General Travel Information
Directions to MFI
From the North/South
Take Exit 152, which is the Ft. Pierce/SR 70 exit. After the toll booth proceed straight ahead through the traffic signal. You will be on Kings Highway. Stay on this road for approximately 5 miles, until you come to the intersection of St. Lucie Blvd. There is a traffic light at this intersection. Take a right on to St. Lucie Blvd. Stay on this road for exactly 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Hammond Road. If you get to the main entrance of the airport you have gone too far. Proceed down Hammond Road 1/2 mile and take your second right onto Airmans Drive. MFI's facility will be the first hangar on the left.
From the South
Take Exit 131 which is Orange Avenue and stay to the left going West. After traveling west on Orange Ave. for about 500 feet, turn right at the first light, which is Kings Highway. Stay on Kings Highway for about 2.5 miles, until you come to the intersection of St. Lucie Blvd. There is a traffic light at this intersection. Take a right onto St. Lucie Blvd. Stay on St. Lucie Blvd. for exactly 1.5 miles and then turn left onto Hammond Road. If you get to the main entrance of the airport you have gone too far. Proceed down Hammond Road 1/2 mile and take your second right onto Airmans Drive. MFI's facility will be the first hangar on the left.
From the North
Take Exit 138, which is Indrio Road, and turn left heading east for about 3 miles. Turn right at the light for Kings Highway and head south for 2.5 miles, until you come to the traffic light at St. Lucie Blvd. Take a left at St. Lucie Blvd. and travel exactly 1.5 miles, and then turn left onto Hammond Road. If you get to the main entrance of the airport you have gone too far. Proceed down Hammond Road 1/2 mile and take your second right onto Airmans Drive. MFI's facility will be the first hangar on the left.
From Palm Beach International Airport
Proceed east to I-95 and head north for 62 miles. Follow the directions above for I-95 from the South.
To US Customs to meet arriving MFI flights*
Follow the above directions to the MFI hangar. Instead of taking a left onto Hammond Road, continue on St. Lucie Blvd. for another few hundred yards. Take a left into the main entrance of the airport, which is Curtis King Blvd. Go straight ahead and this road will end in 1/4 mile at the US Customs parking lot.
*NOTE: Please contact the MFI office for arrival times and locations. In some cases, flights will clear into the US in West Palm Beach before continuing on to Ft. Pierce. In this case the affiliated missionaries or their guests traveling on MFI should be picked up at the MFI hangar instead of Ft. Pierce Customs.
Car Rental and Shuttle Service
Since MFI has relocated to St. Lucie County Airport in Ft. Pierce, FL, most of the affiliated missionaries and their guests fly into either West Palm Beach or Orlando and use Hertz for one-way car/van rentals. The MFI hangar parking lot is the pick-up and drop-off point for both inbound and outbound Hertz rentals. Other car rental companies do not have nearby offices or are not open early in the morning, which makes it impossible to return the car before the plane departs. For one way Hertz rentals coming to Ft. Pierce, you can get MFI’s corporate rate by making your reservation using the CDP-ID# 1738058. Those “inbound” reservations can be made by calling Hertz at (800) 654-3131, or by going to www.Hertz.com.
The MFI corporate rate will give you a 20% discount. For local or one-way rentals being picked up at MFI you can receive an even better rate (see the chart below). These rates are ONLY available if you call the local Ft. Pierce Hertz office at (772) 429-0228 and tell them you are with MFI. These rates do NOT include taxes, airport fees, or insurance. One-way rates below are to any Florida Hertz drop-off point. Local rates are for pick up in Ft. Pierce and return to Ft. Pierce. The best option is to use the CDP# for your reservation to Ft. Piece and call the local Ft. Pierce office for your rental departing Ft. Pierce.
The rates in the chart below only apply to vehicles picked up in Ft. Pierce. Please note that prices listed below are subject to change.
Hertz Car Rental (772) 429-0228
|Local Rate||One-Way Rate|
Acadiana Shuttle Service
Individuals and groups of up to 40 people can hire a shuttle van/bus by calling Acadiana at (866) 786-9979 or (772) 489-0900. Acadiana can pick up your group from the Stay Inn or the airports at Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, or Sanford, and drop them off at MFI’s hangar in Ft. Pierce. The cost below is for the round trip of your group on two separate days. A 15% tip for the driver is customary. Please note that prices listed below are subject to change.
|Wet Palm Beach||Ft. Lauderdale||Orlando||Sanford|
|11-14 passengers||$700 + 15% tip||$795 + 15% tip||$900 + 15% tip||$950 + 15% tip|
|15-23 passengers||$725 + 15% tip||$1,005 + 15% tip||$1,250 + 15% tip||$1,300 + 15% tip|
|24-40 passengers||$1,025 + 15% tip||$1,155 + 15% tip||$1,300 + 15% tip||$1,350 + 15% tip|
If teams arrive in West Palm Beach or Orlando, Acadiana will transport the team to your hotel in Ft. Pierce the day prior to the MFI flight. They will also pick you up the next morning and bring you to the MFI hangar at 6 AM for no additional charge.
For your return trip back to the U.S.
if departing from Palm Beach International the next day, we suggest you make hotel arrangements at the Stay Inn in West Palm Beach. On rare occasions, MFI does still land in West Palm Beach before returning back to Ft. Pierce. This happens only when our plane arrives back in the U.S. after the Ft. Pierce customs office closes (7 p.m.), or when our airplane load is too large for the Ft. Pierce customs office to handle. The decision to land in West Palm Beach is usually not made until the departure time that day from the islands. In the event that MFI is required to land in West Palm Beach, a reservation at the Stay Inn would avoid the need for a rental car from Ft. Pierce to West Palm Beach, since the Stay Inn can shuttle you from the West Palm customs building to the hotel.
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites is a four story hotel located a stone’s throw from the turnpike toll booth in Ft. Pierce. The Holiday Inn is a brand new facility that opened in September, 2009. It has a large lobby, a computer room, fitness facility, and guest laundry. They provide a hot breakfast bar each morning, and is the ultimate choice for those with a big morning appetite. There is also an outdoor heated pool. The hotel has a total of 94 rooms containing two queen beds or one king bed, as well as wired and wireless high-speed internet, 32" flat screen televisions with HDTV, microwave and refrigerators, iron and ironing boards, hair dryers, and much more. Suites are available for an additional $20 per night. Please call their local office at 772-464-5000 and ask for the MFI rate. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites also works well for those traveling in small groups and using Hertz rental cars/vans. The hotel is willing to accommodate early breakfast times. Please contact the Hotel General Manager, Pam Haney if you or your group will require breakfast prior to 6:00AM.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
$57.00 + tax
The Sleep Inn is a fairly new four story hotel located on Highway 70, less than a mile from both the Ft. Pierce Turnpike exit and Exit 129 off of I-95. They have a total of 67 rooms. 38 rooms have two double beds and 29 have one king size bed. There is an outdoor unheated pool, wireless high-speed internet, free HBO and coin-operated laundry. Each room also has a small refrigerator and a microwave. If requested, the Sleep Inn can also provide a small continental breakfast at 5:30 am each Tuesday and Thursday for MFI guests. For reservations at the Sleep Inn, call 772-595-6080 and be sure you ask for the MFI corporate rate. The Sleep Inn works well for those traveling in small groups and using Hertz rental cars/vans. If you choose to use the Acadiana shuttle, please be aware that there is an additional charge to transport you to MFI the following morning. There is NO shuttle service from the Sleep Inn to MFI’s hangar.
|Sleep Inn||$55.00 + tax|
The Fairfield Inn & Suites is a brand new "Green" hotel located about 8 miles away from Missionary Flights International. The hotel is situated southwest of the intersection of I-95 and State Route 70. This hotel features suites with separate living and sleeping areas, microwave and mini-refrigerators, free high speed internet, in-room hair dryer, iron and ironing board, and coffee maker. There is also a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, as well as an exercise room. A deluxe continental breakfast is offered from 6:00am-9:30am with daily hot items and fresh fruit. If you need a breakfast before 6:00am to catch our early flight, please make a request with the hotel at the time of your reservation and at "check-in" for a "bag" breakfast. For reservations, call 772-462-2900, using our special rate codes "MFLB" for a king bed or "MFLF" for 2 Queen beds.
Fairfield Inn & Suites
$65.00 + tax
The Best Western Fort Pierce Inn has won the Quality Assurance Award ever since it opened in January, 2006. With inside corridors and complimentary Hi-Speed Internet access, this affordable hotel is where you will wish to stay in Fort Pierce. Located only 7.5 miles from the Missionary Flights International Hangar at the St. Lucie County International Airport, this beautiful hotel is located midway between I-95 and the Florida Turnpike, one block south of Okeechobee Road. Each beautifully decorated room features a microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker, iron, ironing board, and an in-room safe for your convenience. Each room has either a king or two queen beds and there are a limited number of rooms with two queens and a sofa bed. There is a business center, a fitness center, a guest laundry, and a beautiful heated outdoor pool with Jacuzzi. While there is a complete breakfast buffet served between 6:00AM and 10:00AM, please ask for an “early continental breakfast” the night before an early flight. Please call for reservations at 772-409-1740 and ask for the special "Missionary Flights" rate.
(Some rooms have an added sleep sofa to accommodate up to 6 people)
|Hotel||May 1-Dec 31||Jan 1 - Apr 30|
|Best Western Ft. Pierce Inn||$69.00 + tax||$99.00 + tax|
The Hampton Inn & Suites is a beautiful brand new hotel with inside corridors. This hotel is only 7.5 miles away from the Missionary Flights International Hangar at the St. Lucie County International Airport. Located midway between I-95 and the Florida Turnpike, one block south of Okeechobee Road, this hotel features "Cloud Nine" beds and a delicious breakfast each morning. Rooms are equipped with complimentary Hi-Speed Internet access, in-room coffee makers, irons, and ironing boards. You will find a beautiful outdoor heated pool with a Jacuzzi. You will also find a fitness room, a business center, a guest laundry, and a 24-hour "Suite" shop for those who get the munchies in the middle of the night. Before your early flight, ask for an "on the run" breakfast bag. Please call for reservations at 772-828-4100 and ask for the special "Missionary Flights" rate.
|Hotel||May 1-Dec 31||Jan 1 - Apr 30|
|Hampton Inn & Suites||$89.00 + tax||$136.00 + tax|
Located midway between I-95 and the Florida Turnpike and only 7.5 miles from the Missionary Flights International Hangar at the St. Lucie County International Airport, this new Comfort Suites hotel (opened in January, 2005) has inside corridors and complimentary Hi-Speed Internet access in all rooms. It is an all suite hotel that is 100% smoke free. The hotel features large studio suites that can easily accommodate families with children. Each suite has either two queens or one king bed, a study area with a sofa bed, a microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker, and an in-room safe for your convenience. There is a beautiful outdoor pool with Jacuzzi, a business center, a fitness center, and guest laundry. While there is a complete breakfast buffet served between 6:00AM and 10:00AM, please ask for an "early continental breakfast" the night before an early flight. Please call for reservations at 772-409-1420 and ask for the special "Missionary Flights" rate.
|Hotel||May 1-Dec 31||Jan 1 - Apr 30|
|Comfort Suites||$84.99 + tax||$119.99 + tax|
|La Quinta||$60.00 + tax|
The Fountain Resort motel is located on Highway 1 northeast of the Ft. Pierce airport. It has a total of 18 quaint rooms that have been recently remodeled. This motel has a lot more character than the “chain” hotels. There is a heated outdoor pool/spa and high speed wireless internet access, as well as an exercise room, a game room, and an internet-ready computer. Coin-operated laundry is also available. Each room has Satellite TV and a DVD player. Parking is available right in front of your room. These rooms are unique in that most of them have a full kitchen. The rooms are furnished with either a queen bed or two single beds. A cot can be put in the room with the singles to sleep three comfortably. It’s best to call to find out what fits your group's needs best. For guests with pets, the Fountain Resort allows pets for a fee of $50 each. The Fountain Resort does NOT open their continental breakfast until 7 am. Therefore, on flight days, passengers cannot take advantage of the continental breakfast. This might be a good place for missionaries needing a place to stay for a few days in the states, or a long weekend getaway. If you plan to arrive after 10 pm please arrange for late night check-in.
|Fountain Resort||$69.00 + tax|
MFI still has a corporate rate with the Stay Inn in West Palm Beach (formerly Best Western). The Stay Inn DOES have a shuttle to and from the Palm Beach Airport, (6am-11pm) but NO shuttle service up to Ft. Pierce. They have 135 rooms furnished with either two double beds or one king bed. They have an unheated outdoor pool, high-speed wireless internet, and free Showtime. A continental breakfast is available from 6am to 9am. The Stay Inn works well for large groups that need to hire the Acadiana shuttle to transport them from West Palm to Ft. Pierce. Acadiana can arrange for a pick up from the Stay Inn at 4:30 am and get you to Ft. Pierce by 6:00 am on the morning of the flight. In that case, the 6 am continental breakfast would not be ready. For your return trip back the U.S., the Stay Inn works well if you need to connect to an early morning flight out of PBIA. On rare occasions MFI does still land in Palm Beach before returning back to Ft. Pierce. This happens only when our plane arrives back in the US after Ft. Pierce customs closes (7 pm) or when our airplane load is too large for the Ft. Pierce customs office to handle. The decision to land in Palm Beach is usually not made until the departure time that day from the islands. In the event that MFI is required to land at Palm Beach, a reservation at the Stay Inn would avoid the need for a rental car from Ft. Pierce to Palm Beach, since the Stay Inn could shuttle you from the West Palm Customs building to the hotel. When making reservations please ask for the "Missionary Flights" rate.
|Stay Inn||$52.00 - $78.00 + tax|
Summary Of Available Area Hotel Accomodations
May 1 -Dec 31
|Jan 1-Apr 30|
|Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Ft Pierce||$57.00 + tax||$57.00 + tax|
|772-464-5000 (Accepts pets - $75 each)
|Sleep Inn, Ft Pierce||$55.00 + tax||$55.00 + tax|
|Fairfield Inn & Suites, Ft Pierce||$65.00 + tax||$65.00 + tax|
|$69.99 + tax||$99.99 + tax|
|Hampton Inn & Suites, Ft Pierce||$99.00 + tax||$136.00 + tax|
|Comfort Suites, Ft Pierce||$84.99 + tax||$119.99 + tax|
|Fountain Resort, Ft Pierce||$69.00 + tax||$69.00 + tax|
|772-466-7041 (Accepts pets - $50 each)|
|Stay Inn, West Palm Beach||$62.00 + tax||$85.00 + tax (1/1-3/31)
Please note that prices listed above are subject to change.