KarlB737
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OK -- Whats The Magnet At FLL?

Fri Aug 27, 2004 3:20 am

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
 
SafetyDude
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RE: OK -- Whats The Magnet At FLL?

Fri Aug 27, 2004 3:21 am

Fort Lauderdale is a huge cruise-ship port.

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USairways16BWI
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RE: OK -- Whats The Magnet At FLL?

Fri Aug 27, 2004 3:31 am

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.
 
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RE: OK -- Whats The Magnet At FLL?

Fri Aug 27, 2004 3:56 am

FLL is also a very nice alternative for those travellers who wish to avoid MIA.
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aa757first
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RE: OK -- Whats The Magnet At FLL?

Fri Aug 27, 2004 3:58 am

*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.

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RE: OK -- Whats The Magnet At FLL?

Fri Aug 27, 2004 4:05 am

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.
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KarlB737
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RE: OK -- Whats The Magnet At FLL?

Fri Aug 27, 2004 4:09 am

Thanks for the info.
 
acvitale
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RE: OK -- Whats The Magnet At FLL?

Fri Aug 27, 2004 4:11 am

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.
 
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RE: OK -- Whats The Magnet At FLL?

Fri Aug 27, 2004 4:04 pm



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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