Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The city of Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, is in the midst of a real estate and hotel boom, and
accordingly, the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is dropping a
cool $450 million dollars on a modernization and expansion project for
Terminal 4. The airport, which offers more than 600 flights a day, has seen
international traffic triple in the last decade, while fares to FLL average 21
percent less than Miami International Airport, a half hour's drive away.
This past week, the airport unveiled Concourse G at Terminal 4—the first new
concourse in over a decade. It's in synch with the contemporary age of
airports, with free Wi-Fi and numerous charging stations for iPods and smart
phones.  Eventually, 14 gates will be in place at Concourse G. Most of
them will be "swing gates," i. e. , able to handle both domestic and
international flights. Concourse G is part of the first phase of the
expansion program for Terminal 4; the second phase will be finished in
mid-2018. On the horizon, the roughly 34,000-square-foot concession area (an
increase from the current 2,000-square-foot offerings) will have a Casavana
Cuban Cuisine—in step with South Florida's Latin flavor—and a
Hoffman's Chocolates, as well as more restaurants, vendors and shopping
options. In 2016, a bridge to Terminal 3 will be completed, allowing quick
connections to domestic flights for international travelers post-security:
passengers will only have to withstand airport security once. Tom Austin
is based in Miami and covers the Florida beat for Travel + Leisure. Follow
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