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Sanford International Airport SFB

Orlando Sanford International Airport (airport code SFB) claims to have the highest standards for leisure passenger facilities in Florida and even the United States. The SFB management is highly focused on meeting customer approval.

SFB is conveniently located with direct routes to all Orlando attractions. Interstate-4 offers immediate access to Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, and everything else along Florida's famous east coast. The newer Central Florida GreeneWay (I-417) leads directly to Kissimmee and Walt Disney World.

SFB's new International Passenger Complex is an experience in itself. This began construction in 1995, and combines U.S. Customs processing with International Tour and Travel Services, to claim the highest standards in the USA for quality and efficiency. The result is a practically effortless experience for the international traveller, both for your arrivals and your departures, along with a full range of conveniences in between.

SFB is the most modern International airport in the Orlando region. Starting in the 1990's, state and federal agencies have worked together with private investors to build a state-of-the-art facility specifically for leisure travelers. The result is an extremely up to date airport that is focused on efficiency and friendly customer service.

Whether you are from the USA or abroad, the Orlando Sanford International Airport extends to you a hearty welcome, and provides in itself the experience of what can be done by an airport to improve the vacation event.

SFB is history in the making. If you are interested to see for yourself how a regional airfield that once sold for $1 might grow steadily into a world-class facility, setting new standards for the entire country, we suggest that you come and experience for yourself the Orlando Sanford International Airport.

It all began during the 1930's as an airfield with 865 acres and two runways. Then in 1942, the City of Sanford deeded this to the U.S. Navy and it became a Naval Air Station. The Navy immediately added 615 more acres and constructed major facilities.

Most of these WWII facilities still exist today, some of them being used as storage hangars. Active operations began in 1943, and the station served as a fighter and dive-bomber training base. In 1946, with the war over, the airport was decommissioned as a Naval Air Station. The City of Sanford reacquired the facility and it was named the Sanford Airport. Between 1946 and 1950, parts of the property also were leased to various tenants, including the New York Giants American Baseball Training Camp, a retirement home, a hospital, and a clothing company.

The Navy once again acquired the airport in 1951, when the Korean War broke out. Another 164 acres were added, for a total of 1,644 acres. This became a training base for fighter, attack, and reconnaissance aircraft until 1968. The City of Sanford then realized that closing the base would threaten the local economy, and so negotiated with the federal government to reacquire the property once again. It was bought for the grand sum of $1.00. The Sanford Industrial Commission was established to promote the area as an industrial park. However this was replaced in 1970 by the City Department of Aviation, and all control was taken over by the City of Sanford.

The Sanford Airport Authority finally was created in 1971, by legislative act, as a dependent special district of the City of Sanford. The Sanford Airport Authority has since been in charge of all development and operation, and today is composed of nine members appointed by the Sanford City Commission. The Authority currently employs about a half-dozen management executives and three dozen or so full-time employees.
The master plan for the airport has been updated every three or four years. Highlights include:

  • a "declared distance enhancement" for the main runway, 
  • construction and expansion of the international arrivals building,
  • new PAPI-2 and PAPI-4 visual landing aid systems,
  • a Part 150 noise study,
  • a new general aviation runway,
  • a new fire station,
  • the new Cargo Centre,
  • a parking lot transition project,
  • a Taxiway "B" West extension,
  • a new instrument landing system (ILS),
  • a new Fixed Base Operator (FBO) facility, and
  • a new seven gate domestic terminal expansion.

As we say, this is "history in the making." However the main highlight of the Orlando Sanford International Airport is its persistent focus on customer approval for the vacation passenger. In any case, you are likely to feel welcome, and to find that every effort has been made for any arrival or departure to be an enjoyable, friendly, and efficient experience.

SFB has convenient short-term parking, a free shuttle bus to long-term parking lots and overflow lots, and a self-pay parking system. The free shuttle bus is handicap accessible. This bus runs to and from the Long-Term and the Overflow parking lots, normally from 10am to 6pm daily, except Tuesday. These hours may be adjusted based on the amount of travellers.

The self-pay parking system accepts cash or credit cards at the "Main Pay Station," in the front of the terminal, at the shuttle bus pick-up/drop-off area. Payment also can be made at the exit gate by credit card only.

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