Airglades Airport Welcomes its First MD-80 Series Aircraft

2-11-21 For Immediate Release

Airglades Airport Welcomes its First MD-80 Series Aircraft

CLEWISTON, FLORIDA – On February 10, 2021, World Atlantic Airlines, a United States airline operating on-demand and scheduled charter services, successfully landed one of its McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft as part of an Airport analysis study at Airglades Airport.

“This is an exciting development for our airport and our region,” said Lillie Rodriguez, Airglades Airport Manager. “We look forward to moving forward with World Atlantic Airlines.”

“This study represents the first step in partnering with Airglades as the cargo airport begins to take shape,” said Mr. Patrick Joseph and Mr. Victor Gonzalez from World Atlantic Airlines. “We are hopeful to become the airport’s tenant as we continue to expand our operations.”

The aircraft will be parked at the airport for a short period as part of the study to verify that Airglades Airport can help meet the future needs of the growing fleet of MD-80 Series aircraft. Additionally, the project could include the development of a hangar to perform line maintenance work and future Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) services.

While it has been a challenging time for aviation, the development brings much excitement and opportunity to the industry. Due to the forecasted fleet growth, World Atlantic Airlines has the need to expand into new real estate to support its maintenance operational needs. Establishing a maintenance base at Airglades would allow growth for the existing general aviation airport, create much needed jobs for the local economy, and provide MRO (and required aircraft maintenance) services to the Airglades International Airport (AIA) project as it develops the potential to be the nation’s premier gateway for cargo and perishable goods to and from Latin America—improving logistics costs, efficiency, product quality, shelf life, and speed to market for all perishables.

From the left to right: Pedro “Pete” Ruiz, Director of Maintenance, Patrick Joseph, Vice President and
Director of Safety, Marianela Hernandez, Exec Admin, Lillie B. Rodriguez, President & Airport Manager,
Ramon Iglesias, Hendry County Commissioner, Johnny Millon, Millon Aviation Consultant, Victor Ruiz,
Director of Quality


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