Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport

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Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport
Fort Lauderdale airport logo.jpg
WMO: 74783
Airport type Public
Owner Broward County
Operator Broward County Aviation Department
Serves Greater Miami
Location Broward County, Florida
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 9 ft / 3 m
Coordinates 26°04′21″N 080°09′10″W / 26.07250°N 80.15278°W / 26.07250; -80.15278Coordinates: 26°04′21″N 080°09′10″W / 26.07250°N 80.15278°W / 26.07250; -80.15278
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10L/28R 9,000 2,743 Asphalt
10R/28L 8,000 2,438 Concrete
Statistics (2013)
Total passengers 23,559,779[2]
Aircraft operations 255,406[2]
Based aircraft 88[3]

Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (IATA: FLLICAO: KFLLFAA LID: FLL) is in unincorporated Broward County, Florida between Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Dania Beach,[5] three miles (5 km) southwest of downtown Fort Lauderdale[4] and 21 miles (33.7 km) north of Miami. The airport is near cruise line terminals at Port Everglades and is popular among tourists bound for the Caribbean. Since the late 1990s, FLL has become an intercontinental gateway, although Miami International Airport still handles most long-haul flights.

It is the largest base for Spirit Airlines, catering mainly to the airline's international to domestic network, and is a focus city for Allegiant Air, JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines and the headquarters of regional carrier Silver Airways. From December 2011 through November 2012, the top five air carriers by domestic market share were: JetBlue Airways at 18.21%; Southwest Airlines at 17.50%; Spirit Airlines at 16.24%; Delta Air Lines at 15.60%; and US Airways at 8.16%.[6] FLL is ranked as the 21st busiest airport (in terms of passenger traffic) in the United States, as well as the nation's 14th busiest international air gateway and one of the world's 50 busiest airports. FLL is classified by the US Federal Aviation Administration as a "major hub" facility serving commercial air traffic. In 2011 the airport processed 23,349,835 passengers[7] (4.2% more than 2010) including 3,608,922 international passengers (4.7% more than 2010) The airport surpassed 2007/2008 levels by 728,147 passengers.


Merle Fogg Airport opened on an abandoned 9-hole golf course on May 1, 1929. At the start of World War II, it was commissioned by the United States Navy and renamed Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale. The base was initially used for refitting civil airliners for military service before they were ferried across the Atlantic to Europe and North Africa. NAS Fort Lauderdale later became a main training base for Naval Aviators and enlisted naval air crewmen flying the TBF and TBM Avenger for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps aboard aircraft carriers and from expeditionary airfields ashore. NAS Fort Lauderdale was the home base for Flight 19, the five TBM Avenger aircraft that disappeared in December 1945, leading in part to the notoriety of the Bermuda Triangle.

NAS Fort Lauderdale closed on October 1, 1946 and was transferred to county control, becoming Broward County International Airport.

Commercial flights to Nassau began on June 2, 1953 and domestic flights began in 1958–59: Northeast Airlines and National Airlines DC-6Bs flew nonstop to Idlewild, and Northeast flew nonstop to Washington National. In 1959 the airport opened its first permanent terminal building and assumed its current name.

The airport seen from an airliner

In 1966 the airport averaged 48 airline operations a day; in 1972 it averaged 173 a day. The Feb 1966 Official Airline Guide shows three nonstop departures to JFK and no other nonstops beyond Tampa and Orlando; five years later FLL had added nonstops to ATL, BAL, BOS, BUF, ORD, CLE, DTW, MSP, LGA, EWR, PHL and PIT. (Northeast's nonstop to LAX had already been dropped.) By 1974 the airport was served by Braniff International Airways, Delta Air Lines, Eastern Air Lines, National Airlines, Northwest Orient Airlines, Shawnee Airlines and United Airlines.[8] By 1979, following deregulation, Air Florida, Bahamasair, Florida Airlines, Mackey International Airlines, Republic Airlines, Trans World Airlines and Western Airlines also served the airport.[9]

Low-cost traffic grew in the 1990s, with Southwest opening its base in 1996, Spirit in 1999, and JetBlue in 2000. Spirit made FLL a hub in 2002 and in 2003 JetBlue made FLL a focus city. US Airways also planned a hub at Fort Lauderdale in the mid-2000s as part of its reorganization strategy before its merger with America West.[10] Low-cost competition forced several major legacy airlines to cut back service to FLL, with United pulling out entirely in 2008[11] and American Airlines moving its New York and Los Angeles services to West Palm Beach in 2013.[12]

During the 2005 hurricane season FLL was affected by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Wilma. Katrina struck land in late August as a Category 1 and made landfall on Keating Beach just two miles from the airport (near the border of Broward and Miami-Dade counties) with 80 mph (130 km/h) but caused only minor damage, however the airport was closed for about a 48-hour period. However, when Hurricane Wilma made landfall in October roof damage was reported along with broken windows, damaged jetways, and destroyed canopies. The airport was closed for a period of 5 days. Hurricane Wilma was a Category 2 when its center passed to the west of FLL.

Beginning February 2007 the airport started fees to all users, including private aircraft. It is one of a handful of airports to administer fees to private pilots. A minimum charge of $10 is assessed to private aircraft which land at the airport.

The airport has been used by filmmakers numerous times, the most famous of these being scenes from Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise[citation needed].


FAA diagram of FLL

Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport covers 1,380 acres (558 ha) and has two runways, one of which was under construction:[4]

  • 10L/28R: 9,000 x 150 ft (2,743 x 46 m) Asphalt
  • 10R/28L: 8,000 x 150 ft (2,438 x 46 m) Concrete (Opened September 18, 2014.)[13]
  • 13R/31L: Decommissioned in 2014.[14]

Silver Airways has its headquarters in Suite 201 of the 1100 Lee Wagener Blvd building.[15][16] When Chalk's International Airlines existed, its headquarters was on the grounds of the airport in an unincorporated area.[17]


Expansion of 10R/28L Runway

In 2003 plans were started to expand the facility. Proposed improvements include an extension of runway 10R/28L,[18] construction and modifications to the airport's taxiway system to provide for increased speed, improved inter-terminal passenger movement and extensive terminal upgrades. The plan was updated a second time in April 25, 2006. Complaints by nearby communities about noise, along with concerns about buyout requirements, delayed construction that is expected to keep Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport viable through 2020.[19]

On June 5, 2007, Broward County commissioners voted six to three in favor of extending the southern 10R/28L runway. The proposal looks to extend the runway to 8,000 ft in order to accommodate larger aircraft and to allow airplanes to land side by side at the same time. The proposal was approved by the FAA and expansion of the south runway is now complete, with the opening of the runway in September 2014.[13] The crosswind runway (13/31) was decommissioned on May 6, 2013.[14] All four terminals, now having 57 gates, will have 97 with the completion of a new long-haul international Terminal Four and Concourse A at Terminal One. By 2020, Ft. Lauderdale–Hollywood is projected to handle 36 million passengers annually.[20]

Demolition and Reconstruction of Terminal Four

During and after the expansion of runway 10R/28L, reconstruction of Terminal Four will begin at the cost of $450 million. The H concourse will be demolished to build the new "G" concourse. In this process four new gates will be added. Concession space will be increased from 2,128 ft² to 28,000 ft² and a secure walkway will be added to connect terminals three and four.[21]


Destinations with direct service from FLL

Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport has four terminals. Terminal 1, commonly referred to as "The New Terminal," opened in stages between 2001 and 2003 and was designed by Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum[22] and Cartaya Associates.[23] The other three terminals designed by were constructed in 1986 and designed by Reynolds, Smith & Hills as part of a $263 million construction project.[24] Terminal 4, commonly referred to as the International Terminal, was inaugurated by a Concorde visit in 1983. Since 2005, T4 has been undergoing renovations and a major expansion designed by PGAL/Zyscovich joint venture. The airport announced that Terminal 1, common known as "The New Terminal", will undergo $300 million makeover which construction is expected to begin in late 2014 and should be completed by 2017.[25]

Fort Lauderdale Hollywood Airport Terminal Map
Delta Air Lines 757-300 at T2

Terminal 1 – New Terminal (yellow)[edit]

  • Terminal 1 has two concourses (B & C) and 18 gates. Southwest Airlines given greenlight for Concourse A construction.
  • United Airlines operates a United Club in Concourse C, which opened with the new Terminal in May 2001 as a Continental Airlines presidents Club.
  • United operates out of gates C1, C2, and C3, while the CLE-FLL ERJ 145 operates out of C7.
  • This Terminal is only used by Southwest, Alaska, Allegiant, Frontier, Silver, United, United Express, Virgin America, and WestJet.

Terminal 2 – "Delta" Terminal (red)[edit]

  • Terminal 2 has one concourse (D) and 9 gates.
  • Delta Air Lines operates a Sky Club here – one of six clubrooms in the state of Florida.
  • This Terminal is only used by Delta, Delta Connection, Condor (seasonal), and Air Canada.

Terminal 3 – Main Terminal (purple or violet)[edit]

  • Terminal 3 has two concourses (E & F) and 20 gates.
  • In May 2013 a food court opened in Concourse F with a Pei Wei, Jamba Juice, and a Steak 'n Shake.[26]
  • This Terminal is only used by Azul, Bahamasair, US Airways, American, Norwegian, JetBlue, CanJet*, and Spirit.

Terminal 4 – International Terminal (green)[edit]

  • Terminal 4 has one concourse (H) and 7 gates. H1, H3 and H5 are closed due to the expansion of Terminal 4.
  • Note: Terminal 4 handles all non-precleared international arrivals, in addition to the departures listed in the table.
  • Commuter airlines use gate "J" which is on the lower level adjacent to recheck. Concourse H is currently being reconfigured and designed by the architectural firms of PGAL/Zyscovich joint venture. The new three-story facility renamed Concourse G will have 14 new gates, 12 of which are international/domestic capable and one arrivals area for bussing operations. New concessions and approximately 50,000 s.f. of administrative offices for the Aviation Department are being designed on the upper levels of the facility. Western Expansion began construction in 2013. An expanded Federal Inspection Services facility will also included in the new Eastern Expansion construction.
  • This Terminal is only used by Air Sunshine, Air Transat, Avianca, Caribbean, Condor (seasonal), Copa, JetBlue (Cuba charters), Spirit, Sunwing* (seasonal), TAME, Volaris, IBC Airways, and SkyBahamas.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled flights[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal/Concourse
Air Canada Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Quebec City, Toronto–Pearson 4-H
Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma 1-C
Allegiant Air Asheville, Columbus-Rickenbacker, Concord (NC) (begins May 8, 2015), Cincinnati, Greenville (SC), Indianapolis (begins April 8, 2015), Knoxville, Lexington, Memphis (begins May 22, 2015), Plattsburgh (NY), Syracuse 1-C
American Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Port-au-Prince 3-E
Avianca Bogotá 4-H
Azul Brazilian Airlines Campinas 3-E
Bahamasair Freeport, Nassau 3-E
CanJet Toronto-Pearson 3-E
Caribbean Airlines Kingston, Montego Bay, Port of Spain 4-H
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt 2-D/4-H
Copa Airlines Panama City 4-H
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia
Seasonal: Boston
Delta Connection Raleigh–Durham
Seasonal: Cincinnati, Tallahassee
Frontier Airlines Cincinnati, Cleveland, Trenton, Washington-Dulles (ends April 29, 2015)
Seasonal: St. Louis
IBC Airways Cap-Haitien 4-J
JetBlue Airways Austin, Baltimore (begins November 12, 2015),[27] Bogotá, Boston, Cancún, Cartagena, Cleveland (begins April 30, 2015), Detroit (begins April 30, 2015), Hartford, Jacksonville, Kingston, Las Vegas, Lima, Los Angeles, Medellín–Cordova, Montego Bay, Nassau, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Newark, Newburgh, Pittsburgh, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, Providence, Punta Cana, Raleigh–Durham, Richmond, San Francisco, San José de Costa Rica, San Juan, Santo Domingo, Washington–National, White Plains, Worcester
Seasonal: Buffalo
Charter: Havana
Norwegian Air Shuttle
operated by Norwegian Long Haul
Copenhagen, London–Gatwick, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda 3-E
Silver Airways[28] Freeport, Jacksonville, Key West, Marsh Harbour, North Eleuthera, Orlando, South Bimini, St. Petersburg/Clearwater (begins May 06, 2015), Tallahassee, Tampa, Treasure Cay
Seasonal: George Town, Governor's Harbour
SkyBahamas Airlines Bimini, Freeport, Marsh Harbour 4-J
Southwest Airlines Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Buffalo, Chicago–Midway, Columbus (OH), Dallas–Love, Denver, Hartford, Houston‑Hobby, Las Vegas, Long Island/Islip, Nashville, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Providence, San Juan, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington–National (begins August 9, 2015)
Seasonal: Albany (NY), Indianapolis, Kansas City, Manchester (NH), Milwaukee, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh‑Durham
Spirit Airlines Aguadilla, Armenia (Colombia), Aruba, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Bogotá, Boston, Cancún, Cartagena, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Guatemala City, Houston-Intercontinental, Las Vegas, Lima, Los Angeles, Managua, Medellin–Cordova, Montego Bay, Myrtle Beach, New Orleans, New York‑LaGuardia, Niagara Falls, Orlando, Panama City, Pittsburgh-Latrobe, Plattsburgh (NY), Port-au-Prince, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San José de Costa Rica, San Juan, San Pedro Sula, San Salvador (Bahamas), San Salvador, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo, Tampa, Toluca/Mexico City
Seasonal: Kingston, Minneapolis–St. Paul, Punta Cana
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Quebec City, Toronto–Pearson 4-H
TAME Guayaquil, Quito 4-H
United Airlines Chicago O'Hare, Cleveland (ends April 7, 2015), Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, San Francisco
Seasonal: Denver
US Airways Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Washington–National 3-E
Virgin America Los Angeles, San Francisco
Seasonal: New York–JFK
Volaris Guadalajara, Mexico City 4-H
WestJet Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Ottawa, Quebec City, Winnipeg

Charter flights[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Evac International Cozumel
BBA Aviation
Locair Marsh Harbour
Sheltair Aviation Services
Sun Air International Pittsburgh

Cargo carriers[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Amerijet International San Pedro Sula
DHL Express Dallas/Fort Worth
FedEx Express Indianapolis, Memphis, Dallas, Newark
IBC Airways Miami[29]
FedEx Express operated by Mountain Air Cargo Key West, Marathon
UPS Airlines Louisville

Traffic and Statistics[edit]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from FLL (December 2013 – November 2014)[30]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Atlanta, Georgia 1,152,320 Delta, Southwest, Spirit
2 New York (LGA), New York 716,640 Delta, JetBlue, Spirit
3 Baltimore, Maryland 506,800 Southwest, Spirit
4 New York (JFK), New York 482,000 Delta, JetBlue, Virgin America
5 Newark, New Jersey 458,000 JetBlue, United
6 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 377,000 American, Spirit
7 Charlotte, NC 371,180 US Airways
8 Detroit, Michigan 372,000 Delta, Spirit
9 Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois 343,420 American, Spirit, United
10 San Juan, PR 329,660 JetBlue, Spirit, Southwest
Busiest international routes, January–June, 2014 [31]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
4 WestJet

Traffic Statistics[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at Fort Lauderdale Airport, 1957 thru 2014[32]
Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers
2014 24,648,306 2010 22,412,627 1990 9,098,124 1970 1,623,473
2013 23,559,779 2009 21,061,131 1989 8,506,353 1969 1,301,668
2012 23,569,103 2008 22,621,698 1988 8,576,814 1968 806,679
2011 23,349,835 2007 22,681,903 1987 8,616,609 1967 495,279
2006 21,369,787 1986 7,933,054 1966 317,721
2005 22,390,285 1985 6,752,967 1965 252,040
2004 20,819,292 1984 6,433,464 1964 185,058
2003 17,938,046 1983 5,700,612 1963 205,592
2002 17,037,261 1982 5,845,575 1962 209,629
2001 16,407,927 1981 5,742,071 1961 213,289
2000 15,860,004 1980 6,024,879 1960 195,907
1999 13,990,692 1979 6,221,150 1959 134,773
1998 12,453,874 1978 5,735,800 1958 48,568
1997 12,277,411 1977 4,397,858 1957 41,335
1996 11,163,852 1976 4,101,438
1995 9,850,713 1975 3,698,896
1994 10,571,364 1974 3,438,430
1993 9,172,308 1973 3,181,186
1992 8,344,866 1972 2,785,744
1991 8,045,712 1971 1,867,877
Aircraft operations by calendar year
Aircraft operations
2011 227,089
2012 241,531
2013 255,406
2014 258,254
Source: Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport [33]

Source: Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport [34]

GA overcrowding reliever facility[edit]

See Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

Ground transportation[edit]

FLL is served by Broward County Transit bus Route 1 which offers connecting service through the Central Terminal in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, and also service to Aventura, in Miami-Dade County.

Rail service between Miami and West Palm Beach is provided by Tri-Rail commuter rail service at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport station, accessible via a free Tri-Rail shuttle from the main terminals. The shuttle stops at 3 locations at the airport, all on the lower level: west end of terminal 1, between terminals 2 and 3, and between terminals 3 and 4. The shuttle operates 7 days a week.

The airport also offers airport parking and operates a consolidated rental car facility which can be accessed from Terminal 1 by a short walk and from the other terminals by a free shuttle bus service.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On May 18, 1972, an Eastern Air Lines McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 had its landing gear collapse and tail section separate during landing. The aircraft then caught fire but all passengers and crew were able to safely evacuate.[35]

On July 7, 1983, Air Florida Flight 8 with 47 people on board was flying from Fort Lauderdale International Airport to Tampa International Airport. One of the passengers handed a note to one of the flight attendants, saying that he had a bomb, and telling them to fly the plane to Havana, Cuba. He revealed a small athletic bag, which he opened, and inside was an apparent explosive device. The airplane was diverted to Havana-José Martí International Airport, and the hijacker was taken into custody by Cuban authorities.[36]

On November 19, 2013, an Air Evac International Learjet 35 crashed shortly after take-off from the airport, on its way to Cozumel, Mexico, after calling mayday and during an attempt to return to the airport, possibly due to engine failure, leaving 4 persons dead.[37]


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