Miami-Opa Locka Executive

Designated as a reliever to Miami International Airport, Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport features no landing fees and quick and easy access. The airport offers full FBO service, a wide range of aircraft repair and maintenance services, including airframe, power plant and avionics repair, and US Custom Service on the airfield. The airport is also home to the busiest U.S. Coast Guard Air/Sea Rescue Station.

Airport history

Founded by aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss in 1927, Opa-Locka was home to the Miami Naval Air Station during World War II. In the early 1960s, it played a role in the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1937, Amelia Earhart started her round-the-world journey from Miami Municipal Airport, at the time part of a sprawling Opa-Locka aviation complex. Through the last forty years many activities not normally associated with airports have taken place at Miami-Opa Locka. In 1980, the blimp hangar and several other structures were used to process and house Cuban refugees during the Mariel Boatlift. When Christo came to Miami in 1983 to do his “Surrounded Islands” art project in Biscayne Bay, he leased the blimp hangar to assemble with the help of forklifts the giant pink polypropylene petals that surrounded the bay island. Miami-Opa Locka has been a very popular film set, many Miami Vice episodes, and portions of The Flight of the Navigator. Just Cause, True Lies and Holy Man all filmed there.

Airport location

Located just 10 minutes from Hard Rock Stadium and 35 minutes from Marlins Park, 35 minutes from Downtown Miami, 30 minutes from Miami Beach, and is only a 20-minute drive from Miami International Airport. 

Miami-Opa Locka Airport 14201 NW 42 Avenue
Opa-Locka, FL 33054

Airport facts

● Flight training activities are limited to aircraft weighing less than 40,000 lbs.

● The airport offers the services of three (FBOs) - Atlantic Aviation, Fontainebleau Aviation, and Signature Flight Support, all of which provide service to small single-engine private planes to large corporate jet aircraft. 

● OPF supports the business aviation community, light cargo traffic to the Caribbean, and large aircraft maintenance facilities.

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