Gainesville Airport Growth

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Growth at Gainesville’s regional airport may be getting ready to take off. Gainesville Regional Airport’s administrators are in the process of updating the master plan for the airport, which saw its last update eight years ago.

The new plan is the first step in the development and redevelopment process of the surrounding area. It outlines plans for rezoning, capital improvements, and expansion projects. A hot topic among these discussions is possible uses for land surrounding the airport. Viable options include: self-storage, light manufacturing, convenience stores, and aviation focused businesses.

A major consideration is the size of the airport. Currently, the size doesn't soundly support significant commercial growth. However, if major carriers were to add non-stop flights to major cities such as Washington D.C., Dallas, or New York, this growth would be more justified. New York would be the biggest opportunity. Many are hopeful that with Gainesville growing as a tech hub this might soon change. Updating the master plan is the first step in kick starting this process. 

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