Orlando Melbourne Int'l Airport rehabs first of 3 runways

On time & under budget, Orlando Melbourne International Airport´s (MLB) RW 9L/27R has reopened with celebratory flight of Phenom 300 aircraft assembled at MLB, the company said.

It´s been almost 25 years since the airport´s three runways were resurfaced. The usual protocol is to stagger significant airfield projects months or years apart, but that wasn´t an option at MLB. With 200+ commercial aircraft and 1,900 general aviation operations each week, the growing airport needed to move forward quickly. Fortunately, the Florida Department of Transportation recognized the need and provided half of the funds for the initial project.

The renovations include complete removal and replacement of the concrete and paving, new runway markings, upgraded electronics, lighting and new signage. The contractor for the project is V.A. Paving of Cocoa, Florida. A budget of USD 3,538,565 was approved by the Melbourne Airport Authority one year ago this week. The project came in under budget by USD 57,909.

Next, the airport will tackle its 3,001-foot Runway 5/23, then its main runway, 9R/27L which at 10,181 feet is nearly two miles long and expected for completion in mid-June 2018.

Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) serves the Central Florida coast with three runways, a 200,000 sq. ft. terminal and 40,000 sq. ft. customs facility. It is served by Porter Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Elite Airways and American Airlines with nearly 500,000 passengers annually. The airport is convenient to Orlando, Kennedy Space Center and Port Canaveral. For more information, visit www.MLBair.com.