Las Vegas-based floating fleet operator Thrive Aviation is opening a Miami base and adding another super-midsize Citation Longitude

Thrive Aviation is continuing its expansion with the addition of its fourth Citation Longitude and a Miami base.

The Las Vegas-based operator, which launched in 2018, last year ranked as the 19th-largest U.S. private jet operator based on charter and fractional flight hours.

According to the announcement about its South Florida expansion, “The 24,000 sq. ft. hangar and service facility will support Thrive’s continued fleet growth and charter demand as the operator expands its presence in the east coast and global markets.”

The new base will be at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport.

With the addition of its latest super-midsize jet, Thrive now has 16 aircraft in its core fleet.

“We are proud to continue our story with planting roots in another operational base, in the beautiful Miami metro area,” said Thrive Co-Founder Vitali Lapko.

He added, “Florida is an increasingly popular market for our clients and partners, and this new base will allow us to drastically increase our availability to deliver that elevated service Thrive is known for.”

Thrive Co-Founder and CEO Curtis Edenfield added, “With the addition of our fourth Citation Longitude, we are able to offer our clients even more flexibility and convenience when it comes to their travel needs.”

Five of the nation’s 21 busiest private jet airports are in South Florida, including OPF, ranked 11th last year.

Both Tradewind Aviation and Airshare have announced Florida expansion in the past two weeks.

Thrive offers a national as-available jet card program.

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