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Fort Lauderdale International Airport - All About Fort Lauderdale International Airport, Florida - History of FLL International, Fort Lauderdale International Airlines

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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is located in Broward County, Florida. It started its history as Merle Fogg Airport, opened on an old nine-hole putting green. World War II caused Merle Fogg to become the Fort Lauderdale Naval Air Station. But after the war, the airport was taken over by the county and turned into Broward County International. Passenger traffic grew until the location is the bustling international airport is is today. FLL (Fort Lauderdale International’s airport code) was damaged in 2005 by Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, but was only closed for a few days before flying again. The airport currently stands as one of the 50 busiest airports in the entire world, with its proximity to the cruise terminals of Port Everglades making it an especially suitable choice for tourists going to the Caribbean.

Fort Lauderdale International Airlines

FLL has been a hub or a major destination for a number of different airlines over the years. In the early days of its commercial history, major airlines flying out of it included National, Northeast, and Eastern Airlines. In the 21st century, the top carriers at FLL have been Southwest, JetBlue, Delta Air Lines, US Airways, and Spirit. Other airlines which use Fort Lauderdale International are Allegiant Air, Caribbean Airlines, AirTran Airways, American, Air Canada, Bahamasair, Continental, Condor, Virgin America and Yellow Air Taxi. The airport serves as a hub for Spirit, which holds the largest part of market share as of 2010. FLL is also a hub for Lynx Air International and Gulfstream International.

Features of Fort Lauderdale International

Fort Lauderdale International has three runways, two which run parallel and one which intersects. A courtesy tram connects the parking lots and the parking garage with all the airport terminals. The airport trams run every eight minutes. FLL offers currency exchange, money grams, ATMs and other passenger services. There are several ways to arrange transportation, including taxis, car rentals, the GO Airport Shuttle, which also provides vans equipped with wheelchair lifts. Public transportation also reaches the airport, which is served both by Tri Rail buses and Broward County Transit buses, which can also accommodate wheelchairs. FLL has numerous business services. Passengers can buy phone cards, drop off Fed Ex packages, wire money, make copies and send faxes right from the airport. Free wireless Internet access is also available throughout the airport. Travelers can also store baggage in one of several facilities located in terminals 1, 2, 3 or 4. Storage facilities have different hours and days of operation, but Terminal 2 baggage storage is open every day of the week, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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