Broward County’s Aviation Department recently hosted an official groundbreaking for the South Runway expansion project at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The $791 million project will lengthen the runway by 8,000 feet and elevate it over the FEC Railroad and Federal Highway. Construction is expected to be completed in 2014 and will result in additional capacity for future growth at the airport.
In addition to generating 11,000 jobs over the life and contributing $1 million per day into the local economy, the project will restore 34 acres of wetlands at West Lake Park.
Our COO Rob Maruster was in attendance and spoke on behalf of JetBlue. Other attendees included Ray LaHood (U.S. Secretary of Transportation); Richard Biter (State Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary); Michael Heurta (acting head of the FAA); U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, (whose district includes part of south Broward); U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston; John Rodstrom (Broward Mayor); Kent George (FLL Director of Aviation).