Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport

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Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport
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Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Broward County
Operator Broward County Aviation Department
Serves Greater Miami
Location unincorporated Broward County, Florida
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 65 ft / 20 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
Website www.broward.org/airport
Maps
FAA diagram
FAA diagram
FLL is located in Florida
FLL
FLL
Location of airport in Florida / United States
FLL is located in the US
FLL
FLL
FLL (the US)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10L/28R 9,000 2,743 Asphalt
10R/28L 8,000 2,438 Concrete
Statistics (2017)
Total passengers 32,511,053[1]
Aircraft operations 312,763[1]
Based aircraft (2017) 102[2]

Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (IATA: FLL, ICAO: KFLL, FAA LID: FLL) is in Broward County, Florida, United States, The airport is off Interstate 595, U.S. Route 1, Florida State Road A1A, and Florida State Road 5 bounded by the cities Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Dania Beach,[4] three miles (5 km) southwest of downtown Fort Lauderdale[3] and 21 miles (34 kilometers) 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 it is a focus city for JetBlue and Norwegian Air Shuttle. It is also a focus city for Allegiant Air and Southwest Airlines. In 2016, the top five air carriers by market share were JetBlue Airways at 25%, Southwest Airlines at 19.7%, Spirit Airlines at 19.4%, Delta Air Lines at 10.2%, and American Airlines at 6.9%.[5] FLL is ranked as the 19th 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 2017 the airport processed 32,511,053 passengers[1] (11.3% more than 2016) including 7,183,275 international passengers (18.6% more than 2016).

History[edit]

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 Grumman 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 Avengers 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 1958–1959: 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.

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 New York–Kennedy and no other nonstop flights beyond Tampa and Orlando. Five years later. FLL had added nonstop flights to Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York–La Guardia, Newark, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. (Northeast's nonstop to Los Angeles 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.[6] By 1979, following deregulation, Air Florida, Bahamasair, Florida Airlines, Mackey International Airlines, Republic Airlines, Trans World Airlines and Western Airlines also served the airport.[7]

Low-cost airline traffic grew in the 1990s, with Southwest opening its base in 1996, Spirit in 1999, and JetBlue in 2000. Spirit Airlines made FLL a hub in 2002. 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.[8]

Low-cost competition forced several major legacy airlines to cut back service to FLL, with United pulling out of the airport entirely in 2008[9] and American Airlines moving its New York and Los Angeles services to West Palm Beach in 2013.[10]

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) winds 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.

In February 2007, the airport started fees to all users, including private aircraft. FLL is one of the few airports to administer fees to private pilots. A minimum charge of $10 is assessed on landing private aircraft.

On October 11, 2016, Emirates announced that they would operate a flight from Dubai to Ft. Lauderdale daily using a Boeing 777-200LR. The airline decided on Fort Lauderdale instead of Miami, which has considerably longer runways and better facilities for long haul flights, because of its codeshare agreement with JetBlue. The airline started flying in December 2016. On October 27, 2016, British Airways announced a flight from London Gatwick to Ft. Lauderdale three times a week, which began on July 6, 2017.

A shooting took place at the airport on January 6, 2017 in Terminal 2, claiming five lives and injuring six.[11]

In 2018, NORAD announced that it would be stationing fighter jets at the airport during President Donald Trump's trips to Mar-a-Lago.[12]

Facilities[edit]

Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport covers 1,380 acres (558 ha) and has two runways:[3]

  • 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]

In August 2017, there were 102 aircraft based at this airport: 6 single-engine, 17 multi-engine, 68 jet and 11 helicopter.

Silver Airways has its headquarters in Suite 201 of the 1100 Lee Wagener Blvd building.[14][15] When Chalk's International Airlines existed, its headquarters was on the grounds of the airport in an unincorporated area.[16]

Construction[edit]

Expansion of 10R/28L Runway

In 2003 plans to expand the facility started. Proposed improvements include an extension of runway 10R/28L,[17] 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 on 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.[18]

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.[19] 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]

Terminals[edit]

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 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", underwent $300 million makeover. Construction began in late 2015 and was completed in June 2017.[25]

Delta Air Lines 757-300 at T2

Terminal 1: "New Terminal"- Yellow[edit]

  • The Yellow Terminal has three concourses (A, B, & C) and 24 gates. Concourse A opened on July 5, 2017 and has 7 gates (A1-A7), Concourse B has 7 gates (B2, B4-B9, B3 is now A1), and Concourse C has 9 gates (C1-C9). Concourse A mainly serves international travelers.
  • United Airlines operates a United Club in Concourse C, which opened with the new Terminal in May 2001 as a Continental Airlines Presidents Club.
  • This Terminal is only used by Southwest, Alaska, Allegiant, Silver, United, Bahamasair and WestJet.

Terminal 2: "Delta" Terminal- Red[edit]

  • The Red Terminal 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 and Air Canada.

Terminal 3: Main Terminal- Purple[edit]

  • The Purple Terminal has two concourses (E & F) and 20 gates.
  • In May 2013, a food court opened in Concourse F. It currently consists of a Pei Wei, Einstein Bros. Bagels, and a Steak 'n Shake.[26]
  • This Terminal is only used by JetBlue, Azul, Emirates, American, and Norwegian.

Terminal 4: International Terminal- Green[edit]

  • The Green Terminal has one concourse (G) and 11 gates (G1-G6, G10-G14). Concourse H closed in December 2017 and is currently being demolished.
  • 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, 11 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. Currently, gates G1-G6 on the east end and G10-G14 on the west end are operational and in use. Eastern expansion opened its first phase also in December 2017. An expanded Federal Inspection Services facility will also be included in the new Eastern Expansion construction.
  • This Terminal is only used by Spirit, Air Transat, Avianca, British Airways, Caribbean, Copa, Sunwing, TAME, IBC, and SkyBahamas.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinationsRefs
Air Canada Seasonal: Halifax, Ottawa [27]
Air Canada Rouge Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson [27]
Air Transat Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Halifax, Québec City
[28]
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles, San Francisco (ends January 7, 2019),[29] Seattle/Tacoma [30]
Allegiant Air Allentown, Asheville, Belleville/St. Louis, Columbus–Rickenbacker, Charlotte−Concord, Cincinnati, Flint, Greenville/Spartanburg, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Lexington, Louisville, Memphis, Norfolk, Plattsburgh (NY), Syracuse
Seasonal: Cleveland, Grand Rapids
[31]
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Port-au-Prince (ends November 3, 2018)[32] [33]
Avianca Bogotá [34]
Azul Brazilian Airlines Belém, Campinas, Recife [35]
Bahamasair Freeport, Nassau [36]
British Airways London–Gatwick [37]
Caribbean Airlines Kingston, Montego Bay (ends January 7, 2019) [38], Port of Spain [39]
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen [40]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Raleigh/Durham (begins January 3, 2019), Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Seattle/Tacoma
[41]
Delta Connection Raleigh/Durham (ends January 2, 2019) [41]
Emirates Dubai–International [42]
Frontier Airlines Long Island/Islip (begins December 14, 2018),[43] Trenton (resumes December 14, 2018)[43] [44]
IBC Airways Guantánamo Bay, San Juan [45]
JetBlue Airways Aguadilla, Albany, Aruba, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Barbados, Bogotá, Boston, Buffalo, Camagüey, Cancún, Cartagena, Charleston (SC), Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Detroit, Grand Cayman (begins October 25, 2018),[46] Hartford, Havana, Holguín, Jacksonville (FL), Kingston, Las Vegas, Lima, Long Beach (CA), Los Angeles, Medellín–JMC, Mexico City, Montego Bay, Nashville, Nassau, New Orleans, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Newark, Newburgh, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, Providence, Providenciales, Punta Cana, Quito, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San José de Costa Rica, San Juan, Santa Clara, Santiago de los Caballeros,[47] Santo Domingo–Las Americas, Washington–National, White Plains, Worcester
Seasonal: Hayden/Steamboat Springs (begins December 15, 2018),[48] Syracuse
[49]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Barcelona, Copenhagen, London–Gatwick, Madrid (begins October 31, 2018),[50] Oslo–Gardermoen, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Stockholm–Arlanda
Seasonal: Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Rome–Fiumicino (begins October 30, 2018)[51]
[52]
Silver Airways Freeport, Key West, Marsh Harbour, North Eleuthera, Orlando, South Bimini, Tallahassee, Tampa, Treasure Cay
Seasonal: George Town, Governor's Harbour
[53]
SkyBahamas Airlines Freeport, Marsh Harbour, New Bight, South Bimini [54]
Southwest Airlines Albany, Aruba,[55] Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Belize City, Buffalo, Cancún,[56] Chicago–Midway, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas–Love, Denver, Grand Cayman, Hartford, Havana, Houston–Hobby, Indianapolis, Jacksonville (FL),[57] Kansas City, Las Vegas, Long Island/Islip, Montego Bay,[56] Nashville, Nassau, Newark, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Providence, Providenciales, Punta Cana,[58] Raleigh/Durham, San Antonio,[59] San José de Costa Rica,[58] San Juan, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National
Seasonal: Manchester (NH), Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–LaGuardia
[60]
Spirit Airlines Aguadilla, Armenia (Colombia), Aruba, Asheville,[61] Atlanta, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Bogotá, Boston, Cali (begins December 20, 2018),[62] Cancún, Cap-Haïtien,[63] Cartagena, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn,[64] Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Greensboro,[61] Guatemala City, Guayaquil, Hartford, Houston–Intercontinental, Kingston, Las Vegas, Latrobe/Pittsburgh, Lima, Los Angeles, Managua, Medellín–JMC, Montego Bay, Myrtle Beach, Newark, New Orleans, New York–LaGuardia, Niagara Falls, Orlando, Panama City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Plattsburgh (NY), Port-au-Prince, Punta Cana, Richmond,[65] Seattle/Tacoma, St. Croix, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, San José de Costa Rica, San Juan, San Pedro Sula, San Salvador, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Tampa
Seasonal: Kansas City (begins November 9, 2018),[66] Seattle/Tacoma
[67]
Sunwing Airlines Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Québec City
[68]
Swoop Seasonal: Hamilton (ON) (begins October 26, 2018) [69]
TAME Guayaquil [70]
Tropic Ocean Airways Freeport, Great Harbour Cay, Marsh Harbour, North Bimini Airport, St. Petersburg–Downtown, Treasure Cay [71]
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Cleveland
[72]
WestJet Toronto–Pearson
Seasonal: Calgary
[73]

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
FedEx Express Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Worth/Alliance, Greensboro, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Key West, Lubbock, Marathon, Memphis, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, Orlando, Tampa
IBC Airways Cap-Haitien, Guantanamo Bay, Miami, Nassau, Roatan
UPS Airlines Fort Myers, Hartford, Louisville

Statistics[edit]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International
(June 2017 – May 2018)
[74]
Rank City Passengers Airlines
1 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia 1,226,240 Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
2 New Jersey Newark, New Jersey 864,090 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, United
3 New York (state) New York–La Guardia, New York 711,750 Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
4 Maryland Baltimore, Maryland 663,270 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
5 New York (state) New York–JFK, New York 584,380 Delta, JetBlue, Virgin America
6 Illinois Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 488,630 American, JetBlue, Spirit, United
7 Michigan Detroit, Michigan 431,870 Delta, JetBlue, Spirit
8 Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 411,750 American, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
9 Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts 404,110 Delta, JetBlue, Spirit
10 Texas Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 382,870 American, Spirit
Busiest international routes from FLL (2016)[75]
Rank City Passengers Top carriers
1 Toronto–Pearson, Canada 509,755 Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing, WestJet
2 Montréal, Canada 483,970 Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing, WestJet
3 Port-au-Prince, Haiti 451,145 American, JetBlue, Spirit
4 Nassau, Bahamas 420,814 Bahamasair, JetBlue, Southwest
5 San Jose, Costa Rica 303,695 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
6 Bogotá, Colombia 310,999 Avianca, JetBlue, Spirit
7 Montego Bay Jamaica 261,501 Caribbean, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
8 Cancún, Mexico 247,575 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit
9 Kingston, Jamaica 246,886 Caribbean, JetBlue, Spirit
10 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 229,616 JetBlue, Spirit
11 Campinas, Brazil 185,105 Azul
12 Medellín, Colombia 172,929 JetBlue, Spirit
13 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 163,920 Caribbean, JetBlue
14 Cartagena, Colombia 140,266 JetBlue, Spirit
15 Lima, Peru 132,018 JetBlue, Spirit
16 London, United Kingdom 112,394 British Airways, Norwegian Air Shuttle

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned), 1957 - 2017[76]
Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers
1957 41,335 1967 495,279 1977 4,397,858 1987 8,616,609 1997 12,277,411 2007 22,681,903 2017 32,511,053
1958 48,568 1968 806,679 1978 5,735,800 1988 8,576,814 1998 12,453,874 2008 22,621,698
1959 134,773 1969 1,301,668 1979 6,221,150 1989 8,506,353 1999 13,990,692 2009 21,061,131
1960 195,907 1970 1,623,473 1980 6,024,879 1990 9,098,124 2000 15,860,004 2010 22,412,627
1961 213,289 1971 1,867,877 1981 5,742,071 1991 8,045,712 2001 16,407,927 2011 23,349,835
1962 209,629 1972 2,785,744 1982 5,845,575 1992 8,344,866 2002 17,037,261 2012 23,569,103
1963 205,592 1973 3,181,186 1983 5,700,612 1993 9,172,308 2003 17,938,046 2013 23,559,779
1964 185,058 1974 3,438,430 1984 6,433,464 1994 10,571,364 2004 20,819,292 2014 24,648,306
1965 252,040 1975 3,698,896 1985 6,752,967 1995 9,850,713 2005 22,390,285 2015 26,941,511
1966 317,721 1976 4,101,438 1986 7,933,054 1996 11,163,852 2006 21,369,787 2016 29,205,002
Aircraft operations by calendar year
Year Aircraft operations
2011 227,089
2012 241,531
2013 255,406
2014 258,254
2015 278,002
2016 290,239
2017 312,763
Source: Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport[77][78]

Airline Market Share[edit]

Airline market share (2017)[79]
Rank Carrier Passengers Share
1 JetBlue 7,287,044 25.0%
2 Southwest 6,403,602 19.7%
3 Spirit 6,313,154 19.4%
4 Delta 3,321,642 10.2%
5 American 2,231,671 6.9%
6 United 1,965,959 6.0%

GA overcrowding reliever facility[edit]

See Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

Art Exhibit[edit]

Internationally known artist and sculptor Duane Hanson created an installation for his work "Vendor with Walkman" at the Departure Level of Terminal 3 at the airport. Hamson, who retired and died in nearby Boca Raton, created a seated middle-aged man wearing a red T-shirt, blue pants, baseball cap and listening to a walkman during a break. The installation accessories give additional clues to the narrative of the artwork: toy airplane, various signs, and announcement for the shop, janitorial supplies.[80]

The artwork has since been moved to Terminal 1 Arrival Level.

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.

Ride-sharing apps can also be used to and from the airport in designated pickup and drop-off places found between Terminals 1 and 2 and Terminals 3 and 4.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

FedEx Express Flight 910 experienced a landing gear malfunction in October 2016

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.[81]

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.[82]

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.[83]

On October 29, 2015, Dynamic Airways Flight 405, a Boeing 767-246ER (N251MY) was taxiing to a runway to take off for a flight to Caracas, Venezuela. when its left engine caught fire due to a fuel leak. The crew immediately stopped the airplane and fire crews arrived on the scene. All 101 passengers and crew were evacuated the aircraft, and 17 passengers were transported to a hospital. All runways were shut down and air operations ceased at the airport for three hours.[84]

On October 28, 2016, Fedex Express Flight 910, a McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10F cargo aircraft (N370FE) arriving from Memphis, Tennessee, caught fire after its left landing gear collapsed upon landing. The fire destroyed its left engine and wing. The three-person crew evacuated the aircraft safely.

On January 6, 2017, a mass shooting occurred in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 of the airport.[85] Five people were killed, six others were injured. The shooter was taken into custody without incident and was identified by authorities as Esteban Santiago-Ruiz. Santiago acted alone.[86] In May 2018, Santiago plead guilty to the killings to avoid the death penalty as part of a plea deal. The specifics of the plea deal call for him to serve five consecutive life sentences followed by 120 years in prison without a right to appeal. Santiago is due to be sentenced on August 17, 2018.[87]

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