Fort Lauderdale Offers Air-Cargo Alternative to Miami

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US-based Lynxs Group plans to develop a 59,200-square-foot facility and aircraft-parking ramp at the Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport. The facility is being built to support Emery Worldwide ‘s operations and will continue to position Fort Lauderdale as an air-cargo alternative for Miami International Airport.

“Emery Worldwide is excited about the opportunity to provide superior services and facilities to our many customers throughout south Florida, the Caribbean and around the world,” said Emery Worldwide ‘s Miami district manager Harley Ebert. Construction will begin this month on 4.2 hectares of land at the northwest corner of the airport. The facility is expected to be completed in January next year.

“This project takes advantage of a site that has considerable existing infrastructure, which makes it faster and less expensive to build,” said Gary Tharp, Lynxs Florida project manager. “We passed those savings on to the tenant.”

The new facility is a sign of the increased interest in Fort Lauderdale as a growing cargo hub for south Florida and the Caribbean.

Elijah Wooten of Broward County’s Economic Development Agency said the new facility would be an economic engine for the area.

Airport director Bill Sherry said the new facility would further augment the airport’s growing reputation in the air-cargo industry.

“This new facility will enhance the air-cargo capabilities of the airport and show others in the industry that Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International is a favourable air-cargo alternative in south Florida,” Mr. Sherry said.

The Lynxs Group is a national developer of air-cargo facilities – with bases in Austin, Sacramento, Chicago, Anchorage, Richmond and southern California.