In January of 2005, FLL opened its state-of-the-art Rental Car Center, which has become a model for airports across the country. Centrally located within the terminal complex, the nine-story consolidated center allows for fast and easy access for passengers. Twelve nationally known rental companies are under one roof and 5,400 cars are readily available so that renting a vehicle is virtually stress free. Leaving the airport is just as easy as getting there. FLL is ideally located near major roadways; I-95, I-75, I-595, U.S. 1, and Florida's Turnpike.
From 2003 through 2007, traffic increased at an average annual rate of seven percent. In terms of passengers, FLL ranked 22nd in the U.S. and 56th worldwide as reported in 2007 by the Department of Transportation.
In 2008 FLL more than 22.6 million passengers, an incredible high mark that demonstrates strong positive growth dating back to 1994 when the airport served ten million passengers.
FLL recently completed a $695 million expansion program transforming its terminals, Garage Complex and local roadways into a more beautiful, user-friendly, easily accessible, modern, world-class transportation facility.
Environmental initiatives are an important part of daily operations for the airport, which includes following Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for all new projects. Such projects include the use of recycled building materials, energy efficient lighting, HVAC systems, low-flow water devices, and reflective roof coatings. FLL operates one of the largest bio-diesel and hybrid-electric bus fleets in the nation. Furthermore, its on-site sorting and separating recycling facility processes approximately 14 million pounds of waste per year, reducing the waste hauled to our area landfills by approximately 70 percent. The Broward County Aviation Department’s maintenance staff vigilantly recycles used oil, light bulbs, tires, batteries, and solvents all used in the operation of FLL.
The airport is currently in the midst of a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) totaling more than 800 million dollars. The CIP is expected to be completed in 2014 and includes the construction of a new runway, terminal redevelopment, and airfield improvements. "The continued growth of the airport is vital to the economic growth and development of the region," says Airport Director Kent George.
FLL along with our sister port, Port Everglades are two of the most important and vibrant economic engines driving Broward County. The airport supports approximately 14,000 jobs directly, another estimated 25,000 related jobs off-airport, and contributes about $2.6 billion to the local economy each year. FLL is completely self supporting with no general taxpayer dollars used to operate and maintain the airport. Governance is overseen by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.
FLL is recognized by travelers as one of the most passenger-friendly airports in the world. With the vision and leadership of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, FLL will continue to exceed passenger expectations for years to come.
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