Kissimmee Gateway Airport Kicks Off Milestone 80th Anniversary Celebration
DRIVING THE ECONOMY: The airport is critical to Central Florida's economy, with an annual impact of over $190 million.
Kissimmee Gateway Airport announced the kickoff of its 80th Anniversary celebration, showcasing the key role the airport has played in transforming aviation and aerospace in the Central Florida region over the last eight decades.
“This is an amazing milestone for us,” said Shaun Germolus, the airport's new Aviation Director. “What started as an Army airfield in 1940 is now a thriving general aviation airport and a valuable asset to the region.”
The airport got its start when the Army Air Corps requested an airfield for pilot training prior to World War II. Today the airport is home to a historic warbird museum, premier Fixed-Based Operators (FBO), and companies on the cutting edge in the aerospace and aeronautical industries. According to Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development organization, Florida is a leading aerospace location and a top state for aerospace manufacturing. Over 470 aerospace companies are in the state serving the needs of sectors from aircraft parts and assembly, to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and missiles. 

“It’s exciting to see how much the airport has grown over the last 80 years, particularly when it comes to serving the aerospace industry,” said Belinda Kirkegard, the City of Kissimmee’s Director of Economic Development. “Our City Commission recently rezoned over 160 acres of previous airport passive land to an airport industrial designation, which can easily accommodate relocating businesses of any size, which is complemented by the innovative Aerospace Advancement Initiative. This aggressive economic incentive program was designed to spur investments at the airport.”
Enterprise Florida reports that nearly 100,000 Floridians work in Florida’s aviation and aerospace industries with large numbers of rocket scientists, machinists, pilots, engineers, and other flexible, highly-skilled workers. The airport also plays a critical role in the community’s safety. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit, the Osceola County Helicopter Ambulance Base, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife are all located at the airport. 

“Kissimmee Gateway Airport has been serving residents, businesses, and tourist for over 80 years, and I’m excited to see what the future holds as the City continues to grow the airport, welcome new jobs, and foster aerospace industries. With the City’s aerospace economic incentives program launched in 2018, we have continued growing the aviation industry thanks to the airport’s strategic location that attracts high-tech companies,” said Mayor Jose Alvarez.
The 80th Anniversary celebration will continue through 2020. The public can take part in exciting planned events like a virtual exhibition of the airport’s rich history, hosted by the Osceola Historical Society, or take flight in a historic World War II aircraft like a P-51 Mustang at the airport’s warbird museum. To learn more about the 80th Anniversary celebration and what events are scheduled for this year, click here.
Relocate Your Business and Fly Kissimmee!
With over 180 acres of land available for development, a new aerospace park and innovative incentive packages, Kissimmee Gateway Airport is the ideal location for your business. To learn more, contact the City of Kissimmee Economic Development Office at 407.518.2307.
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