American Airlines Gives Green Light For North Terminal Expansion At MIA

Miami International Airport is proceeding with plans to redevelop and expand a portion of the North Terminal occupied by American Airlines.

The project will see the regional jet facility currently known as gate D60 demolished and replaced with a new wing of the terminal featuring multiple gates.

It is one of the first projects to move forward as part of the airport’s $5 billion redevelopment plans through 2040.

Airport chief Lester Sola told Miami-Dade commissioners yesterday that the D60 facility is “outdated.” It was built in 2011.

When complete, the new gates will be “full contact” and will be capable of accommodating larger regional jets.

Passengers on those smaller planes (which typically have fewer than 100 seats) will no longer need to walk outside, and will be able to walk directly onto their flight from the terminal.

Sola said that American Airlines had agreed to move forward with the project, and that it was now entering the design and construction phase.

The aviation director promised to provide an exact timeframe for the project to commissioners by the end of the day yesterday.

Sola said that complaints about the current regional facility are among the top complaints he hears. The reason – politicians are frequent users of the gate, since flights to Tallahassee depart from D60.

 

 

 

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

2011 is outdated? How about you give the Central Terminal a good look, director.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Oh boy.. if 2011 is outdated, that’s not good news for anyone born in 1990.

Living off A1A
1 month ago

The Central Term is hideous. I know, funding is an issue… but at least the 1970’s exterior should be made to match the North & South Terms! We walked thru two weeks ago… (Covid >>> staying outdoors!) And it’s disgusting… dirty… smelly… all around horrible! The interior is dated but not as embarrassing as the exterior!

Anonymous
1 month ago

The Central Terminal dates to 1959, and exterior was renovated in the early 2000s. It aged pretty well, when this is being demolished at ten years old. Looking at the replacement, it it’ll be outdated, it not already, before it’s completed.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Arrivals needs to be redesigned, always a traffic jam.

Marc
1 month ago

Arrivals issue can be solved by doing one simple thing: open all traffic lanes to everyone!!!

They still only allow taxis in the first three lanes of arrivals. That section of road is almost always empty, while the remaining lanes further from the terminal are a complete mess.

They made this modification at PHL (allowed Uber/Lyft into taxi area), and arrivals traffic is 110% better now because of it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This should include a new police precinct and holding cells for out of control low class tourists.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah.. especially the ones who throw a hissy fit when told they have to wear a mask.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Very good news that this is moving forward

Anonymous
1 month ago

welcomed addition remember before the skytrain trying to connect on American from terminal E to terminal B back in the day

Anonymous
1 month ago

Wow, 2011 is outdated.

Living off A1A
1 month ago

D60 (the American Eagle Terminal) was a badly designed mess when it opened in 2011. But they were still the SAAB propeller planes, not the current RJ fleet. This “upgrade” is badly needed.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Those Tallahassee politicians

Anonymous
1 month ago

How about the other side of the terminal? Weren’t they planning on adding more gates there? Also, waiting until 2040 to complete the redevelopment of the airport is the stupidest thing they can do. It should be done soon.

Anonymous
1 month ago

MIA will always be under construction. By the time they finish the five billion expansion we’ll be dead.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Or “outdated.”

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Through 2040”… meaning they’re hoping the redevelopment is all complete by 2040…. Aha..

Anonymous
1 month ago

D60 is really not that bad…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Perhaps giving the carpets a good shampoo in the ENTIRE upper international arrivals section. At least, have the cleaners get off their phones and actually clean the airport.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s still not as bad as Newark’s airport.. that place is really the pits!

Mr. Miami
1 month ago

Go to Kennedy! Now that’s a slop house! Third world.

Shawn Kouri
1 month ago

The airport is starting to get modernized. I went through and American Airlines terminal a month ago at Miami International Airport to go to Charlotte North Carolina. I don’t know if it’s that terminal but it could be.