Officials at MIA say that they have run out of gate capacity and are “on the brink” of busing passengers to terminals from hardstands.
Miami-Dade Aviation Department’s Ken Pyatt told a Dade committee last week that during peak times, the airport has no remaining spare gates. The airport is coming very close to implementing a busing solution, he said, with airlines such as Qatar Airways now looking to expand further.
Passenger growth at the airport is years ahead of forecast, according to a consultant. Dade commissioners have been pressuring airport officials to accelerate the Central Terminal project, but consultants and officials say that years of planning is needed before work can begin.