Air-sea travellers will find Port Everglades a little more convenient later this year when a second runway at neighbouring Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) opens in September.
The new 2,400-metre runway will help improve flight times and reduce delays at FLL, one of the fastest growing airports in the US and a major hub for low-cost domestic carriers. In addition, FLL’s Terminal 4 will expand from 10 to 14 gates, with increased concession choices for passengers.
“Our airport and seaport are within two miles of each other, which is wonderful for cruise passengers who can take advantage of discount air fares and short rides to their cruise ships,” said Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief.
The number of cruise passengers is expected to reach four million this year. More than 23 million passengers passed through FLL in 2013, and of those passengers, an estimated 15% were going on a cruise out of Port Everglades.