ORLANDO, FL. – The annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) conference and exhibition is billed as the most important three days for business aviation in the country. Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) again played a significant role in the success of the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. From October 18-20, ORL hosted the event’s static display for the 12th time. The display included nearly 70 fixed wing and rotary aircraft from some of the industry’s most recognizable manufacturers like Bombardier, Gulfstream, Embraer, Airbus and Cessna.
“Hosting the world’s largest business aviation event speaks volumes for the service and facilities offered at Orlando Executive Airport,” said Kevin Thibault, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “This show, which generates millions in economic impact, demonstrates the importance of general aviation and showcases the significant role Orlando Executive Airport plays in the region’s economy.”
The sold out event was not open to the public, but welcomed more than 21,000 visitors from around the world and generated an estimated $51 million dollars in economic impact. The event, co-hosted with partners Atlantic Aviation, Sheltair, and the Orange County Convention Center, was last held in Orlando in 2018. In addition to bringing together current and prospective aircraft owners, manufacturers, suppliers and customers in one location, the NBAA convention hosted a STEM outreach program for local students and promoted sustainability by providing biofuel options to event participants.
Orlando International Airport (MCO) is managed by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. MCO ranks 7th in the nation and is the busiest airport in Florida serving 40 million passengers annually. The airport’s Capital Improvement Program includes an innovative 15-gate Terminal C opening in September. Featuring innovative technology and a unique top level customer arrival experience, the new facility will accommodate an additional 10-12 million annual passengers and connect to an intercity rail to other Florida destinations in the future.