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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)


Centrally located between Miami and Palm Beach Counties, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is a fast-growing passenger and cargo hub offering a low-cost structure to airlines, tenants and passengers. FLL also plays a major economic role in the region, contributing more than $13.2 billion to the economy and providing more than 139,000 direct and indirect jobs. 

In 2015, FLL served a record 26.94 million passengers. Domestic traffic was up 7.3 percent and international traffic increased by 18 percent. A recent Airports Council International report (May 2016) ranked FLL second in the nation in total passenger growth over the prior 12 months. FLL is also a major air cargo hub, with about 90,000 tons passing through the airport annually.

With more than 600 flights a day, FLL offers nonstop service to more than 100 U.S. and international destinations in Canada, Europe, The Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America. In mid-2016, FLL received authority to operate 41 weekly trips to Havana, in addition to other destinations in Cuba. Overall, the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved more Cuba flights from FLL than any other U.S. airport. Service to Cuba began on August 31.

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE)


Centrally located just minutes from downtown, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) offers easy access to I-95 and Florida’s Turnpike. Five full-service, fixed base operators provide fueling, maintenance, management and professional services to Fortune 500 companies and small businesses alike. With a 24-hour FAA air traffic control tower, instrument landing system and U.S. Customs & Border Protection Service, FXE handles more than 165,000 takeoffs and landings per year, making it one of the busiest U.S. general aviation airports. It is home to more than 800 aircraft, including 255 jets and 24 helicopters. In addition to its aviation operations, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport features a 200-acre Industrial Airpark with more than 1.5 million square feet of prime office, warehouse and manufacturing space.

Downtown Helistop


To meet the corporate community's transportation needs, the City of Fort Lauderdale operates the John Fuhrer Downtown Helistop, which is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A fully furnished lobby located just below the elevated Helistop platform provides travelers with a comfortable area to converse and conduct short business meetings. The Downtown Helistop is just three miles north of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and six miles south of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Miami International Airport is 25 miles to the south. This makes the Helistop a strategic link for business travelers and visitors needing fast, efficient transportation to other Florida cities, including West Palm Beach, Orlando and Tampa.

North Perry Airport


Twice honored as “General Aviation Airport of the Year” by the Florida Department of Transportation, North Perry is devoted exclusively to private and business light-plane activity with an estimated $133 million economic impact on the community. Concessionaires offer fuel, service, air charter, flight instruction, aircraft sales, maintenance, storage and other services for the flying public. More than 300 aircraft are based at the airport, which had approximately 175,000 operations last year. The airfield system consists of four runways with two lighted for 24-hour operations.

Pompano Beach Air Park


Pompano Beach Air Park serves the general aviation needs of northern Broward. The 946-acre airport, which is owned and operated by the City of Pompano Beach, provides a multitude of general aviation services including flight training, aircraft rental, air taxi/charter, scenic rides, air ambulance, aerial photography, mapping and surveying, search and rescue, maintenance, avionics repairs and ramp services. The airport is home to about 235 aircraft, ten helicopters and a blimp housed at a Goodyear facility.

Port Everglades


Located In the heart of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades is one of the world's busiest cruise ports with 3.77 million passengers in fiscal year 2015. The port recently completed a $24 million project to renovate, expand and update Cruise Terminal 4, the sixth terminal to be updated in the past five years.

Port Everglades is also Florida’s top container port and the region’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products, including gasoline and jet fuel. In fiscal year 2014, the port surpassed 1 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the industry’s standard measurement for containers). A new $73 million, state-of-the-art Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) has streamlined cargo-handling operations by transferring intermodal containers between ship and rail, as well as transferring South Florida domestic cargo. A foreign-trade zone and available office space make Port Everglades a highly desirable business center for world trade. Overall, Port Everglades supports more than 13,000 direct jobs and more than 224,000 jobs statewide, and generates more than $28 billion worth of economic activity, according to a recent study.

Continued growth is expected as the port adds new cargo berths, cranes, and other improvements. In partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Port Everglades is advancing an initiative to deepen and widen its navigational channels and turning basin to accommodate fully loaded post-Panamax ships transiting the Panama Canal after its expansion project is completed in 2016.