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

July  2011

Volume 17

In This Issue

Air Canada Introduces The Airbus 330

Dynamic Signage Installation Underway

Spirit Celebrates Inaugural Flight to Toluca, Mexico

National Travel & Tourism Week

AirTran Airlines Now in Terminal One

SkyBahamas Launches New Service to Bahamas

North Perry Airport Gets a Facelift!

CBP Receives 2011 Pilots’ Choice Award


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Air Canada New Airbus

Air Canada announces enhanced non-stop trans-border services to Toronto from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport by introducing its international flagship aircraft, the AIRBUS A330, to South Florida.


The A330 will be the largest passenger aircraft of any scheduled airline operating from Fort Lauderdale on a daily basis. Each seat has its own power port and personal multi-channel on-demand entertainment system. In Hospitality Class, the aircraft also features seat-back on-demand television at no additional charge and seating in a spacious 2-4-2 configuration.


Air Canada offers daily service from Fort Lauderdale to Montreal.  For more information or reservations on Air Canada, visit their web site.

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Travelers looking for open parking spaces will soon find them easier and faster. Electronic signs are being installed in the FLL parking garages that will let travelers know what floor is filled and what floor has open parking spaces. Workers are also installing electronic, directional signs throughout FLL’s terminal roadways. The 22 electronic LED, energy-efficient signs are computer controlled so the messages can change. The signage also includes 28 static directional signs. The contractor will complete the $1.8 million project at the end of August.


For additional information, please contact Project Manager, Jim Gregory, at jgregory@broward.org or call him at 954-359-6273.

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Manuel Jaquez, Spirit's Head-Commercial, Latin America

Poses With Mariachi Band


On June 3, 2011, Spirit Airlines celebrated its inaugural flight to Toluca, Mexico by treating passengers to authentic Mexican music performed by the “Mariachi Voces de America” mariachi band.


Spirit now operates two non-stop flights per week between Fort Lauderdale and Mexico City’s Toluca International Airport.


Only 30 minutes from Mexico City, Toluca International Airport provides customers easy access and serves as a convenient alternate to Mexico City International Airport.


For more information or reservations on Spirit, visit their web site.

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During the week of May 9, the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport celebrated National Travel and Tourism Week. Several appreciation events were held to recognize the critical role frontline employees play and their contributions to the success of the industry. This year’s theme was “Why Travel Matters.” During the week, employees and passengers had the opportunity to spin the prize wheel, listen to live entertainment, and sign up for a raffle drawing.


Raffle winners:


·      3 Night stay at the Sheraton Suites in Plantation:

 Tresha Brown - Hertz (shown in the middle)


·      2 VIP Cards to local attractions:

Edward Henry – American Airlines (shown on the right)


·      Beach Starter Kit:

Jason Beach – passenger (shown on the left)


The National Travel and Tourism Week is a nationwide event that was first celebrated in 1984. Localized events are presented to champion the power of travel. It was established as National Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.”


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AirTran has moved from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1, Concourse C. In an effort to better balance traffic in our four terminals, the Aviation Department relocated AirTran in late May.


AirTran began service at FLL in December 1994. The airline operates 17 daily departures to nine U.S. cities and carries 3,500 passengers to/from FLL daily. AirTran is FLL’s seventh largest carrier with five percent of the market share. When AirTran and Southwest combine forces, the airline will be the largest carrier at FLL.


For more information or reservations on AirTran, visit their web site.


SkyBahamas Airlines began twice daily flights from Nassau and Freeport, Bahamas, May 2011. The airlines operates four aircrafts that seats 33 passengers, equipped with comfortable leather seats, and spacious aisles.  Additionally, they operate one  19 seater aircraft.


For more information or to make a reservation on SkyBahamas, please visit their web site.

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North Perry Airport is undergoing a major landscaping enhancement project. All entranceways to the airport are receiving landscaped mounds complete with native plants and trees. When the project is completed in August, dozens of Sable and Bismarck Palm trees along with Silk Floss trees will welcome visitors to the general aviation reliever airport. Elan Landscaping is handling the installation which is budgeted up to $250,000. The Broward County Aviation Department maintains and manages North Perry Airport.


For additional information, please contact Project Manager, Jim Gregory, at jgregory@broward.org or call him at 954-359-6273.



CBP Fort Lauderdale International Airport receives 2011 Pilots' Choice Award

Customs and Border Protection, Fort Lauderdale International Airport, received second place honors for best U.S. Customs Facility in the 2011 Pilots’ Choice Award. The association responsible for gathering the votes, Flightplan.com, is the largest professional full service flight planning and tracking system for general aviation. The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport General Aviation Facility (GAF) and the Executive Airport ranked 1st and 2nd respectively as the busiest general aviation facilities in CBP.


Approximately 45 percent more pilots voted this year than in 2010. More than 7,480 votes were cast as the pilots picked their favorites. The pilots’ ranking criteria takes into account the traffic at an airport and the amount of competition on the field.


Considering FLL won 2nd place honors for the amount of flights they process is impressive. Port Director George Roig is extremely proud of CBP Fort Lauderdale International Airport’s accomplishment. “This award is clear validation of the professionalism and dedication that the men and women of CBP Fort Lauderdale exhibit on a day-to-day basis to secure our nation and facilitate travel,” said Roig.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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