA Programme Manager Krystal Ritchey; and Miami-Dade Aviation
Director José Abreu