New Runway At Ft. Lauderdale International Airport
By Shane Nolan
January 24, 2012 - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray
LaHood and Acting Federal Aviation Administrator Michael
Huerta helped break ground on Monday for a $791 million
runway expansion at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
International Airport which will create thousands of
“This is one of the largest and most important airport
construction projects in the country right now,” said
Secretary LaHood. “Modernizing our airport
infrastructure will keep our economy moving forward, and
put thousands of Americans back to work.”
When construction activity peaks next year, the project will contribute more than $1 million per day to the local economy, according to Broward County. It will generate thousands of direct and indirect jobs by the time the runway opens in fall 2014.
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is one of the
fastest-growing airports in the country,” said Acting
“The expanded runway will provide additional airport capacity
and will help reduce flight delays.”
project will extend, shift and lengthen Runway 9R/27L from 5,276
feet to 8,000 feet, giving the airport two parallel runways that
can accommodate air carrier flights.
Parallel runways can increase airport capacity
dramatically, and this expansion will increase the airport’s
capacity from 84 flights per hour to 107. Without the runway
expansion, delays could reach more than ten minutes per flight.
critical runway project has been a long time in the making.
The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is
the 22nd busiest in the nation, and about 22 million passengers
fly in and out of FLL every year.
FLL is also one of the fastest-growing airports in the
nation. With this
much traffic, it’s no wonder that the airport was often filled
construction at Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International will
provide 11,000 jobs, and at its peak, the project will
contribute more than $1 million each day to the local economy.
The FAA has issued
a Letter of Intent to provide $250 million in Airport Improvement
Program funding over 12 years for the project. More than 22 million
passengers fly through Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
annually, ranking it 22nd in total passenger traffic in the United
States. More than 600 flights fly in and out of the airport daily to
more than 60 U.S. cities and international destinations in Canada, the
Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico, Latin American, and Europe.
Ray LaHood said
“Last Thursday, President Obama was in Orlando to help promote U.S.
tourism and announce the administration’s goal to ensure that America
continues to be a top tourist destination.
“One way to make sure our nation can compete effectively for tourist and business dollars is to help air travelers get where they're going as safely and conveniently as possible. So this morning, acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and I went to South Florida to help break ground on the Fort Lauderdale- Hollywood International Airport Runway Expansion.”
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