MIA Bursting At Seams, Will Need To Begin Busing Passengers Soon

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.