Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will have a new concourse with five additional gates for Southwest Airlines open by June 30, airport director Mark Gale told CBSMiami on June 1.
The new Concourse A, the centerpiece of a $333-million revitalization and expansion plan of FLL’s Terminal 1, will serve as a major new Southwest international hub. At an event previewing the expanded facility, Southwest Chairman & CEO Gary Kelly announced that the airline would launch service from the airport to Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, beginning on Nov. 5, 2017.
“These new gates, additional border screening capacity, and the arts and flavor of South Florida will be a hit with hundreds of thousands of Southwest’s local customers who prefer our all-in friendliness and value,” said Kelly. The airline also launched service between FLL and Grand Cayman, Belize, Montego Bay, and Cancun on June 4.
In addition to the new concourse, the existing Terminal 1 is being modernized, including the addition of a new post-security connection between the terminal’s three concourses; currently, travellers have to exit the secure areas of the terminal’s concourses if they need to move between one and the other, requiring a second pass through security checkpoints. When completed, the renovation will give the terminal a single security checkpoint serving all three concourses.
More concession spaces also is being added to the terminal both pre- and post-security. Additional restrooms (including a separate relief station for travelling pets) and improved and expanded gate seating areas are other aspects of the project, which is expected to be fully completed by the end of 2017.