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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Just Opened A New Concourse In Terminal 4

Passengers on a Spirit flight from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, were the first to experience the new Concourse G at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The concourse—the newest in 12 years—opened Tuesday in Terminal 4.

Prior to the creation of Concourse G—the first phase of a two-part effort to expand and modernize Terminal 4—the airport's most recent concourse was Concourse B in Terminal 1, which opened in January 2003.

Concourse G has 14 gates, 12 of which can be used for either international or domestic flights and two for domestic flights only. But additional gates don't necessarily mean the airport will service more people or places—at least not yet.

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“It depends on how often they’re used,” said Allan Siegel, a community outreach coordinator for the Broward County Aviation Department. “With the additional gates, there could be more destinations."

The concourse will also allow for an expanded concession area, with new restaurants, shops and bathrooms. Eateries available will include Zona Fresca, Desano Pizza and Bakery, Plane Box Food Co. and Casavana Cuba Cuisine. Shops will include Hoffman’s Chocolate, CNBC Smartshop, Coastal Expression and Shades of Time.

Concourse G has two stories and a mezzanine corridor for international travelers. The expansion will allow for more space for customs, Siegel said.

The second phase of the Terminal 4 expansion should be completed by mid-2018, but the airport has plans for further expansion.

“We are adding five gates to Concourse A in Terminal 1 next month,” Siegel said.

There are also plans to modernize Terminal 2 and 3.

The airport tweeted pictures of the new concourse ahead of this week's opening. Check out some of the photos, below: