MIA Breaks Record Again For Busiest Day Ever, But Keeps Running Out Of Parking

Miami International Airport once again had its busiest day ever last week, but the facilities seem overwhelmed.

Sunday March 13 was the busiest day for passenger traffic in the airport’s history, according to a tweet from the airport the next day. MIA has broken its own record multiple times in the past year.

Later in the week, the airport advised passengers to arrive 2 hours before domestic flights, and 3 hours before international flights, due to the TSA being unable to keep up.

In another tweet sent later last week, the airport warned that its parking garages were completely full – something that has also already happened several times in the past year.

Social media users complained that some were parking their cars on curbs, while others said they missed their flights.

A presentation by the airport last year did not appear to show plans to build a new parking garage for the public at MIA.

The airport was only planning a new parking garage for employees, the May 2021 presentation showed.

There were also plans for two new hotels on what is currently a short-term and long-term surface parking lot and parking deck adjacent to the terminals.

 

Screenshot from the May 2021 presentation showing two new hotels replacing parking areas at MIA:

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Jon
10 months ago

Running out of parking isn’t the flex you think it is. It’s a testament to our crappy transit. Shame on the same families who have been running the county for decades and the people who keep electing them.

ParkingHater
10 months ago

I would even venture to argue running out of parking is a GOOD thing. it’s the stick we need to get people to try other options, now if only we had a good carrot…

iRideMDT
10 months ago

Good thing we have that other option. Take Metrorail to MIA…!

Anonymous
10 months ago

I’m as enthusiastic about transit as anyone here, but the connection between the Airport and the metrorail is awful and I personally wouldn’t use it again. Not only do we have to transfer between the metrorail and the airport people mover, but the metrorail from the airport was super infrequent and I had to wait for a good 20 minutes before the train arrived. Besides, it’s an insane walk from the airport to the people mover station, much more than would be to get your uber outside or your car at the lot.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Try catching it at night, it runs every 30 minutes…I work at MIA and live within a mile of a Metrorail station and took it to work for a year. I had to stop, it literally took me two hours to get home at night…

Anonymous
10 months ago

Yup, they did it all wrong. Let’s be honest, we’ll probably never see that line extended south on Douglas.

Smarter idea would have been to build “airport only” transit. A MIA Mover that connected all terminals (think arriving in H and connecting to D), the intermodal center, and then to the metro rail.

Something like that would have had much higher frequencies as well. The current metrorail design forces the airport line to be limited to 50% of the entire system’s frequencies

Anonymous
10 months ago

It originally was planned to stop at terminals, but didn’t because of security concerns.

Jon
10 months ago

That’s a cop out. WMATA takes you right to DCA. MTA’s Airtrain takes you to JFK. BART takes you to OAK. Even MARTA takes you to ATL.

Anonymous
10 months ago

We have transit from MIA directly to downtown and Brightline, but God forbid you have to TRANSFER! We should just extend the Metromover to MIA and Orlando, without a fee and using the same thirty-mile an hour tin cans. It totally would work and be reliable.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Are you genuinely that lazy?

zlato
10 months ago

The think with mass transit is that is not a personalized, custom ride like in a car. But your complain is misguided. Instead of complaining that you have to stand for a few minutes, you should consider driving in circles to find a parking place and then stand for 10’s of minutes for the shuttle bus. Mass transit might take a couple of more minutes, but it seems you are soft.

ignoranymous
10 months ago

“The think with mass transit is that is?”

That shit started off all fucked up…

Anonymous
10 months ago

What about parking at the Intermodal center and riding to Mover to the airport?

Anonymous
10 months ago

I’ve tried that recently when renting a car at the airport. Most of the parking is very restricted (2 hour limit/reserved)

Marine SGT
10 months ago

You are the 1% I keep hearing about but can never find in person.

Guajiro En Miami
10 months ago

I have ridden Miami Dade Transit. From Hialeah though to Kendall, you have to ride through the worst parts of Miami-Dade. Not enough security for me to ever ride that POS again. Oh by the way. I carry now because of the travelling sht show.

ignoranymous
10 months ago

poor scary baby….

Jason Allman
10 months ago

I am willing to bet money that nobody has every tried to murder you. Don’t judge others based on your sheltered life. Just be happy for it.

Stop nagging
10 months ago

Babies, all of you—as always. I ride the metrorail to work daily and find it to perform pretty well on average. I’m happy

ParkingHater
10 months ago

Demand based parking baby, we need it. You wanna park at the airport during the busiest season? Ok, but pay up. Else take transit or an Uber.

T G
10 months ago

Agreed. and invest that money into buffing up the metrorail/mover

Azarius
10 months ago

Time for upgrades and a new terminal at MIA and turn the south Miami airport into a international airport to help service the area, I don’t see Miami’s growth to slow down anytime soon, this makes sense!

ParkingHater
10 months ago

Great! Let’s start removing parking garages and build more terminals!

Drac
10 months ago

(scratching my head)… Um, why don’t they just hire people that know how to design airports?

Guajiro En Miami
10 months ago

and hotels!

Hogan
10 months ago

I sincerely hope that was sarcasm? 🤨

Anonymous
10 months ago

What south Miami airport? Are you referring to the Tamiami airport? That airport is small regional airport meant for small prop planes only and is in no way a major airport hub.

Not Anonymous
10 months ago

if they eat up some of the farms around the airport it could be big enough.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Farms? Bro you have no clue what you are talking about. The Tamiami airport is an executive airport and that’s all it is. The surroundings are not farms they are subdivisions. The farms you are referring to are in Homestead.

Anonymous
10 months ago

actually he’s right, there are corn fields to the west of the Tamiami runways, but it would require cutting off sw 157 ave, which just got extended through there about 10-15 years ago.

Guajiro En Miami
10 months ago

what about Homestead Reserve Air Force Base. We are never going to bomb Cuba…or Haiti, or any body from here.

Anonymous
10 months ago

WTH does rebuilding a terminal have to do with parking?

Anonymous
10 months ago

Tell MDAD stop selling the parking to the rental car companies and parking would be ok……some.600+ parking spots sold…..

New airport in homestead
10 months ago

3rd world airport

Anonymous
10 months ago

It’s actually quite the opposite. One of the busiest airports in the world for passenger and cargo.

Not Anonymous
10 months ago

That still doesn’t mean it’s first world, only that it’s full as f. By any other standard, it is third word.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Complete horse sh*t. That airport is world class and is the only thing keeping Miami afloat from being a 3rd world city.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Actually it DOES.

Guajiro En Miami
10 months ago

full of thrrd worlders coming back here from their home shtholes

Anonymous
10 months ago

No one in their right mind would ever want an airport in middle of no where Homestead with no transit options and it being 30 miles away from the city.

Guajiro En Miami
10 months ago

Mass Transit !!!!

Anonymous
10 months ago

Have you ever been to LGA?

Anonymous
10 months ago

No. Don’t care to.

ignoranymous
10 months ago

Or Denver’s airport?

Anonymous
10 months ago

No. I don’t travel and I don’t care to. I like it here. Outside pressure is for losers. And you just mentioned LaGuardia airport? I heard that airport is a complete DUMP.

ignoranymous
10 months ago

“No. I don’t travel and I don’t care to”

Then what the fuck are you commenting for?

MIA to Douglas Rd
10 months ago

Extend Metrorail south to Douglas Rd to mitigate traffic congestion and the demand for parking. A connection to the East-West corridor and service to downtown Coral Gables could also be implemented. It’s gonna be especially crucial if commissioners vote yes on building the Freedom Park stadium.

ParkingHater
10 months ago

MINIMUM they should add a freedom park stop. It’s literally less than a mile and they already have tracks out the other end of the stadium.

ignoranymous
10 months ago

If you don’t know, I’ll fill you in.. this is Miami, and they don’t do shit that makes sense here… okay?

ignoranymous
10 months ago

“Extend Metrorail south to Douglas Rd to mitigate traffic congestion”

Okay… but don’t get at us if it requires at least eight years of study.

– MDTA

Guajiro En Miami
10 months ago

Douglas? It goes to Datran center in Kendall.

Anonymous
10 months ago

brightline to the airport.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Busiest airport, but it still has 3rd world design and planning.

Anonymous
10 months ago

It was state of the art when it opened in 1959 and frankly, has aged better than the “new” parts like look like glorified bus terminals.

Not Anonymous
10 months ago

true

Anonymous
10 months ago

Just out of curiosity but what makes it 3rd world in your opinion?

Guajiro En Miami
10 months ago

Look around. Listen to the people speaking….. Ay yi yi , creole and pigdin . Turd world !

Anonymous
10 months ago

It could be the case of transferring some routes to the FLL, relieving MIA.

Cutler_Ridge
10 months ago

Miami just needs an uptick in crime.. rollback to the 80’s when body’s in the glades were the norm.

tomtom
10 months ago

airport parking is generally for those locals leaving the area. nobody flies into town and then requires a place to park their car. To solve this issue you simply have to answer the question, why are so many locals leaving Miami all at the same time, how long are they parking there and why is it outrageous to expect them to take an Uber or a Cab? do we need 2 million parking places in case everyone wants to fly out of town in march and desires a parking spot for the duration of their trip? raise parking rates in March, that will cool demand. move on.

Hogan
10 months ago

Miami is a cesspool of grifters at the highest level. Expect nothing!

Eddy
10 months ago

I have taken the metrorail from Brickell to MIA airport on Friday March 18th around 5 pm. It took me over 45 minutes wait to get the correct train to MIA when it is suppose to come every 15 minutes. I got to the airport over one hour later than planned to find a 3 blocks long lines for TSA inspection.

Dolchedelechay
10 months ago

Dang! It do be like that sometimes, but it’s not common. Sorry you had to go through that. If you plan on using this same route to and from in the future here two tips that have improved my experience with both the rail and the lines at MIA.

1) Get the train app and stay informed. It’ll save you time. “GO transit app”
2) Get you that sweet TSA pre and save yourself a headache

Irving Phelps
10 months ago

Get rid of TSA and open up many parking spots and decrease wait times!

No roads, no rail, no future
10 months ago

So if MIA is such a busy world airport breaking so many records, then it is no doubt by thousands of miles (pun intended), the crappiest of all the “alpha” world airports, no doubt?

Another 1st rank for Miami.

Kevin C
10 months ago

MIA is quickly becoming one of the worst dreaded airports in the country. Every line is way too long. The crowds and spaces feel cramped and chaotic. American Airlines expects you to make your connecting flight in 40 mins or less

Anonymous
10 months ago

Build more parking garages and expand the airport to meet the new demand. The airport is an important and integral part of the City. It must expand, improve, update accordingly. More parking garages also seem a priority.

iRideMDT
10 months ago

There is sufficient capacity – Metrorail runs to MIA.

Anonymous
10 months ago

I work at the airport and I always tell frustrated passengers the same thing. Why didn’t you take UBER or LYFT to the airport. It’s totally unnecessary for anyone to miss their flight and pay exorbitant parking fees when they can be chauffered.

ParkingHater
10 months ago

Even with midnight headways. easy 500 ppl/hr SEATED capacity.

ParkingHater
10 months ago

also, wanna go to Miami Beach? even without a metro or monorail we already have capacity for over 600 an hour.

Not Anonymous
10 months ago

How? what mode of transportation goes from MIA to South Beach?

ParkingHater
10 months ago

Buses. The 150 is fast as fuck. BBN will make it even better

ParkingHater
10 months ago

no. plenty of studies show parking leads car use and traffic.

stop it at the source. we have the intermodal center for a reason.

nonmous
10 months ago

“no. plenty of studies show parking leads car use and traffic'”

You mean, its not due to people finally coming up with some kind of way to buy or get a vehicle?

Anonymous
10 months ago

We need to upgrade the Central Terminal yesterday, and expand the South and North Terminals as well.

On a different note, RAM returned to Miami yesterday with nonstop flights to Casablanca.

Conch fritter
10 months ago

Maybe they should break ground on renovations and reconfigure the AA arrival area for better traffic flow.

Anonymous
10 months ago

It’s all those spring breakers.

Anon
10 months ago

Hopefully the Inter Miami project would as point out that they’d be adding more offsite parking for when the season isn’t goin.

CabeZon Paton
10 months ago

Can somebody please explain to me why it’s getting full?? Are people flying out of miami and need to park their cars? This is the season when are flying into miami….

CabeZon Paton
10 months ago

Not flying out.

Original
10 months ago

“Can somebody please explain to me why it’s getting full??”

Um, maybe it has something to do with tourism?

Just saying…

CCrider
10 months ago

Last time I flew into Miami was in 1991… and it sucked then!

Jacque
10 months ago

Get rid of parking. Make one day and employee parking only available.

Lucy Ribin
10 months ago

Eat the rich!

ignoranymous
10 months ago

That’s witty…

Tell me something.. are you and Jacque married?

Arthut
10 months ago

I do Uber at Miami airport and honestly this is pure media frenzy BS…

People are lazy to pay for parking and wait for arriving love ones on the main roads to access the airport crating heavy traffic.

Anonymous
10 months ago

What about a new airport in Miami?

Anonymous
10 months ago

build out Homestead and connect it with a fast train to MIA. Wait…that makes too much sense and will never happen…

Anon
10 months ago

Well homestead could have been connect to the metrorail. Easily could have branched to homestead airfield

daniel
10 months ago

Homestead is going to be directly connected to metrorail by January of 2023 with the South Corridor BRT with trip times of 30 min from Homestead to Dadeland South.

Jason Allman
10 months ago

Are you comparing bus to the rail we should have gotten 15 years ago??????? HILARIOUS!

ParkingHater
10 months ago

absolutely not. with what we know now about the health effects of airports? not worth the economic harm

ParkingHater
10 months ago

this is more of a long term trains-are-better opinion of mine. right now unfortunately its a necessary evil.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Who the hell would want to fly into middle of no where cornfield Homestead? Too far away from the city limits and there is no transit options.

nonmous
10 months ago

“build out Homestead and connect it with a fast train to MIA”

So, in your opinion, it should go from stop to stop traveling at the speed of at least 150 mph?

Anonymous
10 months ago

Impossible. Not a big enough land tract and in whose neighborhood would accept it.

Anon
10 months ago

Just a question but where could one possibly go… northeast Dade (Medley/Hialeah gardens)… down south in homestead (but that’s super far from population density)… no room in west Dade. And absolutely no chance of going into the Everglades… restricted growth will definitely hurt the airport in the near future. Does south Florida need another major airport in addition to FLL and west palm? Broward doesn’t really have any addition space. West palm does but that’s again to far for the population density…

Anonymous
10 months ago

Forget it. They’re not building another airport. The idea is to grow and expand on the current one. Transit is right there. So why not make it better? The amount of money and harm it would cause on communities and the environment is not worth it. There is a reason MIA has been there for generations. It is near the city limits and now has Metro Rail. Until your county commissioners get off their behinds and build Metro Rail to the far outer suburbs, you cannot think of “expansion”.

Not Anonymous
10 months ago

With good transit, airports don’t need to be next to population centers. They just take up valuable land and lower land values.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Complete nonsense. When people fly into a city they want to be near the city particularly if they are on business trips or tourists new to the place. Why would I want to fly to a destination only to be 30 miles outside of the city limits? And your argument is foolishness because Miami-Dade still does not have a transit system that expands into deep south BFE Homestead.

daniel
10 months ago

South Corridor BRT in operation by January and trip times of 35 min from Florida City to Dadeland South.

Jason Allman
10 months ago

Fantasy. I have lived in this county over 40 years.

Anonymous
10 months ago

I realize many posters on here can’t see the forest from the trees, but what do you think FLL and PBIA are for?

CabeZon Paton
10 months ago

New airport out of coconut grove. Reclaim land in Biscayne Bay. Let’s make it happen!

ParkingHater
10 months ago

While we’re at it lets start sending coontie flour to Ukraine!

Anonymous
10 months ago

Time to unshelf the Everglades Jetport, and build a hyperloop to the current terminal.

Anonymous
10 months ago

You’ll be the first one clucking about climate change and sea level rise every time it floods when it rains, building over the Everglades, which is a natural drainage basin.

Not Anonymous
10 months ago

Yes! The Airport of the Future!

ignoranymous
10 months ago

“Time to unshelf the Everglades Jetport, and build a hyperloop to the current terminal”

What is it with you people who want to get from one place to the other at light speed?