Pas­sen­ger traf­fic at Fort Laud­erdaleHol­ly­wood

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Fol­low­ing a strong 2016 for pas­sen­ger traf­fic, the Fort Laud­erdaleIn­ter­na­tional Air­port is fore­cast­ing 32 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in 2017, a 35 per­cent in­crease from the 23.5 mil­lion wel­comed about five years ago, Gale said.

Last year the air­portwel­comed 29.2 mil­lion pas­sen­gers.

“We’ve long talked about how busy FLL is get­ting. It is rock­et­ing for­ward,” Gale said. “We just had our 36th con­sec­u­tive month of growth on the in­ter­na­tional side, and year over year dou­ble-digit growth in other sec­tors.”

Pre­lim­i­nary data forApril show it was a stand­out month with a “stag­ger­ing” 20 per­cent in­crease in pas­sen­gers from a year ago, he said.

The air­port is in the midst of a $2.3 bil­lion ex­pan­sion and mod­ern­iza­tion project, which is ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2020. By then, the air­port could see 40 mil­lion pas­sen­gers, Gale said.

He ac­knowl­edged that the air­port faces pos­si­ble growth ob­sta­cles, such as fed­eral travel bans on

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