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Orlando Sanford International Airport

by Georgia Rivas

Featured Photo from Orlando Sanford International Airport

If you’re planning your next vacation but dreading the often-stressful airport experience, look no further than Orlando Sanford International Airport, also known as SFB. You can fly in and out of your own backyard.

SFB isn’t just the airport’s official call sign. It stands for something else, too: Simpler. Faster. Better. This state-of-the-art airport attracts more than 3.1 million passengers annually and has all the amenities of a major airport without all the hassle. SFB features convenient parking, short walking distances, complimentary WiFi and charging stations, and multiple dining options. SFB promises to be a passenger-friendly experience in every way and offers more than 75 nonstop destinations throughout the United States. It’s the perfect launchpad for a family vacation or quick weekend getaway.

“SFB is especially great for affordable family travel,” says avid traveler Lauren Rowe, the airport’s communications director. “If you have three or four days off with your school-aged kids, you can go to several of our destinations on Allegiant Air like Asheville, North Carolina, or Richmond, Virginia, and see the beauty that our country offers. It’s a no-brainer. Allegiant is a great, budget-friendly airline, and we’re looking forward to adding new destinations in the future.”

A quick peek at SFB’s sleek, recently revamped website and blog at reveals several new additions to the airport’s itinerary including Traverse City, Michigan, a vibrant town on Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay, and Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital of the world. Other popular destinations include Austin, Texas, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“Our goal is to make sure our passengers have the best experience getting from their car, to the plane, and on to their destination,” says Lauren.

The airport’s energy-efficient terminal expansion project is also underway and will feature the addition of four new gates, three more baggage carousels, curbside check-in, and a consolidated TSA screening area, among other major upgrades.

SFB is active in the community, too, serving as the official airport for Stetson University’s athletic teams and partnering with Seminole County Public Schools and Seminole State College to host Aviation Day on January 25. Now in its third year, the event is designed to expose the next generation to careers in aviation.

And there’s one more big event on the horizon. On October 31 and November 1 of 2020, SFB will host the inaugural Lockheed Martin Space and Air Show featuring the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. For ticket information, visit

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