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FLL eNews
May 2013
Volume 26
Fly to San Jose, Medellin, Copenhagen, and Stockholm
Fly to San Jose, Medellin, Copenhagen, and Stockholm

New nonstop flights on the way:

JetBlue Airways begins service on June 13 to Medellin, Colombia; San Jose, Costa Rica, on June 27; and Lima, Peru, on November 21.

Norwegian Air Shuttle offers new service to Copenhagen twice a week starting on November 29. Norwegian begins twice weekly flights to Stockholm on December 1. With 17.7 million passengers in 2012, Norwegian is the 3rd largest low-cost airline in Europe. Norwegian currently operates 73 aircraft on 330 routes to 120 destinations.

Food Court Opens in Terminal 3
Food Court Opens in Terminal 3

A new food court with three restaurants will open in May in Terminal 3 (Concourse F) just past the Security Checkpoint. The hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Jamba Juice - makes classic smoothies and light smoothies with real whole fruit, juice, sherbet, sorbet, and frozen yogurt.

Pei Wei - offers a menu of freshly prepared, wok-seared, contemporary pan-Asian cuisine in a relaxed environment. 

Steak 'n Shake Signature – Opening May 14 - delivers the finest in quality burgers, fries, and shakes.

Major Improvements For Terminal 3
Major Improvements For Terminal 3

There is a new look and feel in Terminal 3. It is being modernized and reconfigured to provide passengers with a more efficient and pleasant experience. A major component of the renovation is the replacement of carpeting with modern terrazzo flooring containing brass/aluminum floor art. Flooring work first started in Concourse F, followed by Concourse E.

Eventually, the ticketing and baggage levels will have new terrazzo flooring. Not only is the terrazzo flooring functional but it is a beautiful work of art. The artist team of David Griggs and Scott Parsons designed the terrazzo floors as part of the Public Art and Design Program. Crews are also modifying and relocating gate podiums to allow for more seating in the concourse.

The improvements are part of a Terminal Modernization Program involving Terminal 1, 2, and 3. It will provide passengers with more restaurants and shops, expanded and modern restrooms, and increased comfort with more seating.

“The Locals” Exhibit
“The Locals” Exhibit

Local artist Tom De Vita's artwork is currently on display at the Lee Wagener Art Gallery in Terminal 2 in the Departure Level. The series of paintings entitled “The Locals,” will run through July 1, 2013.

Inspired by the eclectic characters that he has met since moving to South Florida, De Vita feels the exhibition is an exploration into the personalities and the symbols that define these people. "The Locals reveal a truth that lies beyond the visible surface of the person’s image and resembles them in a more poetic way," says De Vita. He exhibits locally and nationally, and is currently a professor of art at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Barry University, and Broward College.
Contact Christina Roldan, Broward County Public Art & Design Project Manager at 954-357-8542.

South Runway Construction
South Runway Construction

Construction remains on schedule for the expanded South Runway.

Work continues on the 12 bridge structures over US 1 and the Florida East Coast Railway. Crews are driving piles and pouring concrete to form the walls and columns. In June, they will place the beams across the walls to form the top of the structures.

Crews are completing the soil improvements on the western sections of the runway. The Diagonal Runway closed permanently on May 6. The tarmac will be removed from the decommissioned Diagonal Runway and recycled. Then soil improvements will begin in this area in June. Here are some quick factoids on the project as of the end of April, 2013.

  • Approximately 2200 piles, or about 83%, have been completed.
  • Bridge walls are 62% complete.
  • Bridge columns are 56% complete.
  • Just over 2.9 million cubic yards out of 6.5 million cubic yards, or about 45% of the embankment fill work is completed.
  • Approximately 147,600 square feet out of 323,500 square feet, or about 46%, of the Runway Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) wall has been completed.

Terminal 4 Upgrades
Terminal 4 Upgrades

The Airport’s international terminal is undergoing a major redesign and expansion. The $450 million project will be constructed in two phases, a western and eastern phase. Work began several months ago to relocate the Security Checkpoint. In the early morning hours on April 17, an interim Security Checkpoint opened.

Passengers just moved over a few feet to pass through a new six-lane, 7,100 square foot security area. Crews will demolish the old checkpoint area as it will become part of the new terminal construction. The foundation work for the western phase will begin this summer.

When completed in 2017, the new Terminal 4 will offer passengers:

  • More food and shopping options through expanded concession space.
  • Potentially more destination options and increased flight frequency by increasing gates from 10 to 14.
  • Dual taxi lanes will reduce aircraft taxi times from the concourse to the runway.
  • A connector to Terminal 3 will provide post-security movement. This will allow passengers with connecting flights to walk to Terminal

3 or 4 without going through a security checkpoint again. The connector will save time and improve the passenger experience for international travelers.