Qatar Airways Seen As Potential A380 Operator At MIA

Miami International Airport officials are confident in their recent decision to invest in construction of an A380 gate in the North Terminal, although no airline has finalized plans to use the gate yet.

Ken Pyatt, Deputy Director of Operations at the airport, tells exMiami that the airport has it on ‘good authority’ that British Airways will up-gauge at least one of their daily flights to an A380. Pyatt also sees Qatar Airways, which operates out of the North Terminal, as potentially bringing in an A380.

British Airways did not pay for construction, and doesn’t have any type of financial commitment to use the gate. The gates at D1 and D2 were due to be replaced, and the extra cost to add A380 capability was about $1.5 million, according to Pyatt. The two gates combine to form a single A380 gate.

Lufthansa, which uses the South Terminal, is the only airline currently flying the A380 to Miami.