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BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — If you are flying out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport this weekend, expect delays, frustration, and parking problems.

The airport has already opened its off-site lot, expecting that all parking garages are — or will be — at full capacity by 6 p.m. Thursday. Parking off-site requires use of a shuttle and a credit card for paying the $10/day fee. The off-site lot is located at 2755 SW 42nd Street in Fort Lauderdale.

Here is the official statement from FLL late Thursday afternoon:


Another busy holiday travel weekend is shaping up at Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) for the Fourth of July. Starting Thursday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 6, 2021, airport officials expect approximately 565,000 travelers to fly in and out of FLL for Independence Day festivities. As a result, the airport’s three busiest travel days should be July 1, July 2, and July 5, with daily traffic slated to range between 98,100 to 101,000 passengers. In all, officials expect an average of 94,100 daily passengers over the six days. 

If you haven’t flown in a while, please remember that federal law requires everyone to wear a face mask inside FLL’s terminals/concourses, Rental Car Center (RCC), and onboard flights regardless if vaccinated. Also, remain proactive in practicing safety measures that can slow the spread of COVID-19 including, properly wearing face coverings over the nose and mouth, washing/sanitizing hands frequently, and social distancing whenever possible.

FLL stands committed to providing airport guests and employees with a clean, safe, and healthy environment, so here are some travel tips and reminders to help you FLLy Safer, FLLy Smarter, FLLy Better:

COVID-19 TESTING SITE

The airport’s onsite COVID-19 testing service is located pre-security in Terminal 3 near baggage claim in a secluded area accessible curbside from Door 311. The testing site will operate on Sunday, July 4 and Monday, July 5, at its regular hours of 7AM-9PM. Since opening in December 2020, the Nomi Health site has administered nearly 38,000 tests to ticketed FLL travelers. To make an appointment or get more details on test types and costs, visit fll.net/.

PARKING (ONSITE)

FLL offers travelers a variety of parking options in its garages: Long Term Parking is $15 a day, and Short Term Parking (intended for dropping off or picking up passengers) is available for $3 an hour with a maximum daily rate of $36. Download the free FLL Airport App for information on parking, flights, restaurants, and shops before arriving at the airport. If you plan to park at FLL, allocate extra time to get here and secure a spot among the parking garage’s 8,000-plus spaces, which are expected to fill up for the holiday weekend. Tap into the garages’ smartparking technology to find the closest open spot. Then, in the garage driving lanes, look at the monitors mounted to the ceiling for the number of open spaces in each aisle. Travelers can use SunPass Plus as a convenient way to pay for parking using a SunPass transponder in the airport’s three parking garages. The traveler must use a SunPass Plus lane to enter and exit for the account to be charged. SunPass Plus entry does not require a ticket. 

Note: Curbside Valet Parking service remains suspended during the pandemic until further notice.

OVERFLOW PARKING (OFF-SITE) 

In anticipation of the airport’s parking garages filling for the July Fourth holiday weekend, FLL’s Overflow Parking Lot will accept entries beginning Thursday, July 1 at 7AM until the onsite garage parking returns to normal. The lot is located west of the airport at 2755 SW 42nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315. Take Griffin Road, just west of I-95 to Anglers Avenue, and turn right (north). Then turn left (west) on Southwest 42nd Street and follow the orange wayfinding signs. A flat rate of $10 per day applies, as does a maximum stay of seven days. Payment must be via credit card. Parkers should allow additional time when using the Overflow Lot. The free shuttle service to and from the Overflow Lot will have designated stops along the Upper Level airport roadway between Terminals 1-2, and Terminals 3-4. View the attached parking map found under “Release Properties” at the bottom of the page.

PICKUP/DROP OFF
The Cell Phone Waiting Area is located under the main entrance roadway to the airport. As you approach FLL’s entrance, stay in the left lanes, follow the sign to All Parking, and bear left. Then follow the signs to the Cell Phone Waiting Area. This road will bring you around the RCC to the Cell Phone Waiting Area. If the free Cell Phone Waiting Area is full, please proceed to our Short Term Parking in the garages, which is available for $3 per hour with a grace period under 20 minutes at no charge. Please remember that the curbside areas are for immediate pickup and drop-off only. Unattended vehicles will be ticketed and towed. 


REMINDERS
FLL participates in several expedited security and Customs processing programs,including TSA Pre-Check, Global Entry, Mobile Passport, and CLEAR, available in select locations and security checkpoints. Please visit their respective websites to learn more about the programs, how they work, and any associated costs.

If you are a traveler with a disability or have a medical condition, you can plan ahead with TSA Cares or call their toll-free helpline at 1-855-787-2227 to enhance your airport experience.

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