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Heavy Traffic Expected on Fort Lauderdale Airport North Runway



The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport expected to service about a million fewer passengers over the last four months as it shut down the facility’s north runway for repairs.

Guess how many fliers are expected to come back now that the refurbished runway is set to reopen on October 1?


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FLL is bracing for an increase in both plane and people traffic as the runway will be put back into use after a $95 million reconstruction project, which was a much-needed reconstruction project.

The Miami Herald reported that parts of the runway dated back to 1943 when the airport served as a naval air station during World War II.

The 75-foot center portion of the runway was rebuilt with concrete and the 38-foot sides with asphalt. New signage was also put in.

In large part, the popularity of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is two-fold. One, it’s not Miami International, a bigger facility serving more passengers that can be hectic at times. Two, three of FLL’s main carriers are low-cost budget airlines Southwest, Spirit and JetBlue, making fares infinitely cheaper.

According to the Herald, the three airlines account for two-thirds of all passenger traffic out of FLL.

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Strange Odor at Oakland Airport Sends Travelers to the Hospital



We have seen more issues with strange odors on airplanes in the last year or so than at any time, some so severe they required a diverted landing.

Now comes word that another incident has taken place, only this time it was actually inside the airport.

Four people were taken to local hospitals by the Oakland (Calif.) Fire Department on Tuesday after an unknown substance began giving off a strange odor at Oakland International Airport.

According to Fox News, the odor came from a small box at one of the ticketing counters that is used to discard items that cannot be brought on a plane via carry-on bag – water bottles, bottles of cologne or mouthwash larger than three ounces, etc.

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The airport played it safe and called the fire department, which sent a Hazmat crew according to the NBC TV affiliate in the Bay Area. There was no disruption to airport services, though four people were taken to the hospital to be checked out for precautionary reasons.

This is the latest in a series of numerous reports of odors emanating from a plane or airport just in the last year or so alone, much less beyond that time frame.

Some have been fumes that have forced flights to land.

Some have forced flights to divert to other airports.

Some have been so overwhelming that passengers and crew were hospitalized.

And some have even been visible – if you like your airplane cabin filling with an unknown fog.

The Oakland Fire Dept. is still investigating the cause of the odor.

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