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History of FLL

Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is located in the heart of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Gold Coast.  This strategic location provides a catchment area of more than six million people.  A considerable portion of the population is affluent and leads the state in travel expenditures.

In 2018, FLL ranked as the 18th busiest airport in the U.S., with 35.9 million total passengers. FLL is recognized by Airports Council International, a recognized authority in the aviation industry, as the fastest-growing large hub airport in the U.S. for the last two years. 

With more than 350 departures a day, FLL offers non-stop service to more than 85 U.S. cities and global connectivity to 62 international destinations in 33 countries. 


To meet the growing demand for the future, FLL is reimagining itself.   The airport just completed a four-month rehabilitation of its north runway (10L-28R). Portions of the runway date back to 1943 when FLL was a Naval Training Base during World War II.  In 2014, FLL completed the construction of a new South Runway (10R-28L). The airport’s terminals and concourses are being completely remodeled, updated, and expanded.  New and exciting amenities have been added to enhance the customer experience. Now located throughout the terminals are “Baby Oasis” lactation suites, 100 new restaurants and gift shops, innovative technology like free WIFI and the FLL app, and pet relief areas.


New international passenger processing facilities have been added to meet the rapidly growing increase in international passengers. FLL has experienced double-digit growth in international traffic for the last five consecutive years and now ranks 10th in the U.S. for international traffic.


FLL is also nearing completion of the design of the new Master Plan. The plan has identified future passenger demand and has outlined what facilities, changes, and improvements are required to meet that demand for the next 30 years. Once finalized and approved by the Board of County Commissioners, Broward County’s economic powerhouse will continue to improve the overall guest experience.

Strategically located in the heart of the South Florida region, FLL is one of the economic engines that drive Broward County and provides more than 250,000 jobs and generates $37.5 billion annually for the local economy.