Gainesville Regional Airport is a public airport located three miles (5 km) northeast of the central business district of Gainesville, a city in Alachua County, Florida, United States. The airport is owned by the Gainesville-Alachua County Authority. It was formerly known as J.R. Alison Airport.
Within the past 12 months, the Airport has undertaken and substantially completed several largescale projects that include the refurbishment of its primary runway, piping of an open ditch parallel to that runway, and completion of Phase 1 of the Terminal Renovation project. Three passenger boarding bridges, covered walkways that connect the terminal building to the aircraft, are being installed, and the Authority has commissioned the design of Phase 2 of the Terminal Renovation which will go out for bids later this year. Eclipse Aviation, maker of the Eclipse 500, has opened its first factory service center in Gainesville, which will support more than 1,000 jet aircraft.
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2006, the airport had 133,881 aircraft operations, an average of 366 per day: 84% general aviation, 8% air taxi, 7% military and 1% scheduled commercial. There are 131 aircraft based at this airport: 83% single-engine, 9% multi-engine, 4% jet and 4% helicopter.
Gainesville regional airport is served by one FBO, University Air Center. Previously there were two, Gulf Atlantic Airways and Flight Line. Flight Line's contract with the airport authority expired and Gulf Atlantic became University Air Center. University Air Center provides a pilots lounge with TV, snack machines, aircraft rentals and charters, and fuel.