About Naples Airport

NAPLES AIRPORT began operating in 1943 as a military airfield. In 1969, the Florida State Legislature created the City of Naples Airport Authority as an independent government agency charged with the operation, development and improvement of Naples Airport.

All funds used for the airport’s operation, maintenance and improvements are generated from activities at the airport or federal and state grants from aviation-related user fees. The airport receives no local tax dollars.

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113,137 FY21 operations (takeoffs and landings)
Home to 387 aircraft, with a significant increase during seasonal months
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Financially self-sustaining – NAA does not receive any local tax dollars and generates revenues from hangar rent and fuel sales
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection services provide international access to Naples
1,462 total aircraft clearings with 6,056 passengers in FY 2021

INVESTED IN OUR COMMUNITY

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$8.37 million invested in noise abatement efforts since 2000
98% voluntary nighttime curfew compliance
Noise Compatibility Committee monitors impacts, receives public input and makes recommendations
Nationally recognized in noise abatement

NAPLES AIRPORT IS HOME TO:

  • Flight Schools
  • Aircraft Charter and Sales
  • Air Ambulance
  • Corporate Aviation
  • Civil Air Patrol

PUBLIC SERVICES:

  • Collier County MedFlight
  • Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF)/City of Naples Fire Station #3
  • Collier County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit
  • Collier Mosquito Control District

POINTS OF INTEREST

  1. North Road Terminal
  2. Naples Museum of Military History
  3. U.S. Customs
  4. Air Traffic Control Tower / NBC2 Webcam
  5. General Aviation Terminal 
  6. Airport Pilot Shop
  1. Humane Society of Naples
  2. Collier County Recycling Drop-Off Center
  3. Public Observation Deck
  4. Gordon River Greenway Path
  5. Gordon River
  6. Baker Park
aerial image of Naples Airport

Frequently Asked Questions

When does peak activity occur at the airport?

Activity generally increases between November and April.

Daily activity generally increases on Thursdays, Sundays and during holiday weekends.

How much has airport activity increased in the last few years?

While overall activity has only grown modestly, the Naples Airport has seen a significant increase in jet activity, particularly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

FISCAL YEAR20052011201920202021
TOTAL OPERATIONS91,60584,339112,800104,479113,137
JET OPERATIONS19,22419,24933,75633,19346,920

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a worldwide increase in the demand for private air travel.  This change in consumer patterns coupled with Naples demographics, high end development and the airlines struggles in recovering from the pandemic is expected to drive demand for private air travel in the foreseeable future.

How many passengers fly through the airport?

For FY22 (October to August) there have been an estimated 184,134 passengers flying through the Naples airport.

The airport receives passenger details only on customs flights, this estimate is based on those numbers along with concessions made to account for pilots and ferry flights.

Does the Naples Airport have airline service, or plan to in the future?

No, the airport has no commercial airline service.

While the Naples Airport has had periodic commercial service in the past, there are no plans to restart commercial service in the future.  This is largely due to:

  • The airport’s decades-old 75,000-pound weight limit, which severely reduces the aircraft options available to commercial carriers.
  • The wide availability of commercial airlines at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW).

Who has authority over the use of runways and flight activity at APF?

All matters of airspace including altitude, flight paths, runway use, timing, and frequency of arriving and departing aircraft are solely under FAA jurisdiction and outside of the NAA’s control.

Are there restrictions on the size of aircraft at APF?

Aircraft exceeding 75,000 pounds maximum gross weight are prohibited from operating at APF.

Rare exceptions may apply, such as aircraft operated by Federal or State government, law enforcement, or emergency services.

Does pricing affect aircraft activity at the Naples Airport?

Even as fuel prices have risen sharply in 2022, jet activity has not been impacted. Fuel and other service prices at the Naples Airport are often higher than other local airports. For example, the ramp fee for a large cabin jet (Gulfstream or Global Express) at Naples is $1,000 per night, whereas at Immokalee it is $75 per night.  Despite this, large jets almost universally choose Naples due to its location, even with the significant price difference.

Citizens have also asked ‘Do people park their jets in Naples because it’s cheaper and then drive to Miami?’ No, those who fly on private aircraft land at the airport nearest to their final destination.

Small general aviation aircraft are more price-sensitive.  Owner-operators of small piston aircraft are more conservative but are still likely to choose the airport nearest to their final destination.

Aren’t airport users for the most part non-residents?

Multiple independent surveys conducted by outside firms have shown that over 80% of customers either live in Collier County or were travelling for the purpose of purchasing a home.

Whether an aircraft is owned by a single person or multiple owners, those coming to the Naples Airport tend to have local connections.  This also holds true for charter flights, including those operated by large companies.  The aircraft may be owned by charter and fractional aircraft operators, but it is very likely that the passengers making use of the services are homeowners and business owners.

Who pays for ongoing operations at Naples Airport?

The Naples Airport is financially self-sustaining. The Naples Airport Authority (NAA) receives no local tax dollars and generates revenues primarily from hangar rent and fuel sales.

The Naples Airport does receive occasional grants from the state and federal government for safety and environmental improvements, however those grants are primarily funded through a system of aviation user fees collected through taxes on fuel, airfare, etc.

What existing contractual obligations does the NAA hold?

The NAA currently has three existing sets of contractual obligations with various government agencies and customers:

State and federal obligations currently exist through 2042.

Contractual obligations with tenants through 2053.

Existing lease with the City of Naples through 2068.