"When we used to visit you years ago, Fort Lauderdale seemed like a small airport," she remembered. "It was like one of those airports in New England or something. But now, it's gotten so busy. It's almost like a hub."
I felt the same way in the past about FLL when I landed in 1989 for my job interview as a reporter at the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The airport seemed tropical and charming, but hardly like a hub of any kind. My landing in Fort Lauderdale back then also landed me that job ... and ever since I've been flying in and out of the airport toward destinations near and far, domestic and foreign. What a difference those years have made. Now Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is just as Sondra said it is: "It's almost like a hub." Only last night I watched two jets taking off simultaneously from the two runways, flying west to east over the ocean. At the same time, I saw another plane coming out of the northeast toward the airport and still another circling overhead. But the good thing is that the airport has expanded with the traffic. It can handle all that bustling - planes, cars and people alike. So if you're planning to come from there to here and back again, you can relax. Whether at the holidays or some time during 2015, FLL is ready to handle you and yours. Hey, our baggage claim carousels even play calypso music as well as the sounding of cruise ship horns. Very cool. You'll notice a difference if you haven't been at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for a while, but I think you'll like it. More runways but also more food and beverage options in the terminals. And a well-organized, easy to use airport that manages all those flights and human beings quite well. My sister likes it anyway - and that's good enough for me.