Fort Lauderdale Airport To Get New Runway

 - March 5, 2012, 12:10 AM

Construction began at the end of January on a runway expansion project at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport with a price tag of nearly $800 million. The work will shift and lengthen Runway 9R/27L from its current 5,276 feet to 8,000 feet, giving the rapidly growing airport two parallel runways that can accommodate airline flights. The expansion is expected to increase the airport’s capacity from 84 flights per hour to more than 100. The FAA has issued a letter of intent stating that over the next 12 years it will provide $250 million in Airport Improvement Project funding to the airport. Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International serves more than 22 million passengers annually.