Dade Jetport Could Be Opened For Cargo Flights

Dade County Aviation Department officials could be looking to revive the Dade Jetport in the middle of the everglades for commercial use.

In a recent interview, aviation director Emilio Gonzalez said that his department is now studying a plan to convert the 23,840-acre facility into a cargo airport, as cargo and passenger volume continues to climb at MIA.

The county had once planned to build an airport there that would have been world’s largest, but encountered opposition from environmentalists. After just one 10,500-foot runway was built, federal and local officials signed an agreement forbidding any other construction. That agreement has since expired.

County officials have also been looking at the site as a possible location for an air expo similar to those at Le Bourget or Farnborough.

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

This is ridiculous. How about county officials look at the metro system of Paris instead of a useless air show that only caters to tourists; or how about officials use the money to build that new terminal at MIA?

All Miami officials want is more development and sprawl westward into the Everglades and we don’t even have a transit system that can handle it!

Suomynona
5 years ago

I agree. Ridiculous proposal.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Do you know what an air expo even is? It’s not an air show.

Anonymous
5 years ago

The Paris air show along with Farnborough are the premier air sales event in the world. The amount of money that changes hands in these events is incredible. I don’t think an air show in Miami is going to be close to either of those tow but you should educate yourself before saying the Paris air show is only for tourists.

Anonymous
5 years ago

What about Homestead air base. Would that not work? Surely better than the Everglades.

Anonymous
5 years ago

It’s federal property and the Air Force doesn’t even want the trade expo thing there let alone cargo airlines. It might have become another county-run airport if the county commissioners hadn’t entered into that shady no-bid contract with the politically connected HABDI group. It smelled so bad that the feds took the airfield back rather than give it to the corrupt county government.

Anonymous
5 years ago

This must be yet another bizarre idea from the Mayor’s office. The airport director may not have had any airport experience before being appointed by the Mayor without competition from much better qualified applicants, but he can’t possibly be that stupid to think this proposal has any wings. If he is that stupid then it is time to replace him and his deputy director with people who have valuable airport management experience.

The runway and taxiways out there need to be torn up and the area restored to what it was before another crazy politician wants to develop it into anything that will harm the Everglades or increase traffic on Tamiami Trail.

suomynona
5 years ago

Yup. Turn the Everglades back into …the Everglades. It’s incredible how dumb these Miami leaders are to think they could expand development in the middle of the Everglades with the millions of dollars being spent there to restore it.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I imagine the environmental opposition would be just as strong to this proposal.

I won’t lie though, an air show the likes of Paris would be awesome!

Anonymous
5 years ago

I congratulate county officials to look forward in the future with already existing infrastructure. Miami cant live off forever from condo towers….

Oscar
5 years ago

Sigh.