Terminal 5 (T5) is being constructed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) located south-east of Broward County, Florida, US, as part of a master plan update to meet the airline and passenger’s demand.
T5 will bring additional gate capacity to FLL, which, in conjunction with other planned capital development projects, will position the airport better for future aviation demand. It will be able to handle up to five million passengers a year.
The ground-breaking ceremony for T5 was held in October 2023. The construction process will take three years to complete. The project has the potential to create approximately 3,400 indirect and direct employment opportunities during the aforementioned construction phase.
Upon completion, the new terminal is anticipated to generate up to 1,250 permanent jobs at FLL.
Located 4.8km from Fort Lauderdale’s downtown area, FLL is owned and operated by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. It currently has two runways, four passenger terminals, three public car parks, and one centralised rental car facility.
FLL Terminal 5 location and design details
Terminal 5 will be located on the east side of Terminal 4 (concourse G) on part of the existing apron.
The new terminal will connect with the existing on-site parking garage at Cypress and Terminal 4 via multilevel walkways or pedestrian bridges.
The new terminal will cover an area of approximately 230,00ft2 with a five-gate domestic terminal that covers an area of 180,000ft2. It will be a two-storey structure with passenger facilities and hold rooms on the ground floor.
The lower ramp level, informally referred to as Avis Lot, will be home to support areas, concessions storage, and airline operations functions. The area will be used for the ground support needed for the terminals’ roads and kerbside areas.
The terminal will have areas for check-in and tickets, arrival and departure baggage handling, a security checkpoint, and concessions for food and drinks.
It will also incorporate Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant features and facilities similar to the other four terminals at the airport, to ensure accessibility for users in all areas.
Other key facility components associated with Terminal 5
The new terminal will feature a multilevel walkway connector, allowing for post-security connection to Concourse G.
In addition, non-secure pedestrian crossings leading to Terminal 5 from Terminal 4, parking garages, and automated people mover stations will be secured on the mezzanine floor.
The apron depth of the terminal will be enough to accommodate up to five narrowbody aircraft or three narrowbody aircraft and one widebody position. The Airfield access gate 504 will be relocated to the south side of T5 to provide direct access to the terminal via the new access road.
A landside roadway system will be installed at the terminal for kerbside passenger pick-up and drop-off, as well as commercial vehicle operations.
A new aircraft overnight parking area will be located adjacent to the south runway retaining wall, which will replace the four existing spaces while providing four more parking spaces.
The terminal will have eco-friendly features and will be constructed to meet Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Silver certification standards.
Other sustainable elements of T5 will include natural daylight maximisation, the use of recycled concrete throughout the construction process, the use of low volatile organic compound materials, an efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, and low flow fixtures.
The investment for Terminal 5 is estimated to be $404m. It will be financed through a combination of airport bonds, transportation grants from the Florida Department of Transportation, and passenger facility charges.
JetBlue Airways, an American low-cost carrier, is managing the construction of the new terminal on behalf of Broward County.
Bermello Ajamil & Partners, an international architecture and engineering company, teamed up with American architect Gensler, and employee-owned designer HDR, to design the new terminal at FLL.
Digitally enabled solutions provider Parsons has been awarded a contract worth $12.6m to provide programme management services for the construction of the new terminal.
Advisory consulting company Ricondo assisted Broward County in preplanning for the new terminal.
TLC Engineering Solutions, a structural engineer based in Florida, was contracted to provide mechanical, electrical, plumbing, life safety, and fire protection services for the project.
Other companies involved in the project are KEITH, a multidisciplinary construction engineer inspector, and Hunt/Moss, a construction and maintenance services provider, as a construction manager at risk.