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Miami Opa-Locka: Any Previous Commercial Service or Possible Future Service?

Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:41 pm

Has there been any commercial flights to OPF? Any chance of OPF being opened up to some commercial flights in the future?
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Re: Miami Opa-Locka: Any Previous Commercial Service or Possible Future Service?

Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:52 pm

OzarkD9S wrote:
Has there been any commercial flights to OPF? Any chance of OPF being opened up to some commercial flights in the future?

OPF used to be a military base that was converted to general aviation. The only commercial service is an occasional charter. The airport currently does not have the infrastructure to support commercial flights. It doesn't have a passenger terminal with the associated airside and landside facilities needed to support such an operation.

OPF also sits about 8 miles north of MIA and 14 miles southwest of FLL. Because of that there is no need for commercial service at OPF.

You will see commercial airliners at OPF once in a while. There is a heavy maintenance facility there as well as an airplane scrapyard. The last time I was there there were a few MD-80's and 737's being parted out.
 
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Re: Miami Opa-Locka: Any Previous Commercial Service or Possible Future Service?

Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:15 pm

[/quote]

OPF also sits about 8 miles north of MIA and 14 miles southwest of FLL. Because of that there is no need for commercial service at OPF.

You will see commercial airliners at OPF once in a while. There is a heavy maintenance facility there as well as an airplane scrapyard. The last time I was there there were a few MD-80's and 737's being parted out.[/quote]

LGA sits 11 miles NE of JFK and 17 miles NW of EWR. So it's not about need so much as judging from a satellite view of OPF there appears to be room for a small, maybe 10 gate terminal. If the OPF administrators wanted to persue the commercial option to raise revenues, are the any legal obstructions to them doing so?

My apologies, I haven't got this new quoting format down.
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Re: Miami Opa-Locka: Any Previous Commercial Service or Possible Future Service?

Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:33 pm

There was a carrier there about 5 or 6 years ago. I think it was called Day Air....don't quote me on that.


OzarkD9S wrote:


OPF also sits about 8 miles north of MIA and 14 miles southwest of FLL. Because of that there is no need for commercial service at OPF.

You will see commercial airliners at OPF once in a while. There is a heavy maintenance facility there as well as an airplane scrapyard. The last time I was there there were a few MD-80's and 737's being parted out.[/quote]

LGA sits 11 miles NE of JFK and 17 miles NW of EWR. So it's not about need so much as judging from a satellite view of OPF there appears to be room for a small, maybe 10 gate terminal. If the OPF administrators wanted to persue the commercial option to raise revenues, are the any legal obstructions to them doing so?

My apologies, I haven't got this new quoting format down.[/quote]

Way larger and denser population. Lejune road between MIA and OPF doesn't strike me as a high-income area.
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Re: Miami Opa-Locka: Any Previous Commercial Service or Possible Future Service?

Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:36 pm

OzarkD9S wrote:
LGA sits 11 miles NE of JFK and 17 miles NW of EWR. So it's not about need so much as judging from a satellite view of OPF there appears to be room for a small, maybe 10 gate terminal. If the OPF administrators wanted to persue the commercial option to raise revenues, are the any legal obstructions to them doing so?


OPF is a county airport just like MIA. It would be a waste of taxpayer money to invest money into OPF when MIA can easily handle any incremental capacity that OPF would offer.
 
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Re: Miami Opa-Locka: Any Previous Commercial Service or Possible Future Service?

Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:20 pm

OPF is not in the greatest of neighborhoods.
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Re: Miami Opa-Locka: Any Previous Commercial Service or Possible Future Service?

Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:30 pm

United_fan wrote:
OPF is not in the greatest of neighborhoods.


Neither is MIA...There isn't a whole lot that distinguishes the neighborhoods of either.

That said, MIA does have better expressway access, whereas OPF could stand to receive a direct-access extension of the Gratigny/SR924 if it were ever to receive regular air-carrier service.
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Re: Miami Opa-Locka: Any Previous Commercial Service or Possible Future Service?

Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:43 pm

727LOVER wrote:
....don't quote me on that.


Sorry -- couldn't resist. The quoting procedure on the new site takes some getting used to.
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Re: Miami Opa-Locka: Any Previous Commercial Service or Possible Future Service?

Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:39 pm

But doesn't OPF have some old piston powered Convairs flying freight to the Bahamas? I often hear them flying over my office (in Miramar) on the downwind / upwind leg. Don't these count as commercial operations? A few weeks back I noticed there was one of the ILF CV580's out of MIA going to OPF every morning. Anyone know why?

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