Central Terminal Replacement Will Occur In Phases, Take Decades To Complete

Miami International Airport officials are planning to use a phased approach to replace the Central Terminal, a process that could take at least two decades to complete.

Miami-Dade County Aviation Deputy Director Ken Pyatt tells exMiami that financing won’t be in place to begin the project until 2020. The total cost of the project will exceed $3 billion.

The phased plan calls for Concourse G to be replaced first, with demolition begging in 2020 and construction to be complete in 2023. Demolition of Concourse F will begin after the completion of the first phase of construction, followed by the demolition of Concourse E, which won’t begin until at least 2032.

Ricondo & Associates, a consulting firm which is advising the airport on the project, has forecast that the terminal will have enough gate capacity to accommodate demand throughout the construction process. The project pace could also be accelerated, depending on market conditions.

A separate project to connect the baggage system of the current Central Terminal building to the South Terminal will soon begin construction, funded by a $101 million TSA grant. While a portion of the new system will later be demolished, the bulk of it will fund an airside security screening building that will eventually be incorporated into the new Central Terminal project.

In March, Commissioner Dennis Moss had requested that airport staff consider using a private contractor and accelerating the process, but airport officials believe that their plan is better and more cost effective.


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