What is an FBO?

  • Defining an FBO
  • What FBOs are used for and how to navigate them
  • Where FBOs are located based on the airport you are flying out of


An FBO is short for Fixed-Base Operator which basically means they are private jet terminals. When you book a private jet flight, your operator will advise you which FBO your flight will be departing from and landing at in your desired locations. These FBOs are a little different from commercial flight terminals. They are a lot smaller and less crowded, and offer a lounge for passengers, but not many restaurants or places stay while in the terminal. Most of the revenue comes from its gas stations for the private jets. They provide crew lounges, weather and flight planning assistance, and some facilities in major international airports even offering sleep rooms and showers. 

Some FBOs also have hangars and office space. Some also provide maintenance, managed for aircraft owners, and charter services. Charter brokers and other related businesses serving business aviation often lease office space, the former so they can meet and greet local clients. FBOs are often on the opposite side of the airport from passenger terminals, and are sometimes distant from each other, as in miles apart. If you are arriving on an airline flight and then switching to a private jet or vice versa, make sure to find out in advance how far they are, and the best way to transit between the two in order to make your next flight on time.

5 of the Most Popular Private Charter Airports

  • Florida-based airports see heavy amounts of traffic on a daily basis
  • The most popular airport, Teterboro Airport, has been one of if not the most popular airport for consecutive years

Teterboro Airport (KTEB)

Teterboro Airport is the busiest airport for private jet charter flights in the U.S. On average, 500 flights take place throughout a normal day. It is located in New Jersey and is also considered the main private airport used for New York City. It is located only 12 miles from Manhattan, making it a convenient choice for flyers who are coming out of the city.

Naples Airport (KAPF)

Naples Airport is also quite a popular private jet airport in the U.S., averaging around 300 flights per day. The airport is only a couple miles from the business district of Naples, making it ideal for those travelling for company trips. In addition to business trips, Naples is known for its golf courses as well as its beaches. This makes it ideal for vacation trips as well.

Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (KOPF)

Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport is another terminal among the favorites of private jet charter flights. On average, 404 flights operate throughout the day. KOPF is only 11 miles north of Miami, making it another great airport located in Florida for both vacation as well as business trips.

Van Nuys Airport (KVNY)

Those looking to take a private charter flight into Los Angeles also have the option of the Van Nuys Airport, averaging 615 flights a day. Not only is it close to LA, but Southern California areas such as Malibu and Beverly Hills are close by. Whether it be for vacation or business, KVNY has your flight covered.

Palm Beach International Airport (KPBI)

Rounding out the Florida private jet charter airports, Palm Beach International Airport can take care of all your private jet needs. On average, the airport conducts 339 flight operations between commercial and private trips. Similarly to the other Florida airports, KPBI is ideal for any kind of trip you’re looking for.