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News Releases - 2007

December 21, 2007

FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TRAFFIC UP WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH FOR 4th CONSECUTIVE MONTH

October 2007 total traffic was up 10.1% as 1,621,905 passengers traveled through Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport. Domestic traffic was up 7.9%, and International traffic was up 32.7%. It was the fourth consecutive month of double-digit growth.
Air Carrier operations were 19,024, up 7.4% over last year. General Aviation was down 13.3% for the month. Total aircraft operations were 23,040, up 3.2%.

The low-fare carriers continued their trend of positive growth. Spirit carried 268,596 passengers, more than doubling last October's activity. AirTran was up 32.2%. Frontier 31.9%, Southwest was up 3.6%.

Continental and United were the only legacy carriers to show positive growth during the period with Continental increasing 8.2% and United 0.4% over the same period last year.

On the operations side, Spirit operated an average of 36 flights a day, 15 more daily departures than October 2006. AirTran was up 2 flights during the same period.

International traffic is expected to continue to grow during the last quarter of 2007. Spirit airlines added service to Aruba in November and Freeport in December. American begins service to Port Au Prince, Santo Domingo, and San Jose in December.

JetBlue began service to Buffalo, Syracuse, and Ponce, Puerto Rico in November. Spirit also began Ponce service in November, and Allegiant commenced service to 12 new markets in November.

Top 10 market share rankings (includes commuters) and passengers for October 2007:

Spirit 16.6% 268,596
Delta 14.2% 230,432
Southwest 13.7% 221,638
JetBlue 11.5% 187,279
Continental 9.3% 150,487
US Airways 9.0% 146,075
American 8.4% 135,588
AirTran 6.2% 100,742
Northwest 2.8% 45,118
United 2.2% 35,235

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For more information please contact:
Greg Meyer, Public Information Officer
Broward County Aviation Department
100 Aviation Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Tel: (954) 359-6116 / Fax: (954) 359-5797

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is a service of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners


December 4, 2007

US NAVY FLIGHT 19 MEMORIAL CEREMONY AT FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale will be hosting a Flight 19 Memorial Ceremony to honor the 14 Naval Air Station Airmen who disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle 62 years ago.

The program will include the presentation of Colors by the United States Marine Corp (Junior ROTC) and the United States Navy Honor Guard, an opening prayer, and comments from Broward County’s Vice Mayor, Stacy Ritter, and Mayor Jim Naugle of the City of Fort Lauderdale.

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Where: East side of FAA Control Tower at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport

Background

Flight 19 was the designation of five US Navy TBM Avenger torpedo bombers which disappeared on a training exercise out of the Fort Lauderdale Naval Air Station (now FLL) on December 5, 1945. The aircraft and 14 crew members were never found, and neither was one of the search planes, a Martin PBM Mariner which exploded with the loss of 14 aircrew. U.S. Navy investigators concluded that Flight 19 became disoriented and ditched at sea when the aircraft ran out of fuel. Some questioned the explanation; doubts which helped develop the Bermuda Triangle legend.

For further information please contact: Al McElhiney
(954) 359-4400 or (954) 804-5405


November 15, 2007

FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EXPECTING A SIXTEEN PERCENT INCREASE IN PASSENGERS DURING THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Five hundred thousand travelers are expected to fly in and out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. The holiday period runs from Tuesday, November 20 through Monday, November 26. It is anticipated that more than 70,000 passengers a day during our peak travel times will use the airport on Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to the parking garages ($15.00/day) adjacent to the Terminals, there are several other parking options this year. The “Park & Save” lot located west of the airport has 1,000 additional parking spaces for public parking at $9.00 a day. To access the “Park and Save” lot take, Griffin Road just west of I-95 to Ravenswood, turn right and follow the signs. The “Holiday” lot is open and is located on the west side of the airport off Perimeter Road near the FAA Control Tower.

The “Green” lot will open Tuesday, November 20, if other parking areas approach capacity. The lot is located on the south side of the airport off Perimeter Road. All vehicles must be out of the green lot by Tuesday, November 27. There is a one-time fee of $10.00.

The parking peak is expected on Saturday, November 24, with as many as 16,000 vehicles parked throughout the airport lots and garages. For your convenience, valet parking is located in the Palm and Hibiscus garages. Follow the signs for valet parking. You can even reserve a valet spot at www.fll.net in the parking section of our website.

While there will be sufficient parking, it will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Some of the parking areas will fill-up earlier than others, and travelers should allow an extra hour to be directed to available parking.

Travelers can tune in to the Airport Radio Station, 1670 AM, on the way to the Airport to get the most current information on available parking. The station can be received approximately 2 miles from the Airport or can be listened to on our web site at www.fll.net.

All Passengers are reminded to arrive 2 hours early for domestic flights and 3 hours early for international flights. Call your airline or check their websites for the latest information on flight status.

For more information please contact:
Greg Meyer, Public Information Officer
Broward County Aviation Department
100 Aviation Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315
Tel: (954) 359-6116 / Fax: (954) 359-5797

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is a service of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners


November 9, 2007

TEMPORARY CHANGE IN FLIGHT PATTERNS FOR NORTH RUNWAY MAINTENANCE WORK AT FORT LAUDERDALE–HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Airfield maintenance work at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will result in the closure of Runway 9L-27R (North Runway) from 12:01 a.m.–5:30 a.m., Thursday, November 29, 2007–Thursday, December 6, 2007. The closures will allow workers to perform routine maintenance which includes rubber removal, repainting of the runway, repairs to the runway lighting system, safety area work and, other airfield work.

During the closure period, the airport will use Runway 13-31; and residents living in northeast Dania and southwest Fort Lauderdale may notice an increase in aircraft operations over their communities.

Please note the following:

  • Runway 9L-27R (North Runway) will be closed each night from 12:01 a.m. until 5:30 a.m.
  • Runway 13-31 (Crosswind Runway) will be used for arrivals and departures between the hours of 12:01 a.m. until 5:30 a.m.

For more information please contact:
Greg Meyer, Public Information Officer
Broward County Aviation Department
100 Aviation Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315
Tel: (954) 359-6116 / Fax: (954) 359-0027

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is a service of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners


November 7, 2007

FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONALAIRPORT’S GREEN AIRPORT INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES MEETINGS

Broward County Aviation Department’s Green Airport Initiative (GAI) will hold three public meetings to discuss its final reports and recommendations.

The findings from the GAI study will help Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL) improve environmental quality and efficiency. Clean Airport Partnership, Inc., a private consulting firm, conducted the study on behalf of Broward County.

MEETING SCHEDULE

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Dania Beach City Hall, Commission Chambers
100 West Dania Beach Boulevard, Dania Beach, FL 33004
(This meeting will be held in cooperation with the Melaleuca Gardens Homeowners Association)
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Hollywood City Hall, Commission Chambers
2600 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL 33022
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Locatoin: Pine Island Park Multipurpose Center, Cypress Hall
3801 South Pine Island Road, Davie, FL 33328

An Executive Summary and seven (7) final reports are available on FLL’s web site at www.fll.net.

For more information, please contact:
Greg Meyer, Public Information Officer
Email: gmeyer@broward.org
Tel: (954) 359-6116 / Fax: (954) 359-5797

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is a service of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners


October 26, 2007

PUBLIC COMMENT ENCOURAGED FOR FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NOISE MITIGATION PRINCIPLES

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners invites the public to comment on the broad proposed Noise Mitigation Principles concerning the extension of the preferred runway alternative for the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The Commission meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 6, at 5:01 p.m., in the Commission Chambers in the Governmental Center, 115 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Individuals who would like to comment must register at a registration table outside of the Chambers.

After hearing the comments and deliberating the Commissioners are expected to vote to authorize Aviation Director Kent George to submit a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) outlining Broward County's proposed Noise Mitigation Principles. The FAA will consider these principles for inclusion in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and the Record of Decision (ROD).

These broad proposed Noise Mitigation Principles include:

1. Apply the long-term/ultimate contour
2. Establish mitigation areas based on neighborhoods
3. Acquire mobile home parks in the +65 DNL
4. Sound proofing and easement
5. Purchase assurance/sales guarantee
6. Voluntary acquisition of residentially zoned vacant parce