A groundbreaking ceremony has been held for the first new-build terminal in decades for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

The event marked the start of construction on the site of the airport's new Terminal 5 (T5) project.
"The new terminal will help provide the needed critical infrastructure required to propel FLL forward by creating opportunities for new and existing airline partners to grow and help set the stage for future Master Plan expansion activities," FLL CEO and director of aviation, Mark Gale, said.

T5 will be a two-level, five-gate domestic terminal with check-in and ticketing areas, arrival and departure baggage processing, a security screening checkpoint, and retail and food concessions.

The estimated $404 million facility will connect to the existing onsite Cypress parking garage and Terminal 4 through multi-level pedestrian bridges or walkways.
Preliminary work on the approximately 230,000-square-foot terminal on the east side of Terminal 4 has commenced with site clearing.

Construction should take about three years, with a targeted completion in mid-2026.

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