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FLL eNews
April 2014
Volume 30
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Passport Kiosks Speed Customs Processing

Newly installed passport kiosks will reduce US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processing time for inbound international travelers with United States and Canadian passports.

The kiosk captures and validates travel document and customs declaration data. It will also photograph the face of the passenger and print a receipt to present to a Customs Officer.

The automated passport kiosks are located in Terminal 4. They are a partnership with the CBP and the Broward County Aviation Department.

FLL’s international traffic has tripled in the last 10 years. It is now 16 percent of total traffic compared to 7 percent in 2003.

Copa Airlines
Fly To Panama City, Panama

New nonstop flights between Panama City, Panama, and FLL will begin July 11, 2014. Copa Airlines will offer four weekly nonstop flights.

The flights will depart Panama at 11:46 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. They will arrive in FLL at 4 p.m. The flights will depart FLL at 6 p.m. on the same days. Flights arrive at Copa’s Hub at Tocumen International Airport at 8:03 p.m.

From its hub in Panama, Copa offers flights to 58 Latin America cities. These are more destinations than any other airline from any other hub in Latin American. Passengers making connections do not have immigration/customs waits and baggage is checked to the final destination.

Copa’s on-board service includes:

• Complimentary meals and beverages, including wines and spirits
• 12-channel audio-visual entertainment system in English, Spanish, and Portuguese
• New monthly movies
• Complimentary headsets
• Bilingual flight attendants

Copa Airlines was established in 1947. They transported more than 11 million passengers in 2013. To make reservations, check in for flights, print boarding passes, and purchase tickets, visit Copa Airlines.

Runway and taxiway structures
South Runway Update
Work crews have completed the decks for the runway and taxiway on all 12 structures. They are installing the tunnel’s ventilation, lighting, and fire detection/suppression systems. Paving for the runway is well underway. Workers are pouring the concrete base layer and top layer for the runway’s western sections. They are also installing utilities, signs, lights, and navigational equipment.

Over 90 percent of the soil fill is now in place. The number of trucks hauling fill will greatly decrease in the coming weeks. The trains hauling fill has stopped. Workers are removing the temporary rail spur. The retaining walls are more than 85 percent complete. There are small wall sections east and west of the tunnels to finish.

Substantial completion of the runway is on schedule for September this year. 

Terminal 3 Terrazo Floor
Terminal 3 Improvements

Progress continues on the Terminal 3 improvements. A new terrazzo floor is nearing completion in the Baggage Claim area. Work just started on a terrazzo floor by the shops/restaurants on the former Las Olas Boulevard between Concourses E and F.

This terrazzo floor is a Public Art and Design Project titled “Rainbow’s End.” The artists have represented South Florida’s environmental diversity. The floor will show imagery of the ocean, tide pools, marshes, beaches, Everglades, and sky. Workers will complete the Terminal 3 floor by January 2015.
New terrazzo floors are part of the overall improvements. By this summer, the shops and restaurants on Las Olas Blvd. will change from pre-security to post security. This will give passengers more shopping and dining choices once through security.  There will be more seating by Gates F5 and F6. Workers will replace the ceilings and lighting throughout the terminal.

This phase of improvements will be complete by the 1st Quarter of 2015. In the early planning stages are additional shops, restaurants, and restrooms.

restaurants in terminals
New Dining Options

Also part of the terminal improvements are new dining options for travelers in Terminals 1 and 2.

Terminal 1

• Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
• Landshark Bar and Grill
• Nick’s Tomato Pie
• Sergio’s
• Starbucks
• Urban Market
• Lime-a-Rita Bar

Terminal 2

• Great American Bagel Bakery
• Torn Basil
• Starbucks
• Urban Market

Shula Burger and Pronto are two more dining choices opening in June in Terminal 1. For menu information and hours, go to Dine and Shop.