Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Internat’l Airport begins ops in new Terminal 4

The new G concourse at FLL

The new G concourse at FLL

Officials at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport opened the first new concourse at the airport in more than a decade last week. Two gates in the new Concourse G in Terminal 4 began handling passengers on July 14, the first (western) part of a $450 million expansion and modernization project that began in 2013.

The new terminal, being built in two phases, is scheduled for completion in 2018. Construction on the eastern phase of the project will begin later this year.

Flights will continue to operate at Concourse H throughout construction, until that concourse is removed in mid-2017.

The new Concourse G will provide passengers with expanded food and shopping options – including an improved duty free offer — in about 34,000 square feet of concession space — 2,000 sqf more than is currently in use.

Broward County Aviation Department Public Information Officer Greg Meyer tells TMI that the new eateries on tap for the concourse are operated by Lauderdale F&B Partners (Delaware North, Superior Hospitality). New retail shops include Hoffman’s Chocolate, CNBC Smartshop, Coastal Expression and Shades of Time, operated through Paradies-Broward LLC.

The Duty Free concession is operated by Broward Duty Free – (DFASS, C.W. Hope Consulting) in a contract that runs through December 31, 2024.

“T4G Duty Free will ultimately be a 3,000 sqf space allowing the addition of expanded ranges and new categories of product,” said Meyer. Phase I of the new shop will be 1,175 square feet and Phase II will be the remaining 1,825 square feet.

When completed, Concourse G will have 14 gates. Twelve of those gates will be “swing” gates that will handle both domestic and international flights.

The project also includes a redesigned U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Inspection area more than double in size compared to the present facility in Terminal 4. The LEEDS-certified concourse also features electronic charging stations and free Wi­ Fi.

In 2014, FLL was the 21st busiest airport in the U.S. with 24.6 million passengers and ranked 15th in international passengers in the U.S.
International traffic has tripled in the last 10 years.