The move, according to Commissioner Barbara Jordan, was to rebrand the airport to increase visibility and enhance aviation traffic. It was also an effort to capitalize off of the allure that Miami offers, while keeping the historical significance of the city in which it is housed.
â€œEveryone around the country knows where Miami is located,â€ said Commissioner Jordan, who spearheaded the legislation. â€œBy adding the name Miami, it increases the value of this airport and puts it on the map for aviation professionals and non-aviation enthusiasts.â€
Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport is located just seven miles north of Miami International Airport and only three miles from Sun Life Stadium. It is the largest of Miami-Dade Countyâ€™s five General Aviation Airports. The facility handles private, pleasure and business flights. The airport was founded by aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss in 1927, and was once designated as the worldâ€™s busiest general aviation airport in 1962.