The Space Coast's only international airport: Melbourne International Airport (MLB) is located on Florida's Space Coast, in southern Brevard County.
Self-sustaining: Established in 1929, the airport is funded entirely through airline fees, tenant leases and federal, state and local grants and receives no direct tax dollars.
Major economic engine: MLB generates more than $1.1 billion annually in economic activity. With more than 6,000 people currently working daily at the airport, MLB ranks as one of Brevard County’s top employment centers. Recent additions to the tenant family will add nearly 2,000 new, high-paying jobs at the airport.
Ideal location for visitors: MLB is the perfect starting point for a vacation. The airport is less than a half hour from Port Canaveral, one of the country's largest cruise ports; less than an hour from Orlando's world-famous theme parks; 30 minutes from historic Kennedy Space Center; and a short drive to 72 miles of white sandy beaches.
Ideal location for business: A growing number of businesses have discovered the benefits of expanding or relocating to Melbourne International Airport. Its rapidly growing aviation-manufacturing-and-maintenance cluster has made it one of the major centers of aviation commerce in the United States.
Access to major cruise port: MLB is a straight shot to the world's top cruise port. The airport serves as the southern hub for Foreign Trade Zone 136, headquartered at the port.
Legacy airlines and charters: The airport's 200,000-square-foot main terminal serves legacy carriers Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Porter Airlines, Elite Airways and Baer Air.
Can handle 2 million annually: The passenger terminal has 8 gates and can accommodate 2 million travelers annually. The number of passengers traveling in 2014 via MLB was 444,844. That number is projected to increase in 2016 with additional routes and larger aircraft expected in the coming months.
Three runways: MLB has three runways, including its main runway, 9R/27L, which is 10,181 feet long. MLB serves as the diversion runway for the space shuttle because of its unique length and capabilities. The main runway and associated taxiways and ramps can accommodate general-aviation, commercial aircraft as large as a Boeing 747 or L-1011 and cargo aircraft as large as a C-5, C-17, Antonov 124 or Antonov 225.
Certified Police Department: MLB has its own Police Department, led by Chief Michael Brewer, and staffed by full-time Florida Certified Law Enforcement Officers.
America's fastest growing aviation and aircraft manufacturing center: MLB is home to Embraer's assembly center for its Phenom 100 and Phenom 300, with their new Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 aircraft manufacturing facility scheduled to open in 2016. Northrop Grumman, GE Transportation, L3 Communications, Thales Group, Rockwell Collins, General Dynamics and the world headquarters of Harris Corporation are all airside at MLB.