Revealed: Multi-Billion Dollar Plan To Remake Miami International Airport For 80 Million Passengers

Miami International Airport has revealed plans for a massive expansion to keep up with fast growth projected in coming years.

Plans were presented yesterday by airport director Lester Sola to a Miami-Dade subcommittee, who voted to accept the presentation. It will still need approval from the full commission.

The Capital Improvement Plan will see construction from next year through 2035, at a cost of up to $5 billion.

By 2040, the airport expects passenger count to grow from 45 million to 77 million. Current terminal capacity is thought to be around 60 million, but part of the space isn’t efficient.

Cargo is expected to grown even faster, with freight forecast to double by 2040.

To accommodate the growth, all three terminals will see additional capacity added. The new plan replaces a 2016 Terminal Optimization Program, and will accommodate 70 to 80 million passengers..

In the Central Terminal, a new centralized check-in hall and security checkpoint will be built, along with a new shopping and restaurant area. Concourse F will be modernized and rebuilt, while connected behind security to Concourse E and the North Terminal. The old wooden Concourse G will be demolished, resulting in net capacity gains by allowing for faster turns .

The South Terminal will see three new widebody gates added, along with more retail space.

The American Airlines-dominated North Terminal will also be getting more gates, replacing the D60 regional jet facility.

American has been pushing the airport to add capacity. The airline wants to reconfigure gates in the terminal to allow for more capacity and new planes, and a gate optimization is in the works to accommodate up to four more widebody jets in the North Terminal.

Other expansion will include two new hotels (to be developed by private developers) and parking garage.

What about costs?

Sola said the airport has done a good job keeping costs down, with Cost Per Enplaned Passenger now just $19, compared to over $30 that had been projected in the 1990s when the airport decided to build the North Terminal.

Part of that is because traffic has grown faster than anticipated, leading to higher revenue.

Around $1.5 billion is already available in the next five years to build without increasing CPE. The project is designed to be phased based on need.


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Seriously? They need to go back to the drawing board.. They spent more time putting the crowd control post stands that designing the spaces…


oh quit your belly aching


80 million is close to current traffic at LAX


Miami Rocks !


How about stop being cheap and make a new central terminal?

Also, I like their old plans. It included an expansion for D and a new central terminal.


I guess this new proposal replaces the old one in wish they were to demolish Concourse G and ticketing hall 2025, the remaining Central Terminal ticketing hall and hotel 2029, high Concourse E 2034, Concourse E 2035, and Concourse F 2036. I guess all they are doing now is remodeling the old terminals and concourses.


In the words of the great Rupaul: “Meh”.


Bring in calatrava


Carlos Jimenez’s nephew’s girlfriend is an architect recently graduated from the East Hialeah International University.


It looks great, the Central Terminal specifically needs to be rebuilt. Hopefully it will look like the renderings and not value engineered into crap.


I honestly think this looks amazing, just expand the south terminal area and redo the central terminal completely.


Any plan that doesn’t involve the demolition of satellite terminal E is a waste of time and money.


They need to increase this by at least 50%


Looks like a 3rd world country bus station…jeje


The whole airport does, including the new parts. So what difference does it make tearing down the Central Terminal and rebuilding from scratch? The money could better be spent elsewhere, like… IDK, Metrorail and Tri-Rail expansions?


I think it looks good, not great. For the money they could get a world class “starchitect”. Calatrava is mentioned below, which is an excellent idea. Right now it’s a very jumbled mix of different styles and time periods. It needs overall cohesiveness. I’m also a little unsure about no real net gain in gates. If traffic is supposed to leap from 45M to 70M, shouldn’t there be quite a few new gates?


Looks like a great way to waste billions, will never be done right in miami


the traffic jams will back up to coral gables to drop off and pick up that many people – its already a nightmare… are they going to expand the outdated outdoor areas and add more mass transit?


For $5Billion just build another airport. Plenty of land in the everglades 😀


Lol what are you smoking?


I want some of that too!!!


They tried that already.


Oh how cute, you think it would take only $5 bil to build a new airport from scratch these days in the USA.

Maybe in 1995, which coincidentally, was the last time we build a new airport from the ground up (Denver International) and it cost about $5 billion. Today it would be at least double that with inflation and cost run ups alone!