Work has begun on one of the most important and large airport construction projects in the US – the South Runway Expansion project at the Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport in Florida. The new runway, when constructed, will extend the length of the existing runway 9R/27L from 5,726 feet to 8,000 feet, provide two parallel runways to accommodate larger aircraft, and enable the airport to handle 45,000 take-offs and landings in a year. The parallel runways will increase the airport’s capacity from the present 84 flights per hour to 107, thus helping reduce flight delays and meet the increasing traffic demands. The project is estimated to cost $791million out of which the US government will provide $250million, the state of Florida $129million while the remaining will be funded by passenger ticket charges. The airport will handle 22 million passengers every year with more than 600 flights to 60 US cities and other international destinations.