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.