The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has achieved its highest passenger record this past year, handling 24.6 million passengers – a 10 percent increase from 23.5 million passengers handled a year prior.
The increase in passengers is largely due to new international flights through low-cost carriers from the United States, Latin America and Europe.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, international travel has increased by 26 percent thanks to the debut of new flight services through Brazil’s Azul, Panama’s Copa, Mexico’s Volaris, Ecuador’s TAME and Norwegian Air.
The airport also added additional international destinations in 2014, including flights to Sao Paulo, Brazil, Panama City, Panama, Quito, Ecuador and Mexico City and Guadalajara in Mexico.
The Sun-Sentinel also reports “airport officials predict similar increases in passenger traffic in 2015.”
The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport isn’t the only South Florida airport to break records this past year. Miami International Airport handled 40.9 million passengers in 2014, making that the fifth straight year of records for South Florida’s busiest airport.