As part of its ongoing corporate strategy of meeting the needs of an aviation community insisting on value plus performance, Sheltair has acquired Tampa International Jet Center at Tampa International Airport (TPA), Florida, considered one of the nation’s leading FBOs.

Sheltair’s Chairman and CEO, Jerry Holland, stated, “We are pleased to announce that we acquired Tampa International Jet Center, an award winning operation with a highly commended customer service staff. We are genuinely excited about bringing their expertise and reputation into the Sheltair family. Strategically, this location and operation fits perfectly into our growth model and compliments our network of FBOs.”

Tampa International Jet Center has consistently ranked at the top among pilots and aircraft owners asked for their opinions in national surveys at an airport that has also won top honors serving the aviation community.

Sheltair’s experience and high level of customer service is a wonderful fit for Tampa International Airport and the Jet Center, which continues to grow to meet the transportation demands of our region,” TPA Vice President of Marketing Chris Minner said. “We look forward to working together as the business and leisure travelers’ gateway to the west coast of Florida.”

Sheltair’s acquisition of Tampa’s Jet Center is enhanced by the retention of existing staff and their reputation for excellence and also provides the following for our customers:

  • Four hangars totaling 108,000 SF of hangar space with 19,000 SF of office space
  • 14,000 SF of terminal/FBO space
  • 12,000 SF canopy for covered aircraft parking
  • Over 10 acres of apron and aircraft parking space

Sheltair to invest in aviation infrastructure

Mr. Holland also announced that Sheltair has immediate plans to build a new 32,000 SF hangar and executive offices at TPA with a projected investment of $5.5 million. This project will feature the latest advances in design and construction and include high tail doors to accommodate new large cabin business aircraft with an anticipated completion in the second quarter of 2017.

He stated, “These additional plans for future development are a recognition by Sheltair that an extraordinary staff and a prime location is only part of the formula in successfully anticipating the needs of Tampa’s vibrant business aviation market. We have a responsibility to create the custom build-to-suit facilities that many aircraft owners now require.

Sheltair vision

As part of Sheltair’s strategic planning, the company has long recognized that Tampa has become a key base of operations for the international business market with a U.S. Customs office adjacent to its new FBO acquisition. It is also one of only two airports in the United States to regularly host scheduled charters to four Cuban cities: Camagüey, Havana, Holguín and Santa Clara.  

TPA is also conveniently located just minutes from downtown Tampa and its beaches which makes it the prime airport for business and recreational travelers seeking to easily access these destinations.

About Sheltair

Sheltair, a privately-owned aviation development company, operates 17 premier FBOs and manages over three million square feet of aviation related properties throughout Florida, Georgia and New York. Sheltair services include fueling, ground handling, hangar and office leasing and turn-key design/build of aviation properties. Please visit and follow us on twitter.

About Tampa International Airport

Tampa International Airport is consistently ranked among the world’s favorite airports, serving more than 19-million passengers annually with nonstop routes to more than 70 destinations around the world, including Frankfurt, Zurich, Panama City, Cuba and London. Tampa International Airport is currently undergoing the largest construction program in airport history as it expands its main terminal and builds a 1.4-mile people mover extending to a new rental car facility.


Having recently announced expansion plans at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Republic Airport (FRG) in New York, Sheltair is now expanding at the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) with a $3.1 million state-of-the-art hangar and office complex of nearly 25,000 square feet of space strategically located adjacent to the Sheltair FBO and Gulfstream Service Center.

Todd Anderson, Sheltair Senior Vice President for Real Estate and Development, stated, “Many of our Savannah customers are especially pleased to hear that this new hangar includes a high tail door to accommodate the latest fleet of G-650s. Sheltair’s decision to move ahead with construction reflects its appreciation that there is confirmed demand for hangar space that can accommodate the latest generation of large cabin class general aviation jet aircraft and the growth of Savannah as a compelling business destination”.


Gregory B. Kelly, Executive Director of the Savannah Airport Commission, stated, “We are pleased that Sheltair has made the decision to expand their facilities here at the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport. Their willingness to invest in our market at this time is a strong indicator that general aviation activities are increasing here which is a good thing for our airport and the region we serve. Sheltair has been a great partner of ours over the past 10 years and we appreciate the opportunity to continue to be part of its growth and success at this location.”

Construction is expected to be completed during 4th quarter of 2016 with design and engineering work having been completed by Team Architecture, Inc. and Boswell Design Services respectively. Johnson-Laux Construction was selected by Sheltair and is the on-site general contractor/construction manager.

“From ample parking on the ramp to a painless 35 minute drive to Hilton Head Island, our new facility will be capable of meeting a broad range of requirements sought by our clients who are making the Savannah metro region a primary business and recreation destination,” stated Warren Kroeppel, Sheltair Chief Operating Officer. “This decision is another example of our strategic initiative to look at where our customers want to go and how best to ensure that we are ahead of the curve in meeting that need.”

Hangar construction is underway at Sheltair SAV

About Sheltair

Sheltair, a privately-owned aviation development company, operates 16 premier FBOs and manages over three million square feet of aviation related properties throughout Florida, Georgia and New York. Sheltair services include fueling, ground handling, hangar and office leasing and turn-key design/build of aviation properties. For more information visit us at 

About Savannah/ Hilton Head International (SAV)

Whether you’re seeking adventure on Hilton Head Island, exploring historic downtown Savannah, or wish to escape to the area’s breathtaking barrier islands, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport if the way to go. With nonstop service to 19 destinations, the airport provides travelers with flights to major cities, including Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Dallas, and Washington, D.C., among others. Scheduled airlines include Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Sun Country Airlines, and United. SAV plays a vital role in supporting the region with 20,383 jobs and generates $2.4 billion for the local and regional economies. For updates on airport programs and services, visit us at or follow us @SAVHHIairport

About Johnson-Laux Construction

Johnson-Laux is a full service construction management firm specializing in the industries of aviation, healthcare, education, government, commercial, and industrial manufacturing. Their commitment to their customers is best summarized by their company philosophy to “Take Ownership”. They are a minority owned business lead by Gina Johnson, President and Kevin Johnson, Vice President, with offices located in Savannah, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.


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