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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) now offers more than 600 flights per day, with nonstop service to more than 60 U.S. cities and international service to Canada, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico, Latin America and Europe. In 2012, new nonstop service was introduced to several domestic and international destinations. Airline service to Cuba now includes Havana.
In January 2012, ground was broken for the $791 million South Runway project, scheduled for completion in September 2014. Total economic impact is estimated at $1.4 billion. This project is funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Florida Department of Transportation and passenger facility charges. No local tax dollars or Broward County General Revenue funds are used to support this or any capital improvement project at the Airport.
Airport expansion goes hand in hand with responsible environmental management. A $350,000 FAA grant will be used to develop a Sustainable Management Plan for the Airport. Pavement removed from the old South Runway will be recycled and used in the new runway embankment. To augment the hauling of fill material, a dedicated rail spur from the Florida East Coast railway was installed. Forty percent of the fill needed for the runway project now arrives at the site by rail, thereby reducing the number of trucks on the roadways, vehicle exhaust emissions and traffic congestion.
More than 800 native trees were relocated to other areas of the Airport and in neighboring parks.
A complete modernization of the airport’s four terminals is underway. Passengers are able to choose from a growing variety of food options, beverages and specialty items. A new “open design” security checkpoint in Terminal 3, Concourse F, has significantly improved the flow of passengers and their overall travel experience.
The Airport was recognized by PC Magazine as one of the Best Top Tech Friendly Airports for travelers, for its free high speed Wi-Fi, strong cellular phone signal strength and charging stations.
Through a partnership with the County’s library system, passengers can now access more than 15,000 free downloadable e-books on their smartphone or e-reader while waiting to claim their luggage, simply by scanning a Quick Response (QR) code.
As it expands to meet the growing demand for services, the Airport continues to keep the safety, convenience and satisfaction of traveling passengers a top priority. For the 14th consecutive year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) found “zero discrepancies” during the Airport’s annual Part 139 Certification Inspection.
A comprehensive economic impact study, published in FY2012, reported the Port had a 10 percent growth in business activity from FY2010 to FY2011 for a total value to our community of $15.3 billion. Growth in both cruise and cargo activity resulted in an estimated 1,260 new direct jobs generating approximately $58 million in wages and salaries.
More than 160,000 Florida jobs are supported by the Port, including more than 11,400 people who work for companies that provide direct services at Port Everglades. In addition, $541.8 million of state and local taxes were generated by activity at the cargo and cruise terminals, including $387.4 million generated by the related users throughout the state.
An estimated 3.6 million multiday passengers visited Port Everglades in FY 2012. There were nine full-house days with eight cruise ships in Port. New cruise ships included Seabourn’s Seabourn Quest, Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas and P&O Cruises’ Adonia.
As part of the Port’s Master/Vision plan, a $54 million renovation project was completed to modernize Cruise Terminals 2, 19, 21 and 26. Enhancements allow the simultaneous processing of arriving and departing passengers and provide a seamless “curbside-to-ship” guest experience with expanded passenger seating, spacious separate baggage halls, new covered outdoor waiting areas, energy efficient technology and new Florida-inspired artwork.
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