Miami Airport to invest £3.94bn in modernisation projects

WCN Editorial Team 6 Jun 2019 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Miami International Airport (MIA) has secured approval from the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners for a $5bn (£3.94bn) investment in airport-wide modernisation projects over the next five to 15 years.

The capital improvement programme is intended to enable the airport to meet the future growth in passenger and cargo traffic. The airport is expected to cater to 77 million travellers and more than four million tonnes of freight by 2040.

MIA director and CEO Lester Sola said: “I appreciate the support and leadership of Mayor Gimenez, Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson, and the Board of County Commissioners, as we turn the page to this next chapter in the transformation of MIA.

“Because of the program’s phased structure, we look forward to delivering to our passengers and business partners new and improved airport facilities.”

Designed to address the airport’s future capacity and operational needs, the modernisation programme comprises five sub-programmes.

The sub-programmes involve the redevelopment of Central Terminal concourses E and F; expansion of South Terminal (concourses H and J); and renovation of Concourse D gates to accommodate additional wide- and narrow-body aircraft, and larger regional jets.

The other two sub-programmes involve the construction of two hotels and other miscellaneous landside projects; and expansion of aircraft parking positions and warehouses for cargo operations.

One of the two hotels will include a business and conference centre with exhibition space.

For the first time, MIA handled more than 45 million annual passengers in 2018, an increase of nearly one million over the previous year.

The airport served 21.8 international passengers in 2018, making it the busiest airport in Florida for international travellers and third-busiest US gateway in this category.

MIA was also the busiest US airport for international freight, handling 2.3 million tonnes of freight in 2018, up by 60,000 tonnes from its 2017 total.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said: “MIA is Miami-Dade County’s leading economic engine and busiest gateway, generating nearly $31 billion in business revenue and welcoming 96 percent of all visitors to our community.

“The goal of this new capital program is for MIA to provide even greater value, convenience and efficiency to our visitors, airline partners and cargo operators.”

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Image: Rendering of the Central Terminal Concourse F at Miami International Airport. Photo: Courtesy of Miami International Airport.

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