In This Issue
When Spirit Airlines pilots went on strike June 12, the effects could be felt immediately. The Concourse in Terminal 4 continued to stay busy with flights by Air Jamaica, Aires, Avianca, Bahamas Air, Condor and JetBlue but there were thousands of passengers missing.
Business in Terminal 4 was off significantly throughout the strike until pilots returned to work, Thursday, June 17, five days later.
Spirit Airlines makes up 19 percent of our domestic operations and 41 percent of our international traffic. Approximately 6,400 passengers are enplaned by Spirit daily, of which 5,600 originate at FLL. The impact to our airport community was larger than most could have imagined. Spirit serves 14 international destinations and five domestic destinations with non-stop service that other carriers here don’t offer.
The passenger impact was significant; thousands of people were stranded or delayed in South Florida. When Spirit passengers tried booking flights on other airlines, they often found ticket prices significantly higher than what they had originally paid. We may never know the full financial impact in lost revenue to the airport but airport managers conservatively estimate it was approximately $40,000 a day. That figure will eventually have to be absorbed by the signatory carriers at FLL, including Spirit airlines.
For the 12th consecutive year, FLL has achieved a result of “zero-discrepancy” during its annual FAA Certification/Safety Airport Inspection by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The FAA inspection reviews the Airport’s compliance with its airfield safety requirements. It is one of the most comprehensive evaluations that an airport faces from the FAA. The three-day inspection concentrates on every aspect of airport safety including: Runway and Taxiway Markings, Signage, Lighting, Safety Areas, Daily Inspections, Staff Training, Airside Knowledge, Wildlife Control, Foreign Object Debris, Fueling Operations and Training, Emergency Response , Incident Command, Overall Record Management of Airport Rescue, and Fire-Fighter Training and Response, Maintenance of Applicable Records
This achievement represents a long standing commitment to safety excellence at FLL. Visit us at www.fll.net.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) conducted their annual inspection of the Airport on May 20, 2010.
David Roberts, Airport Inspection and Safety Manager, FDOT, reported that the Airport had Zero Discrepancies. In addition, he complemented on how excellent the Airport was maintained.
The FDOT inspector told NPA director, Nina Demeo, that all the airport’s runway approaches and safety area were properly maintained. The inspection includes runway and taxiway lighting, signage requirements, and pavement condition.
Total passenger traffic for May was 1,824,674, up 8.8% over May 2009. International traffic was 246,616, up 14.6% over May last year. May marked the 8th consecutive month of positive growth in total passenger traffic and was the 2nd consecutive month of double-digit growth in international traffic.
On the international side, the new service to Frankfurt by Condor is doing extremely well with outbound load factors in the mid 90% range. The Canadian market continued to be very strong with Westjet and Air Transat doubling their passenger traffic over last year.
The strike by Spirit Airlines will have a significant impact on the June’s passenger traffic. Based on Spirit’s recent traffic history, total traffic for June will be down from 10,000 to 12,000 passengers for each day that Spirit didn’t fly. There were five full days and two partial days of no flights. The unknown variable is how many of these passengers were able to get out on other carriers.
June’s final traffic count could be the first negative month since August of last year. If a significant number of Spirit’s passengers were able to fly on other carriers, June should be flat. However, June will only be a temporary setback. The outlook for the summer remains positive.
Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services at FLL has been recognized by a Broward County organization for hiring more than 50 of its homeless program participants for airport food and beverage jobs since 2008.
The Broward Partnership for the Homeless Inc. recently thanked Delaware North for the company's longstanding partnership in helping the organization achieve its goal of reducing homelessness by promoting independence and self-worth.
"Helping residents obtain employment is crucial to our agency, and we are proud to say that Delaware North has been a big part of our venture in helping clients re-enter the mainstream of society," Stephen Martell, a job developer with the organization, wrote in a letter to Delaware North.
The Broward Partnership for the Homeless provides shelter for families, classes on life skills, vocational training and the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma.
Please contact us at 954-359-1500 or our website www.delawarenorth.com