Miami Seaplane Base

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Miami Seaplane Base
Airport type Public use
Owner City of Miami Property Mgmt Section
Operator Dimitri Iturria
Serves Miami, Florida
Location Dade County, Florida
Elevation AMSL 0 ft / 0 m
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Direction Length Surface
ft m
NW/SE 15,000 4,572 Water
Statistics (2002)
Aircraft operations 1,950
Based aircraft 0

Miami Seaplane Base (IATA: MPBFAA LID: X44) is a public-use seaplane base located 2 miles (3.2 km) east of the central business district of Miami on Watson Island in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The seaplane base is publicly owned.[1]


In 1926, Chalk's International Airlines built an air terminal on a landfill island, Watson Island, where it has continued to operate for 75 years. Its scheduled and other flights by flying boats and amphibian aircraft served many points in the Bahamas and other nearby destinations. Chalk's moved its main base to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after the attacks of September 11, 2001, because of security concerns around the Port of Miami-Dade and increased helicopter traffic around Watson Island.

Airlines and Destinations

Airlines Destinations
Cape Air North Bimini Island [2]
Tropic Ocean Airways North Bimini Island


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