A planned expansion at Florida's
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport may not happen
quite so soon. An upcoming FAA forecast suggests airport operations
aren't growing as quickly as predicted.
An environmental impact study on the expansion was planned to be
released at the end of this year. Now it won't be finished until
the spring, so the FAA can factor in updated passenger figures to
be released in January.
An FAA spokesperson says those figures will show a positive
growth rate at the airport... but operations may not be increasing
fast enough to support a planned expansion by 2012.
"It shows a continued rate of growth but a significantly lower
rate of growth," said FAA spokesperson Kathleen Bergen to the South
The impact study is one of three documents in the Broward County
Commission's plan to enlarge the airport. The FAA study evaluates
nine proposals from the county on how to best manage forecasted
growth -- from doing nothing, to expanding or even adding
The airport has already added a terminal and expanded parking to
handle an influx of passengers.