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Florida Trade Group Marks First Quarter Victories

Lexi Tucker
Posted on March 20, 2019

(L to R) Wendy Kleefisch, owner of Brevard Executive Limousine and president of the Central Florida Livery Association with Tom Draper, the director of operations for Orlando International Airport

(L to R) Wendy Kleefisch, owner of Brevard Executive Limousine and president of the Central Florida Livery Association with Tom Draper, the director of operations for Orlando International Airport

ORLANDO, Fla. — Wendy Kleefisch, owner of Brevard Executive Limousine and president of the Central Florida Livery Association, recently reported the latest developments from the February and March CFLA meetings at the Clarion Inn. 

On Feb. 12, Tom Draper, the director of ground transportation for Orlando International Airport and Orlando Executive Airport, listened to operator concerns about being thrown out to Terminal C, a brand new terminal to open in 2020. While this may sound positive, it would require operators to park their vehicles and then take two trams to get to a client in Terminal A.

(L to R) John Lynch, the director of ground transportation for Port Canaveral with Wendy Kleefisch, owner of Brevard Executive Limousine and president of the Central Florida Livery Association

(L to R) John Lynch, the director of ground transportation for Port Canaveral with Wendy Kleefisch, owner of Brevard Executive Limousine and president of the Central Florida Livery Association

Kleefisch sat down with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority to explain "what an injustice to us as luxury ground transportation operators" this new mandate would be. It would give TNCs an unfair advantage, as they are able to pick up passengers at level two right outside of baggage claim. Draper stated he'd level out the playing field by allowing operators to pick up at all terminals.

During the association's March 12 meeting, John Lynch, the director of ground transportation for Port Canaveral, emphasized the huge boom of economic growth occurring in the Central region of the state. Port Canaveral is the second largest passenger port secondary to Miami in the U.S., the space program is at all-time high in Cape Canaveral, and many new restaurants are opening in the area. "To have the director come out to talk to us was enlightening," Kleefisch said.

Lynch provided attendees with aerial maps of the ports showing areas of new construction.

Lynch provided attendees with aerial maps of the ports showing areas of new construction.

He provided attendees with aerial maps of the ports showing areas of new construction. "They are very organized at the port, and make things easy on us through transponders. They don’t charge dwell time, and keep making doing business better every time you go."

Related Topics: airport rules, airports, central florida livery association, Florida operators, limo associations, Wendy Kleefisch

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