Miami International Airport Planning Expansion Of All Three Passenger Terminals

Miami International Airport is quickly moving ahead with a $5 billion capital improvement program now that the Covid-19 emergency is coming to an end – including a rebuild of the aging Central Terminal.

Airport director Lester Sola told Miami-Dade commissioners this week that planning continued for the program even during the depths of the pandemic. Airlines agree that the expansion is needed and “never once” requested a stop, he said.

The program includes renovation and expansion of all three passenger terminals, along with major investments in cargo, hotels, and parking.

In the South Terminal, a new $231 million wing with three new widebody gates is moving into the architecture and engineering phase this year.

The Central Terminal’s first and second phase will move into the architecture and engineering phase in 2022. Plans include the demolition of Concourse G, a new expanded check-in area with a raised ceiling, and a new security checkpoint, among other improvements.

The North Terminal’s $400 million D60 gate expansion will also move into the architecture and engineering phase in 2022.

A new hotel with direct terminal access on land next to the Dolphin Garage is already out for bid. An even bigger hotel and conference center on the short-term parking lot in front of the Central Terminal will be bid out next.

The airport is also moving forward this year on construction bidding for a $79 million parking garage for employees. That will free up surface parking lots for more airport expansion, Sola said.

Sola said that MIA is also aggressively investing in its cargo operations, including expanding land holdings to the west and adding new facilities.

 

 

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

If anyone from MIA is reading this, fix the damned signage in the airport. I’ve traveled all over and MIA has the worst signage I’ve ever seen. The signs should be spaced close enough to each other that you can always see where you are supposed to go next without a pair of binoculars. I’ve also found a sign that pointed in two opposite directions for the Metrorail. On the front side, it pointed west, and on the back it pointed east.

Also, stop using proprietary names for the people movers. You have three different people movers (MIA Mover, Skytrain and e Train) and no one outside of airport staff and frequent fliers know the difference. Just call them all people movers and say where they are going.

There’s also a bottleneck in your TSA checkpoints because all of the signs point to one line so you have staff that spend all day trying to guide people to the other checkpoint with the smaller line.

I’ve traveled to countries where I didn’t speak the local language and had an easier time navigating their airports than MIA, which I’ve flown through 100 times.

/rant

Anonymous
1 month ago

You think that’s bad?.. once spent 35 minutes driving around in the airport trying to return a rental car. That’s how screwed up the signs were.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Could not concur more completely. Worst signage in the Americas!

Anonymous
1 month ago

It honestly feels like whoever is responsible for the signage at MIA has never been to another airport. Airport signage has been mostly standardized throughout the world, including in developing countries. But for some reason MIA hasn’t figured this out.

Anonymous
1 month ago

100 % agreed, plus the signage after you rent a car. There is no way in hell to figure out how to get to the beach or downtown…also good luck trying to get from the AA luggage belts upstairs to departures…

Anonymous
1 month ago

The terminal renos look so generic. There’s nothing here that says Miami. Wasted opportunity.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I guess they read the comments from yesterday’s article! They need to hurry up.

Anonymous
1 month ago

🙄 …see you on Wednesday or whenever TNM doesn’t have something better to do…

Marc
1 month ago

Spent 3 hours at the Centurion Lounge yesterday and noticed how inefficient the gate layouts are at Concourse D. Sure enough, they’re showing gate optimization program will add 4x 777-size gates without any expansion of the terminal itself.

This is smart optimization of existing infrastructure. Now let’s do the same for Arrivals and allow ride-shares into the three taxi-only lanes! No investment required, and would solve major traffic issues.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Looking at the aerial view there is no land to expand… that land used for the golf course and proposed location for the soccer stadium would have been perfect for growth! Miami is growing and more people are visiting they are going to need more terminals to deal with all the growth. Look up the expansion Orlando is doing now, of course they have the land to build but they are building what’s called the south terminal. It’s so big its bigger then their main airport! When finished it will become one of the biggest airports in the U.S definitely future proofing air travel for years to come.

Anonymous
1 month ago

There is space west and east, they would just need to demolish everything around it. I support the idea. This airport needs to expand.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You must’ve forgot about Fort Lauderdale’s Airport only minutes away?

Anonymous
1 month ago

That’s fort Lauderdale not Miami

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ Being from Miami, I have flown in an out of Fort Lauderdale’s Airport many times. That’s how close and convenient they are to choose from.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Its close enough just like many cities have secondary airports

Anonymous
1 month ago

MIA plans on strategically buying up land on the west side of the airport. There are no plans to expand east as far as I know although I think it would make a lot of sense to buy the parking lot on the southeast corner. I think it was historically used for rental cars but the new rental car center makes it obsolete.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Airport was never gonna expand east. That would require getting rid of LeJuene which would be an awful idea

Marc
1 month ago

Probably better cost feasible options, but they could bridge taxiways and runways over Le Jeune just like they did at FLL over US1

Anonymous said
1 month ago

The article mentioned they are building a $79 million parking garage for employees to free employee surface parking lots east of the South Terminal for airport expansion. I guess if they relocate the fuel farm, they have room for another concourse.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Just build a new airport in homestead then use high speed rail into downtown

Anonymous
1 month ago

Still has low roofs, disgusting

Anonymous
1 month ago

You’ll love subways! To be honest, I find the old terminals better than the south one, which despite being relatively new at fifteen years old, feels like a drab bus terminal or freeway rest area.

It was designed by Arquitectonica, go figure.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Designed by Aquitectonica?.. nuff said….

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’m really curious how eliminating Concourse G is going to work. I recognize it’s tragic but where will those airlines go?

Anonymous
1 month ago

The last story TNM ran before the shutdown was the MIA expansion article 😰

Anonymous
1 month ago

How about fix the moving walkways and elevators. Add to that the AC in some of the walkways. MIA is such a POS airport can’t believe they are expanding something that isn’t working now.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Just walked by “Museum Park” and saw a sign stating “Maurice Ferre park walkway project” at a cost of $751,198. Does anyone have details on what this project is?

POLO
1 month ago

LET’S GO!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Will they have to elevate the runways/taxiways in the coming decades – or are they pretty elevated, i.e. protected from sea level rise?

Anonymous
1 month ago

So far, we haven’t seen or heard of one tweet from Biden. How many tweets did we see from Trump around this same time?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Biden’s infrastructure programs and policies in effect!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Shut the f–k up!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I love Liz Cheney…

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Shut the f–k up!!!”

Another Biden hater but loved that stimulus check.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I remember when Biden likened LGA to a Third World country, and gave granny-killer Governor Cuomo pet project dollars to rebuild it from scratch. Never mind ignoring the biggest issue with the airport is runways being too short for modern aircraft, while JFK and Newark could have absorbed many domestic flights if it closed. What happened to investing in HSR for the remaining short-distance domestic flights, huh Amtrak Joe?

Anonymous
1 month ago

The storming of the Capitol Building by rightwing terrorist in Washington DC on Jan 6, 2021, an embarrassment for this country that was shown around the world, is what’s fresh on my mind and will be for a long time.