FLL eNews - Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport - Broward County, Florida

October 2009

Volume 1

In This Issue

Message from the Aviation Director

Virgin America Coming to FLL

FLL Ramp Rehabilitation Project

Construction Crews Repair FLL Roadway

FLL to Provide Additional Access to Palm Garage

Global Entry Program Now at FLL

It Couldn’t Be Any “Cheap”er In Our Airport Economy Lot

Escalator Replacement Project

TSA Implements Enhanced Threat Detection Capability

H1N1 Swine Flu – Information Line

 

 

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Airport DirectorWelcome to our first e-newsletter. I hope you find the information we share with you informative, timely, and helpful.

Our goal is to keep you “in the know” when it comes to developments at the airport that may impact you. Whether you’re a traveler, airport employee, or just curious about Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and our general aviation airport, North Perry, our e-news should be of interest to you.

So sit back and enjoy!

 

 

Virgin America Coming to FLLVirgin America and the Broward County Aviation Department recently announced new service at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) with daily non-stop flights from the West Coast beginning November 18, 2009. Virgin America will serve FLL with two daily non-stop roundtrips from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and two daily non-stop roundtrips from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  www.virginamerica.com

FLL Ramp Rehabilitation Project

FLL to Unveil New Sign For Ramp Rehabilitation ProjectThe Ramp Rehabilitation Project to rebuild the aircraft parking positions around Concourses D,E, and F began July 13, 2009. This was the first Broward County project funded through the President’s stimulus program authorized through the American Recovery Reinvestment act of 2009. The work should continue through December 2010.

 

Traffic entering the departure level roadway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will experience traffic delays.  This work will cause lane reductions throughout Terminals 2, 3, and 4 and will cause delays during peak travel times. Travelers are encouraged to allow extra time when using the departure level for passenger drop off.  This work is expected to continue through October 2009.

FLL to Provide Additional Access to Palm Garage

Entry Lane No. 6 which gives motorists another access point to the Palm Garage is set to open in early October.  This lane was originally closed because of a revenue control system upgrade project dating back to 2005. The re-opening of entry lane 6 is intended to re-create an entrance to Hourly Parking across from Terminal 4. It will help alleviate vehicle traffic attributed to the redistribution of terminal passengers and the relocation of JetBlue Airlines to Terminal 3. 

 

By re-creating this entry lane, the Palm Garage will provide convenient access to Hourly Parking from the arrival level of Terminal Road for friends, family, meeters and greeters of travelers whose airlines operate from Terminals 2, 3 and 4.  By offering easy access to the parking garage from the terminals the roadway should be less congested, encouraging motorists to park rather than idling their vehicles at the terminal curb while their drivers wait for arriving travelers. Fewer idling vehicles means fewer emissions and improved traffic flow near the Airport Terminals.

There is no charge if you exit within 15 minutes in our parking garages. Want more information? Call or e-mail Michael Gregg at 954-359-1216 or mgregg@broward.org.

Global Entry Program Now at FLL

Global Entry Program Now at FLLU.S. Customs and Border Protection Miami Office of Field Operations recently announced their Global Entry Program at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.  Global Entry is a program that gives frequent travelers the ability to expedite their arrival into the U.S. by using a kiosk to assist in their clearance.

 

Participation in the Global Entry pilot program is voluntary and requires a $100 non-refundable application fee which is valid up to five years. 

 

For more information on this or other CBP trusted traveler programs, or for an application to enroll in the Global Entry pilot program, please visit:  www.globalentry.gov.

It Couldn’t Be Any “Cheap”er In Our Airport Economy Lot

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On your next visit to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport go straight for the bargain at our Airport Economy Parking where our cheap parking is only $7.50 a day.

For more information about parking at the airport, please contact USA Parking at (954) 359-0200 or check out our parking rates at:

 http://www.broward.org/airport/parking_parking.htm#ratechart

As part of the ongoing upgrades and improvements to the airport’s facilities, the escalators located at the west end of Terminal 2 DSCN7338have been taken out of service for replacement. The escalators are more than 20 years old.  The new escalators are more energy efficient, smoother operating, and even quieter. Passengers and airport employees are asked to either use the escalator or stairs located at the eastern end of Terminal 2 or any of the elevators conveniently located throughout the Terminal. The work is expected to continue through April 2010.

 

The escalators in Terminal 4 were replaced earlier this year. Terminal 3’s escalators will be replaced in 2010.

 

TSA Implements Enhanced Threat Detection Capability

 

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it is further bolstering existing explosives detection capabilities by deploying additional tools to screen powdered substances at checkpoints.

 

Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) are experienced in identifying items that may pose a threat to transportation security utilizing explosives detection tools. TSA knows certain powders could be used in improvised explosive devices. While there is no specific threat at this time, TSA is deploying powder explosives detection kits to airports around the country to enhance our existing explosives detection capabilities and further strengthen our layers of security.

 

Passengers should know that while common powders are not prohibited, a small percentage may require additional screening. Typical security checkpoint procedures will remain the same. The vast majority of commonly carried powders, like most medication, infant formula and makeup, are unlikely to need further screening.

For more information about TSA, visit http://www.tsa.gov/.

H1N1 Swine Flu – Information Line

2009 Flu InfoFlorida Flu Information Line 1-877-352-3581. The Florida Department of Health has launched a toll-free number to provide public health information and updates on H1N1 Swine flu. The information line is available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT, seven days a week. Information is available in English, Spanish, and Creole. 

For additional information about the H1N1 Flu please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/

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