Orlando-Melbourne (Florida) International Airport officials are seeking developers to build an upscale hotel with airfield access.

The airport has experienced an increase in air service and major corporate tenants, spurring a need for meeting and lodging space, it said. It will be among only a handful of airport fly-in hotels in the nation. The hotel must also partner with an FBO at the airport.

The Melbourne Airport Authority has set aside 12.45 acres with coastal water views for the project.

Four carriers serve the airport: Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Porter Airlines and Elite Airways. Monthly passenger counts at the airport increased by double-digit percentages in the fourth quarter of 2018, closing out the calendar year at 489,240, the highest in a decade. Airport operations grew 26.5% last year. The trend is expected to continue, the airport said.

More than 1,000 employees work in the aerospace industry around the airfield. Proposals must be received by 2 p.m., March 15.