MIA Switching To Preferential-Use Gates, Similar To FLL

Miami-Dade commissioners will vote this week on changes that could prove beneficial to airlines wishing to expand at Miami International Airport.

At the request of a committee of airlines, the airport would switch many gates to preferential-use with a simpler fixed-charge, instead of common-use with a per-use charge. MIA’s current system of common use gates is unusual in the U.S. (at Fort Lauderdale, 47 gates are preferential-use and 11 are common use).

To qualify for a preferred gate, the airline would need to maintain at least five flights per day there. Airlines making more efficient use of the gate could end up spending less per passenger than under the current system.

Additionally, domestic flights will no longer have to pay for MIA’s international facilities, as is currently the case under a blended charge. It will be separated out for international flights only.

In total, MIA has 140 usable gates. American Airlines would get the 61 of the airport’s 77 newly designated preferential-use gates. The remaining 63 gates would still be designated common-use.

 

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iFlyMIA
2 years ago

Whatever helps MIA attract more airlines, is fine with me.

Hopefully we can have a new central terminal sooner rather than later as well.

Anonymous
2 years ago

How many more airlines could they attract? Aren’t there more distinct carriers at MIA than any other airport in the country?

iFlyMIA
2 years ago

Well, let’s start with domestic carriers like Spirit, Southwest, Alaska and JetBlue.

International wise, JAL/ANA, Cathay Pacific, and maybe an African carrier.

Anonymous
2 years ago

3 of those 4 domestic airlines already have a huge presence in the region.

Miami1
2 years ago

JAL,ANA,SAA,Quantas,LOT would be nice to name a few…

Anonymous
2 years ago

LOL, 2 Japanese and one Australian airline? Have you looked at a map? it’s not economical to fly here….

iFlyMIA
2 years ago

1 Japanese Airline (preferably JAL because of OneWorld) is more than enough.

As for an Australian airline like Qantas.. Not a chance.

iFlyMIA
2 years ago

JAL, SAA, and LOT is perfect. Probably the only international airlines missing at MIA.

It’s Qantas* btw.

Suomynona
2 years ago

One would hope some of these cost savings would also go to the passengers via lower ticket prices. Right? Lol yea right.

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’s all well and good but.. having just returned from Europe and traveling through several modern, clean and efficient airports and train stations… MIA is a third world shithole !! Disgraceful. Full stop !

Anonymous
2 years ago

lol…………

Anonymous
2 years ago

for those that have visited the major european countries, you can safely say that they invest more on infrastructure than we do on this side of the pond. Its not like they spend a lot of money just on rail (metro, intercity, high speed rail)…their highways are decent and the airports are overall pretty good. On this side you may get good highways, but mediocre (or non existent) public transit and so so airports..its one or the other. yep..sad but true. We’re the ones that sometime seem undeveloped from such a standpoint.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Will they change all the signs to LED screens with real-time updates? It doesn’t help when one sign says an airline is a different concourse than another.

Anonymous
2 years ago

If you are lucky to have your flight listed. Many times I fly out of MIA and my flight is nowhere to be found on the monitors.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

Huh?

Anonymous
2 years ago

our airports suck

iFlyMIA
2 years ago

It doesn’t suck. Just poorly managed.

Fees need to be dropped and a central terminal needs to be built.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I think you can have one or the other but not both.