The Broward County Aviation Department (BCAD) received approval for the Master Plan Update from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Florida Department of Transportation in early 2021. Currently, BCAD is in the final stages of validating and refining the Master Plan Update factoring in the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the aviation industry. This will ensure FLL can meet the future aviation needs of the County. Keeping an up-to-date master plan is a federal requirement. More importantly, it provides a cohesive and cost-effective plan for building new facilities, roads, garages, and utilities at the Airport.
As part of the validation process, the air carrier activity demand was reviewed to determine the rate of recovery that Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is likely to experience in terms of passenger enplanements and aircraft operations. Validating and establishing 20-year demand levels enables BCAD to make informed decisions for capital projects implementation that are necessary to support short-, mid-, and long-term demands. The Capital Improvement Plan, financial analyses, and associated implementation schedule refinements for all Phase 1 development projects were completed in December 2021. Expansion associated with Phase 1 is required to support the growth of FLL to 47 million annual passengers. The revalidation effort, including additional stakeholder coordination, is completed. The next steps involve a discussion with the Broward County Board of County Commissioners in the near future.
(Updated: February 2022)
When completed, the master plan update will:
Identify FLL’s capital improvements to meet the operational needs through 2035.
Satisfy the needs of the market and the community.
Balance environmental, social, and economic impacts.
Create documents required by the Federal Aviation Administration. This will allow federal funding through the Airport Improvement Program and collecting the Passenger Facility Charges.
Previous Master Plan
BCAD completed the last FLL Master Plan in 2010. It focused on the long-term landside and terminal needs. Based on the plan a Capital Improvement Program began that included:
Modernizing the four terminals.
Expanding the South Runway.
Improving other facilities, roads, and utilities.
BCAD is expected to complete this program by summer 2022.