KarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3218 posts, RR: 10 Posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2459 times:
Does anyone know why every airline past, present and future is addiing or starting flights to or from FLL at this time?
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.
Usairways16bwi From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1004 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2421 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.
Aa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3350 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2369 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.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33775 posts, RR: 70
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2347 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.
Acvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2333 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.
Sinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1677 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2193 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.