FROM THE LEFT SEAT: Orlando Melbourne International Airport Has Capitalized on its Strengths During COVID-19
By Greg Donovan, A.A.E., Executive Director, Orlando Melbourne International Airport // September 4, 2020
Update From MLB Airport’s Executive Director
When the world began to experience the pandemic’s greatest influences, businesses closed their doors, jobs were lost, and everyday life seemed to change for the worse.
MLB, too, has experienced hardships with reduced air service, major losses in operational revenue and a transition to distant teamwork.
Despite the global pandemic that has crippled industries, businesses and communities, MLB has capitalized on its strengths. It is because of the dedicated, steadfast and outstanding work our team was doing leading up to this challenging year that guided MLB to do the unthinkable – grow.
Today, the airport continues to operate in full swing without a loss of any airport staff members. We are hard at work continuing to develop an innovative and major terminal renovation and expansion project to prepare for TUI’s scheduled arrival in 2022 and the revival of leisure travel.
Plus, we are continuing to prepare for Aerion Supersonic’s development and the creation of hundreds of jobs with airfield improvements, including the ground run-up enclosure that will mitigate aircraft run-up noise at the airport.
And, even our established tenants are supplementing our growth with their own, including Embraer’s flight prep hangar expansion and Avidyne’s new hangar.
Needless to say, the virus hasn’t stopped us. In fact, it has encouraged us to play our part in fueling our economy and being a leader in the industry.
Although major challenges are still ahead and the impact of the pandemic will be felt for years to come, MLB will continue to do its part as a premier gateway to Florida and a global epicenter for aviation, aerospace and defense excellence.
– Greg Donovan, A.A.E., Executive Director, Orlando Melbourne International Airport