by Julie Ritzer Ross | December 19, 2018
A major improvement and expansion project is underway at South Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Work on Terminal 2 - part of an ongoing $2.3 billion facilitywide expansion and modernization project - is adding several new dining and shopping venues, while some established outlets are undergoing a facelift. Other new features at Terminal 2 will include a new security checkpoint, a dome-shaped roof, a central passenger waiting area and a permanent Delta Sky Club on the mezzanine. An interim Delta Sky Club has already opened on the concourse level.
Also under construction are enclosed connectors linking Terminals 1, 2 and 3. These passageways will enable travelers to move freely among the three terminals without needing to exit and re-enter through security checkpoints. Most of the Terminal 2 project, including the terminal connectors, is expected to be completed by October 2021.
At Terminal 4's Concourse G, a variety of shopping and dining venues have debuted and are now accommodating travelers. Two more international gates are slated to open here in 2019, for a total of 12 international and two domestic gates. Advanced baggage-handling equipment, a new "meet-and-greet" area and additional passenger queuing space will also debut in the terminal in 2019.
The final phase of the airport's U.S. Customs Federal Inspection Services Facility project will finish up next year. This new checkpoint will operate for all 12 international gates in Terminal 4 and process more than 1,800 passengers per hour.