On October 11, 2016, Emirates announced that they would operate a flight from Dubai to Ft. The airline decided on Fort Lauderdale instead of Miami, which has considerably longer runways and better facilities for long haul flights, because of its codeshare agreement with Jet Blue. On October 27, 2016, British Airways announced a flight from London Gatwick to Ft.Lauderdale three times a week, which began on July 6, 2017.However, when Hurricane Wilma made landfall in October roof damage was reported along with broken windows, damaged jetways, and destroyed canopies. Hurricane Wilma was a Category 2 when its center passed to the west of FLL.In February 2007, the airport started fees to all users, including private aircraft.Commercial flights to Nassau began on June 2, 1953, and domestic flights began in 1958–1959: Northeast Airlines and National Airlines DC-6Bs flew nonstop to Idlewild, and Northeast flew nonstop to Washington National.
The H concourse will be demolished to build the new "G" concourse. Concession space will be increased from 2,128 ft² to 28,000 ft² and a secure walkway will be added to connect terminals three and four.(Northeast's nonstop to Los Angeles had already been dropped.) By 1974, the airport was served by Braniff International Airways, Delta Air Lines, Eastern Air Lines, National Airlines, Northwest Orient Airlines, Shawnee Airlines and United Airlines.Delta and Eastern were the dominant carriers, with 12 and 14 routes from FLL respectively. US Airways also planned a hub at Fort Lauderdale in the mid-2000s as part of its reorganization strategy before its merger with America West.The proposal was approved by the FAA and expansion of the south runway was completed in September 2014.All four terminals now have 63 gates total; that number will increase to 97 with the completion of a new long-haul international Terminal Four and Concourse A at Terminal One. Lauderdale–Hollywood is projected to handle 36 million passengers annually.