directors regularly meet at power lunch powwows
directors for three South Florida counties are hoping to increase regional
awareness in the aviation industry through regular meetings.
Broward and Palm Beach aviation chiefs have been meeting over noon meals
to share ideas and discuss needs at the region's three major airports
Miami International, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International and
Palm Beach International.
have lunch together and share common problems and issues," said Gary
Dellapa, aviation director for Miami-Dade County. "We talk about
the South Florida markets and where we are headed in the future."
said although the trio have not made any specific plans, the lunches are
a step toward promoting the idea of partnerships.
don't know of two commuter service airports located in close proximity
like Fort Lauderdale and MIA that don't work together," said Bill
Sherry, Broward County's director of aviation.
verses competition in aviation is the focus of the meetings, Mr. Dellapa
said. There is, he said, more to be gained for the airport industry here
through partnerships than ever before.
Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports are not unlike neighboring New York
airports LaGuardia and Kennedy, Mr. Dellapa said. Other than flights to
and from Canada, LaGuardia has almost no international traffic while at
least 55% of Kennedy's flights are international.
International Airport has a little more than 50% international traffic,
according to Mr. Dellapa. By 2010, a little more than 60% of all flights
there will be international a true gateway airport, he said.
Lauderdale's airport mostly handles domestic origin to destination flights
only 3% connect to other flights, Mr. Sherry said.
Palm Beach International considers itself the last major airport to the
north before Orlando, said Director Bruce Pelly.
mainly serve Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties," Mr. Pelly said.
"We are in a unique situation as far as all three airports being
so close to each other. Anyone can go to either of them. It really depends
on the flight and the cost."
International, Mr. Dellapa said, is undergoing a major renovation and
expansion that includes two new concourses. Concourse A will eventually
become a portal for American Airlines while H will become part of a terminal
for United Airlines.
also have approval for a $164 million grant from the Florida Department
of Transportation to build a Miami Intermodal Center. That project will,
among other things, put a car rental depot on airport grounds.
Lauderdale International just completed a 4,900-space garage and is building
a nine-gate terminal, said Jim Reynolds, airport spokesperson. He said
it is also undergoing a road infrastructure enhancement project.
airports are co-existent and mutually dependant on each other," Mr.
Dellapa said. "We live in a megapolis."
Miami, (305) 876-7000; Fort Lauderdale, (954) 359-1200; Palm Beach, (561)