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News Releases 2011


Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Training Exercise and Disaster Drill

DATE: April 12, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Meyer, Public Information Officer
Broward County Aviation Department
PHONE: 954-359-6116

The Broward County Aviation Department has scheduled its next disaster training exercise at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Thursday, May 5, 2011, at 10 a.m.

The drill will simulate a jetliner crash with more than 30 passengers and crew after take off. The simulated incident will take place in and around a lake west of the airport located at SW 36 Street and SW 24 Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. A mock up of a damaged airliner in the form of several rafts will be used for the water rescue scenario. Students from Calvary Christian Academy's High School Drama Team will serve as volunteers to simulate injured passengers.

More than 100 aviation professionals, fire rescue, emergency medical, and law enforcement personnel from more than 30 agencies and businesses will participate in the exercise. A number of the passengers will be transported for medical treatment, testing the ability of several local hospitals to respond to accidents with multiple victims.

The Broward County Aviation Department and it's airport partners will test the airport's emergency plan, airline ticket counter response, airline family room response, and area trauma centers response.

Temporary Road Closures
During the disaster drill portions of SW 36th Street and Ravenswood Road north of Griffin Road may be temporarily closed for emergency vehicles between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

No Impact on Travelers
This drill will not impact travelers or motorists arriving to or departing from the airport.

Media Information
Members of the news media covering the event should check in at the Joint Information Center at the site. Public Information Officers will escort crews to and from the mock crash site. There will be a media sign-in to obtain a Drill ID badge prior to proceeding to the Media Staging Area on the scene. Reporters and photographers are encouraged to arrive by 9:30 a.m.

For safety reasons, the media will be required to remain in the observer area unless escorted by a Public Information Officer near the mock crash site.

As part of the airport's Part 139 Certification, disaster drills are required every three years. The Broward County Aviation Department conducted its last drill in November, 2009.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport's North Runway Scheduled for Lengthy Closure 
DATE: March 28, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Meyer, Public Information Officer
Broward County Aviation Department
PHONE: 954-359-6116

The airport's North Runway (9L/27R) will close from Tuesday, May 3, 2011, through Thursday, July 7, 2011, for up to 65 days to complete a number of critical construction projects and to install several safety enhancement features.

The activity includes:

  • Constructing high speed runway exits which will enhance the safety and capacity of the airport by allowing faster clearance of landing aircraft from the runway.
  • Installing Runway Status Lights to advise pilots of potential runway conflicts.
  • Widening of taxiways at the east end of the runway. This will allow flights to line up more efficiently on the taxiways and improve access to the runway.
  • Relocating Navigational Aids.

This work is critical and will enhance safety of the North Runway. The work is being carefully coordinated among various contractors to minimize impacts to the surrounding communities. Contractors will work around the clock seven days a week to expedite the work.

During the construction period, departing and arriving flights will use the Diagonal Runway (13/31).

Weekly construction updates and FAQs will be posted on the airport's web site at

For noise issues, contact:
Winston Cannicle, Noise & Environmental Compliance Specialist
Broward County Aviation Department
Tel: 954-359-6181


February 4, 2011

North Perry Airport Receives FAA Safety Award

North Perry Airport (HWO) has received the 2010 Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Southern Region Runway Safety Partnership Award. This award recognizes HWO's outstanding work and contributions made this past year to enhance safety.

Broward County Aviation Department employees designed a "Special Emphasis" Program to enhance operational safety at the airport. The program included runway safety education for tenants, enhancements to the airport drivers' training program, and monthly runway safety meetings with airport tenants.

Director of Aviation, Kent George, states, "Our plan included the addition of new airfield signs, tighter access controls for visitors, extensive and ongoing training programs for airport users, outreach to student pilots and flight schools, and the conversion of the airfield signage and markings to commercial service airport standards. In fact, they are the same standards we use at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). As a result of the team's hard work and attention to detail, we believe our efforts paid off. In 2010, there were no runway incursions reported at North Perry Airport."

FAA inspectors review the Airport's compliance with the FAA's airfield safety requirements. These inspections are some of the most comprehensive evaluations that an airport faces.

HWO is a general aviation airport managed by the Broward County Aviation Department. It is located in Pembroke Pines, Florida, and consists of 511 acres with over 300 aircraft based at the airport. There were about 130,000 take-offs and landings in 2010. Operators include five flight schools, two banner towing companies, several news helicopters, and two fixed-based operators. In 2008, the Florida Department of Transportation recognized HWO as General Aviation Airport of the Year. For more information about HWO, go to or call 954-359-1016.

MEDIA CONTACT: Allan Siegel, Community Outreach Coordinator
Broward County Aviation Department
PHONE: 954-359-6978


February 3, 2011

Passenger Traffic Increases for 16 Consecutive Months at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport  
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport's (FLL) total passenger traffic for the month of December 2010 was up 10.3% over December 2009. International traffic was up 16.1 percent for the same period. Our overall passenger traffic increased 6.4 percent for the year.

December marked the 16th consecutive month of positive growth in passenger traffic. It was also the fourth consecutive month of double-digit growth. In addition, December was the busiest on record for total passenger traffic. December was also the busiest month on record for international traffic.

Year end 2010 total traffic was 22,412,627, up 6.4 percent over 2009. International traffic was 3,447,393, up 13.9 percent over 2009 and was the busiest year on record.

Aviation Director Kent George said, "FLL's 16 months of passenger growth and 6.4 percent increase over 2009 shows the economy continues to improve and the airlines are adding capacity to meet the growing demand in our market. Broward County is one of the most desirable destinations in the country, and we are honored to provide a gateway to affordable air service."  

MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Meyer, Public Information Officer
Broward County Aviation Department
PHONE: 954-359-6116