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FLL eNews
July 2013
Volume 27
JetBlue Takes Aim at Latin America

JetBlue Airways is expanding service in 2013 from FLL to new destinations in South and Central America and the Caribbean.

  • In June, new flights began to Medellin, Colombia and San José, Costa Rica.
  • New service to Lima, Perú will begin in November.
  • December flights start to Port Au Prince, Haiti.

JetBlue will also expand service in the US with new flights in November to Worchester, Massachusetts. For more information or reservations, go to

$26 Million in Grants Received for Runway
$26 Million in Grants Received for Runway

At the end of June, FLL received a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the South Runway Project. They will contribute a total of $250 million for the project in installments over 12 years.

Also in June, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) awarded FLL a $6 million grant. FDOT will contribute a total of $129 million for the runway over the next several years. The total cost of the South Runway Project is estimated at $791 million. The remaining funds for the runway project will come from passenger facility charges.

Self-Supporting: The Airport is monetarily self-supporting. The Aviation Department does not use any Broward County tax revenue to fund the operations, maintenance, or capital improvements. The Aviation Department generates funds through user fees, rentals, and other charges. Fees and grants (state and federal) fund the capital improvement projects. Any surpluses are reinvested into the airport facilities.

Traffic Enforcement Update - Truck Tires
Traffic Enforcement Update

With the increased truck hauling activities associated with the South Runway Project, the Airport’s Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) unit has been actively enforcing the traffic laws around the Airport. BSO has a Deputy specializing in Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) enforcement. He is monitoring the area on a regular basis. Compliance is currently high with the Deputy not issuing any tickets in June for any CMV problems. Over the last year, BSO Deputies have issued over 330 traffic citations in and around the construction area.   

In addition to the Airport’s CMV Deputy, other Airport BSO Deputies, BSO’s Regional Traffic Unit, and Dania Beach’s BSO Deputies are actively enforcing the traffic laws close to the Airport.

Broward artist Harumi Abe's artwork
New Art Exhibition

Broward artist Harumi Abe's artwork will be on display at the Lee Wagener Art Gallery located in Terminal 2, Departures level. The exhibition, titled “134 Days and 21 Hours”, runs through September 30.

“134 Days and 21 Hours” embodies some of Abe's personal journey in search of 'home.' The artist says, "Mother Nature swirling around our house can be gentle and comforting, but sometimes is bent on destruction. My painting process reflects this phenomenon. I use semi-imaginary landscape as a vehicle to represent the sublime and its horror of the journey.”

For more information, contact Christina Roldan, Public Art & Design project manager at 954-357-8542 or

Milestone Reached in South Runway Construction
Milestone Reached in South Runway Construction

Workers placed the first concrete beams across the walls of the US 1 southbound tunnel. More than 850 beams will form the tunnel roofs and runway/taxiway decks in the 12 tunnels. By the end of 2013, vehicles in the southbound and northbound US 1 lanes will shift from the temporary detour and go through the tunnels.

You can view the runway progress month-by-month on the airport’s website. Galleries 1 and 1A feature aerial views of the runway’s eastern end highlighting the retaining wall and mound of fill. Galleries 2 and 2A show aerial photographs of the tunnel construction.  Construction updates, traffic advisories, and the webcam are also avaliable on our website.