FLL eNews - Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport - Broward County, Florida

April †2011

Volume 15

In This Issue

Extended Runway Closure

FLL Training Exercise And Disaster Drill

Spirit Announces Service to Mexico

FLL Receives Approval to Re-establish Air Service to Cuba

CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin Visits FLL


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The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airportís North Runway will close from Tuesday, May 3, 2011, through Thursday, July 7, 2011, for up to 65 days. Workers will complete a number of critical construction projects and install several safety enhancement features. During the construction, departing and arriving flights will use the Diagonal Runway.


The contractors are carefully coordinating the construction work to minimize impacts to the surrounding communities. Contractors will also work around the clock seven days a week to finish as quickly as possible.


The activities will include:


         Constructing high speed runway exits to enhance the safety and capacity of the airport by allowing faster clearance of landing aircraft from the runway.

         Installing Runway Status Lights. This will enhance safety by advising pilots of potential runway incursions.

         Widening of taxiways at the east end of the runway. This will allow departing flights to line-up more efficiently on the taxiways and improve access to the runway.

         Relocating Runway Navigational Aids. 


You will find weekly construction updates and FAQs on the Airportís web site at www.fll.net. Then select the Advisories button in the upper right corner.




















(2003 FLL Training Exercise off Dania Beach)


The Broward County Aviation Department will hold its next disaster training exercise near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 10 a.m. The drill will simulate the crash of a jetliner with more than 30 passengers and crew as the plane attempts to land at the airport. The simulated incident will take place in and around a lake northwest of the airport near the Ravenswood community. A mock up of a damaged airliner in the form of several floating rafts will be used for the water rescue scenario. Students from Calvary Christian Academyís High School Drama Team will serve as volunteers to simulate injured passengers.


For additional information, please contact:  Greg Meyer at 954-359-6116 or Email: gmeyer@broward.org


Spirit Airlines announced new service and low fares to Toluca, Mexico. Spirit will begin operating two nonstop flights per week between Fort Lauderdale and Mexico Cityís Toluca International Airport on June 3, 2011.  Please visit Spiritís web site for additional information.



U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, authorized air service to and from Cuba through the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.


The air service to Cuba will not be regularly scheduled commercial service, but charter service through a Coral Gables based air carrier. There will be potentially two flights a week starting this spring or early summer. For more information, contact Gregory Meyer, Public Information Officer at gmeyer@broward.org or 954-359-6116.

(L-R CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin, Phil Allen - Port Director, and

Kent George - Airport Director)


On February 22, 2011, U.S. Customs & Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin briefly toured Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).  He also observed the U.S. Customs operations at FLL.


Bersin held a brief news conference in Terminal 4 discussing CBP Operations and offering some perspective on cargo security. He also discussed the recent request by several airports interested in offering service to Cuba including FLL. It was Commissioner Bersinís first official visit to FLL.


Airport Director Kent George and Port Everglades Director Phil Allen attended the news briefing. They had the opportunity to discuss security, baggage and passenger related issues that impact both FLL and the Port.


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