The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (IATA: FLL, ICAO: KFLL, FAA LID: FLL) is an airport that performs commercial flights. The United States Federal Aviation Administration classifies FLL as an "important hub of commercial air traffic." The airport is near the cruise terminals of Port Everglades and is very popular among tourists bound for the Caribbean. Four Lauderdale is one of the three airports in the US serving the Miami metropolitan area. Since the late 1990s, FLL has converted to an intercontinental gateway, although Miami International Airport still handles most long-haul flights.
The FLL airport covers 558 hectares and has two runways, four terminals, and 63 gates in total. Service is offered to 67 international destinations (9 seasonal), run by 23 airlines. FLL is ranked as the 21 busiest airports (in terms of passenger traffic) in the United States, as well as the country's 14 most active international air gateway and one of the 50 busiest airports in the world.
History of the airport
The land that would one day become FLL airport started as a golf course in 1921. It was destroyed by the hurricane in 1926. Friends of the First World War aviator Merle Fogg, who moved to Fort Lauderdale in the 1920s to begin his flying service, bought the broken down course and built two crisscrossing shell-rock runways. The airport was initially established as the Merle Fogg Field on May 1, 1929. Fort Lauderdale took control of the airfield in 1929, improved the runways and erected buildings. At its peak, about 3,600 Navy personnel and 130 aircraft were based there. After the war, the air station was closed in 1946. In 1948, Broward County started leasing it from the Navy and renamed it Broward County International Airport. Passenger service began in 1953. Eventually, the airport was renamed. Passenger traffic reached 134,733 in 1959 and topped one million travelers a decade later in 1969.