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OK -- Whats The Magnet At FLL?  
User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3250 posts, RR: 9
Posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2653 times:

Does anyone know why every airline past, present and future is addiing or starting flights to or from FLL at this time?

Is it:

A. Free Landing Fees.
B. Free Fuel
C. Unlimited Gates
D. Free Aircraft Provided for your airline if you add or start service.
E. Passengers Provided Boxed and ready to go.
F. A & E
G. B & C
H. All of the above.
I. None of the Above.
J. Other

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User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2630 times:

Fort Lauderdale is a huge cruise-ship port.


"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently offlineUsairways16bwi From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1004 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2615 times:

SafetyDude is right. Port Everglades is practically across the street from FLL. u can see the cruise ships from the airport. almost everyone i know that goes on a cruise said they flew to FLL and left from there. there is alot of money to be made at FLL.

User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2573 times:

FLL is also a very nice alternative for those travellers who wish to avoid MIA.

Ding! You are now free to keep supporting Frontier.
User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3350 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2563 times:

*FLL is a bit of a tourist destination in and of itself.
*FLL does get a good number of cruise ships, though it seems most of them leave from MIA.
*Lots of people from NYC have homes/vacation down there.
*FLL can be used to get into MIA and PBI.


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 34128 posts, RR: 70
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2541 times:

Miami is just as big a cruise port, but that hasn't helped it out lately. The cruise port plays a part of it, but it is not the big picture. There are various reasons to thank for Fort Lauderdale's growth:

1) Low landing fees.
2) A huge O&D market.
3) Not as low-yielding as the rest of Florida; decent business traffic (even though the majority of business traffic still goes through MIA)
4) The airport was pretty uncongested until lately.
5) Airlines are finally realzing how untapped the domestic market from South Florida is. It has largely been ignore in the past.
6) They don't have to worry as much about AA, who protects MIA like crazy.
7) The messy, construction hell that is MIA. Since they are essentially building a brand-new airport on top of an old one, while the old one still operates, it is a logistical nightmare.

The new service at FLL is great, simply incredible. However, FLL has a very problematic future if expansion plans do not go ahead. And, so far, they have been unable to get a new runway plan approved. And, there is very little gate space as is. American, jetBlue, and US Airways are calmouring for more gates, but there are none to give.

The funny thing is that, as things are going, in four years, MIA will be the easier to use airport, while FLL will be a congested nightmare. Though FLL's cheaper fees will keep FLL the local LCC airport of choice and continue to spark its growth. MIA will be restricted to the regular network carriers, and AA and international carriers will be the driving factor behind future growth.

User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3250 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2532 times:

Thanks for the info.

User currently offlineAcvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2527 times:

FLL has a catchment area of over 5 million people within a 50 nm range a cruise port a stand alone resort destination a tremendous amount of caribbean traffic for business and pleasure amongst a strong ethnic population.

FLL airport is efficent, inexpensive and up till now relatively delay free.

The area does not have a single carrier lock (some argue incorrectly that AA FFs are loyal and they have a lock but, history dictates otherwise.

User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1690 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2387 times:

Just to point out one thing with the delay issue. In 2003 60% of FLL's delays were due to ground stops and ground holds. They have little to do with the airport itself and more with the local airways only being able to handle so much traffic.

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