Incentive To Lure Airlines Results In Congestion
In August 2000, Florida's Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport decided to waive
landing, gate and security fees to airlines which would open new
non-stop service... a program that was, apparently, a little too
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports good news and bad news.
The good news is, FLL has lost $3.7 million dollars in fees, but
increased revenues almost $8 million because of the additional
volume, and new routes to Latin America and the Caribbean.
The bad news...the international terminal is now crowded that
County Commissioner John Rodstrom calls the program, "a disaster
that needs to be dealt with."
"We're so overloaded in Terminal 4 that we shouldn't be allowing
any more service to go in there," Rodstrom adds. "We're going to
have to start saying no."
Airport Director Kent George says he wants incentives only for
service to targeted destinations where more service is needed, such
as western Europe and lower South America.
"Since FLL's international facilities are functioning beyond
their intended capacity, this unrestricted approach cannot continue
in its current form," George wrote in a recent memo to county
International travel at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
exploded by 18 percent just since last year, according to traffic
counts for January thru September.
But now that frequent travelers have discovered Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood International, will higher ticket prices
really keep them away? Maybe not. Evadne Brooks, who lives in
Jamaica but visits relatives in Broward County told the paper her
relatives would rather not pick her up at Miami.
"It's very convenient to fly here, much closer than Miami for
them to reach me," said Brooks.