Passenger traffic at Fort LauderdaleHollywood
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