Fort Lauderdale International (FLL)
FLL offers non-stop service to more than 55 U.S. cities, and international service to areas in Canada, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico, Latin America and South America. Last year 22.4 million passengers went through the gates at the South Florida airport. It is the 23rd busiest airport in the U.S., in terms of passenger traffic and ranks among the top 50 in the world. It is also the largest employer in Broward County with almost 11,500 employees.
Located five minutes from downtown Fort. Lauderdale, the three-runway airport is the location of Spirit Airlines’ largest hub, which caters to both international and domestic flights. FLL has four main terminals, including the International Terminal, which in 1983 was opened by a visit from the supersonic Concorde. Terminal One, also known as “The New Terminal” was recently open in stages between 2001 and 2003. Runway 9L/27R was expanded to 9,000 ft in 2003 after plans were created to meet the increasing demand for more landing space. Enhanced inter-terminal passenger movement and wide terminal upgrades came along with the 2003 project. FLL also welcomes the following cargo carriers to operate on its premises; Airborne Express, Burlington Air Express, Emery Worldwide, Federal Express, Mountain Air Cargo and United Parcel Service.
History of Fort Lauderdale International
On May 1, 1929, built on a 9-hole golf course, Merle Fogg Airport started operation. World War II caused the renaming of the airport to NAS Fort Lauderdale, after it was commissioned by the United States Navy. Former President George H.W. Bush learned to fly at the base in 1943. Broward County bought the land in 1946 and renamed the airport again to Broward County International Airport. With it first commercial flight servicing Nassau, that began on June 2, 1953. Southwest, Spirit and JetBlue all opened up bases here, respectively in 1996, 1999 and 2001. Movie “Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise” shot scenes at FLL. The airport, which has 75 years of experience, recently completed a $695 million expansion project turning its terminals, garage complex, and local roadways into a more user-friendly, modern, easily accessible airport to perform as a world-class transportation facility.