The city of Kissimmee announces that Kissimmee Gateway Airport achieves “National” Classification for General Aviation airports from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The FAA released its 2019 report to Congress, which updated the categories of airports in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). In the report, Kissimmee Gateway Airport received an upgrade to the highest classification, National, up from the Regional designation.
The upgrade occurred mainly because of the number of jet and multi-engine aircraft based at the airport as well as steadily increasing activity levels, and its proximity to Orlando International Airport, according to a city press release. Kissimmee Gateway is designated as a reliever airport for Orlando International, accommodating corporate jets and other aircraft seeking an airport closer to the southwest section of the greater Orlando area.
Kissimmee Gateway Airport also hosts aviation activity, such as student pilot training. The airport can also accommodate up to Boeing 737 Business Jet aircraft, as well as Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft. The main runway has an FAA Category I precision approach (ILS) for all weather landings, and the Air Traffic Control Tower is staffed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
According to the FAA report, there are nine airports in the state of Florida under the National category. Kissimmee is currently the only one in east Central Florida. As a clarification, airports with scheduled passenger flights come under a different classification system.
For more information about the Federal Aviation Administration 2019 report visit, https://www.faa.gov/airports/planning_capacity/npias/ To learn more about the Kissimmee Gateway Airport visit, www.kissimmeeairport.com.