Across the U.S. and globally, the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is impacting businesses in unprecedented ways, and aviation remains one of the hardest hit with travel demand at record lows. Read CEO/Aviation Director Mark Gale's latest message about how Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is working to help reduce the spread of the virus, as well as how the pandemic is creating unique challenges for airport operations.
Updated: April 1, 2020
Airport Operations Updates
The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) remains open for business and flights are operating, however, airlines have adjusted schedules. For flight updates or cancellations, travelers should contact their carrier directly.
Please be advised of the following impacts and closures due to COVID-19:
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order 20-80 and Executive Order 20-86: Effective immediately, all passengers arriving from the northeastern United States (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) and the State of Louisiana are required to self-quarantine for 14 days to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 per Florida Governor's Executive Order. Florida Department of Health representatives will screen arriving passengers with a questionnaire and collect contact information in the event a follow-up is required. The Florida National Guard and Broward Sheriff's Office will assist with the operation.
Effective April 1, 2020, Spirit Airlines is temporarily suspending flights to/from FLL to New York LaGuardia (LGA), Newark (EWR), Hartford (BDL), Niagara Falls (IAG), and Plattsburgh (PBG) airports until at least May 4. Spirit said the decision is in response to the CDC travel advisory warning against all non-essential travel to and from New York, Connecticut and New Jersey due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Please contact the airline's COVID-19 Information Center for more information if your travel plans are impacted.
Currently, many restaurants, retail stores, and bars at FLL have temporarily closed until further notice due to the significant decline in passenger traffic. For those that remain open, operating hours may have been adjusted to reflect the decrease in travelers. See the Dine + Shop directory for more details.
Curbside Valet: As of March 18, valet parking services were temporarily suspended at the there drop-off locations at FLL until further notice. Arriving passengers with vehicles currently in valet parking can still retrieve them curbside upon their return.
Employee Parking: The airport's employee shuttle bus service was temporarily halted on March 19, and employee parking relocated on-site in the Cypress Garage until further notice. Employees can now park in Levels 7, 8 and 9.
- Transportation Security Administration (TSA): For passenger screening checkpoint opening hours, click here.
- U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP): Effective March 19, CBP has temporarily suspended operations at Trusted Traveler Program enrollment centers until at least May 1, 2020, to minimize the exposure of CBP personnel and the public to COVID-19. Enrollment on Arrival will remain operational.
Updated: April 01, 2020
Broward County Aviation Department's Response to COVID-19
The Broward County Aviation Department (BCAD) continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Broward County Public Health Officials to monitor the developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). BCAD is conducting daily update calls with Broward County Emergency Management Division and in contact with airport stakeholders, as well as local and federal partners. Additionally, in unison with Broward County, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is in monitoring and initial readiness mode. The Aviation Department has a response plan in place for FLL, which will be activated in the event an infected individual is identified at the airport.
BCAD is playing its part to plan for and mitigate potential impacts of COVID-19 at FLL and North Perry Airport (HWO) as our primary goal is the safety and well being of our guests and employees.
FLL passengers are encouraged to check with their airline for the latest travel and flight advisories.
Preventive Measures Underway at FLL:
- Placing hand sanitizers throughout the four terminals and Rental Car Center
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as handrails, elevator buttons, and door handles
- Regular cleansing of security checkpoints and restrooms
- Overnight deep cleaning of the security checkpoints, hold rooms, passenger boarding bridges, and other areas in the terminals
- Supplying airport-operated passenger and employee shuttles with sanitizing wipes
- Posting CDC preventive steps in airport restrooms on ways to help stop the spread of germs, including frequent washing of hands
- Airport public service announcement with coronavirus preventive tips and similar messaging on terminal flight information display screens
Ways to Protect Yourself:
- Wash your hands with soap and water often for 20 seconds
- If soap is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Steps to Protect Others:
- Stay home if you are feeling sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wear a facemask if you are sick
- Clean and disinfect hard surfaces and objects regularly household cleaning
- If you have concerns about being exposed to COVID-19, please call 954-412-7300 before traveling to any Broward County-based health care facility.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is the airport open?
Yes, FLL is open for business and flights are operating.
What is the airport doing to screen arriving passengers?
There isn’t any passenger screening implemented for domestic flights, except for travelers arriving in Florida from the northeastern United States (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) and the State of Louisiana as required by Governor Ron DeSantis' Executive Order 20-80 and Executive Order 20-86. Arriving international passengers at FLL are visually inspected by U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), and this does not include a temperature check. CBP is conducting enhanced screening on arriving international passengers at 13 selected airports. FLL is not one of them. BCAD, which operates FLL, is doing everything possible to maintain a safe, clean, and healthy environment for our passengers and employees to prevent the spread of the virus. Follow the preventive healthcare guidelines from the CDC to protect yourself and others from exposure to this illness. What are the current procedures for U.S. citizens/residents returning from restricted areas in Europe or China?
Effective Friday, March 13, 2020, Americans returning from all restricted countries are required to travel through one of 13 U.S. airports with enhanced screening procedures in place, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The designated airports are:
Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia
What time do you recommend arriving at the airport for my flight? Is it busier than usual because of COVID-19?
Please contact your airline directly for check-in times, cancellations, or flight updates. Usually, we recommend that passengers arrive two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight; however, due to COVID-19 impacts, normal guidelines may change. The airlines are experiencing high call volumes, so only contact them within 48-72 hours before your scheduled time.
For more information about the Coronavirus, please visit:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Florida Department of Health - 24-Hour Hotline: 866-779-6121
Florida Department of Health in Broward County
U.S. Department of State
Broward County Coronavirus Information
Port Everglades Information
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau Information
Updated: March 24, 2020