With Record Passenger Numbers, Miami International Airport Working On Renovation & Expansion

Miami International Airport is working on renovation and expansion as it experiences some of its fastest growth ever, with record passenger numbers this year.

In January, Miami-Dade commissioners approved a $22m, 5-year contract, split between four architectural/engineering firms: Carty Architecture,  Leo A. Daly Company, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., and EXP US Services, Inc.

Those firms will be working on the following, according to a description (some of the work is already complete):

Renovate Concourse E to include interior, exterior and code requirement upgrades;
upgrade passenger loading bridges; replace automated people mover; rehabilitate
apron pavement in Concourse E’s Satellite and Lower concourse; implement automated
processing for inbound international passengers working in conjunction with the
Department of Homeland Security utilizing the latest technology and modified
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approved processes; build new chiller plant
to meet preconditioned air demands; and upgrade life safety features.
Rehabilitate taxiway T and S; realign taxiway R; construct Airport Operations Control
Room (AOC); construct new employee parking garage; replace Concourse E through H
ticket counters; and repair MIA parking garage structure. 

Other projects at MIA will take longer.

The expansion of the American Airline terminal with new gates to replace the underground D60 regional gates is planned to begin the architectural/engineering procurement phase this year, but won’t begin construction until 2028, with completion in 2032.

A connection between concourses E and F is also on a similar schedule: procurement phase this year, construction in 2028, completion in 2031.

Construction of new gates in the South Terminal is a bit ahead of those projects, with phase 1 planned to begin construction in 2026.

The D60 gate expansion project at the North Terminal, used mostly by American Airlines:

New widebody gates, concession, and apron area planned for the South Terminal:

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Anonymous
27 days ago

most asian countries could have a mega modern airport built in 2-3 years….. what the hell happened to the usa…..every project takes ridiculous periods of time and incessant review after review

Anonymous
27 days ago

All that work should’ve began during the time the Airport looked like a Ghost Town due to the Covid lock down.

Melo is sigma and chad
27 days ago

do we have asian country cheap NPC labor ?

Anonymous
27 days ago

The Empire State Building was built in 1 year and 45 days. This was in 1930 and without our modern technology.

Anonymous
27 days ago

The “Empire State Building” was built during the Great Depression in this country, and then, you could get man power labor for a dime a dozen.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Without all the labor protections

Anonymous
14 days ago

Was also without worker protections

Truth Matters
27 days ago

Istanbul built one of the largest airports in the world with amazing infrastructure in that amount of time and it’s becoming the global airport of choice.

Anonymous
27 days ago

And Turkish is the best airline in Europe.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Europe? Turkey is in Southwest Asia.

Anonymous
26 days ago

Istanbul is in europe

Anonymous
26 days ago

It’s in that grey area, considering Anatolia was a bulwark of Western Civilization years before the Seljuks/Ottomans and hasn’t fallen apart like North Africa has… yet.

Hsss
26 days ago

Istanbul shares both Asia and Europe

Ari
21 days ago

Both continent. Constatinople or Istambul is located between both continents.

Anonymous
27 days ago

They do not have the red tape we have in the U.S.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Ding, ding, ding! There’s the answer right there. Bureaucratically induced torpor. It’s everywhere, but thankfully not nearly as bad here in FL as in the northern states. Look at the cost and lead times in New York for example.

Anonymous
26 days ago

Istanbul airport is one of my favs. I love the Turkish lounge especially.

Anonymous
26 days ago

You know how long it took to get Narita and Kansai International Airports off the ground? Although… Japan is the only exception to “most Asian countries” as the only legitimately developed country and democracy in Asia, considering South Korea and Taiwan were dictatorships forty years ago, the latter likely to be invaded. You’re comparing apples to oranges.

Tropics
27 days ago

If you know it’s needed it shouldn’t take another 5 years to start construction all I’m sayin

Fred Flintstone
27 days ago

The 22 million is for engineering and consulting fees.
A pot of gold to milk from with no physical tangible improvements most likely never happening.

Anonymous
27 days ago

It’s the red tape that permeates in the U.S. MIA will never be finished. It will forever be under construction.

Anonymous
26 days ago

A bunch of LAZY idiots if you ask me..

Jeff Stryker
27 days ago

Great to hear but those timelines are way too off. We need this expansion/renovation now, not in 2031. At least for the AA terminal.

iFlyMIA
27 days ago

They need to hurry up and quit wasting time before they actually are screwed out of gates. Need to make this airport a first world, first class airport.

Truth Matters
27 days ago

The check in area from American Airlines terminal D to Terminal G looks like a bus depot check in area. It will take billions of dollars to transform it

Anonymous
25 days ago

Terminal G?

Truth Matters
27 days ago

Imagine what the competition can capture in a 10 year wait. Meantime, Orlando, Houston, Dallas, Charlotte and Atlanta are looking down and saying. We can take all those connections here in a more sophisticated way.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Please, you don’t have to go that far, not with Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach Airports right down the road.

Truth Matters
26 days ago

PBI doesn’t have the connectivity with Europe or Latin America. It can’t compete with MIA. FLL up to a certain point can compete with MIA but our biggest competitors are Houston, Atlanta, Dallas and Orlando

South Florida living
26 days ago

Orlandos 12 million passenger expansion opens up in a couple of months. It also has plans for 60 million additional passengers in the coming decades. It will further it’s lead as Floridas dominant airport as it’s currently the 7th busiest on the planet. Of course Orlando is huge and placed strategically unlike MIA

Tiggie
26 days ago

What should have happened is the city early on should have built an Atlanta or Istanbul style megaairport between Miami and Fort Lauderdale as it would have more room for expansion. Miami airport is so badly designed and has no room for expansion due to it being so close to the city.

Anonymous
26 days ago

We can have the best airport, but when connectivity to the rest of the region is via a car rental center, and little spur connecting to Metrorail, Tri-Rail with little to no access to destinations at each stop, save for West Palm Beach, and a blunder of an Amtrak stop, it’s all show. Fixing the Amtrak station and extending Metrorail down to Douglas Road would be a start.

The Lefty Anarchist
25 days ago

Ok! Will let them know at the meeting.

Shawn Kouri
27 days ago

Given the record numbers of passengers, it’s going to have to be earlier than that. These projects will have to be pushed up by a couple of years, and I’m talking two years to five years

William
27 days ago

Yes. Airport is overwhelmed right now and international is still well below 2019. By next year it could be chaos every day.

Truth Matters
26 days ago

It is chaos already everyday now

Anon
26 days ago

mia worst airport ever. especially after seeing the new airports in India. mia needs to raze the terminals EFG and build over.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Nah.. I was in Newark’s airport for about an hour and a half a year ago. It’s far, far worst than Miami’s.

miami
26 days ago

The airport is beyond embarrassing.

Anonymous
25 days ago

I love MIA.
I live in Brickell and take the metro rail to airport for about $3.
I fly AA which is a breeze,
Arrive in JFK then take SkyTrain to Jamaica the LIRR,…. could be easier.
Love Miami to JFK ease.
and Chicago is similar. NOW: LAX is THE WORST

Anonymous
25 days ago

Problem with MIA is that there ARE SO MANY PEOPLE! when you arrive in LAX or ORD is like empty but MIA is filled with people ! WTF

Anonymous
23 days ago

MIA is embarassingly old and outdated. If you travelled to Europe, you’d be amazed at how clean and modern their airports are and how quickly people can move from one side to the next without any traffic jams or hoards of people blocking passage.

Like if you fly into MIA from an international location, it feels like you are being transported back to the 1980s. Concourse E is disgusting.

Anyone who knows MIA
26 days ago

Wait… MIA is working on renovation and expansion!!? No way! E is going to be updated at some point!?? There are also no “underground gates” at D60. Get your stuff together TNM. It would take you guys an extra 30 minutes of research to get this story right.. Damn.

Gordon Lee
25 days ago

All of you claiming MIA is such an awful airport clearly haven’t been to too many other airports in the USA as a passenger. Yes, E, F and G at MIA definitely need major work, but the North and South Terminals are quite good.

Se me paro
27 days ago

Believe it when I see it

John
22 days ago

Hall ice cold…

Anonymous
22 days ago

An overcrowded airport with ongoing construction… no thanks

Brooklyn
20 days ago

Was just in paris airport. Is a complete shit show given the size but the terminals are fantastic and modern. A shame that Miami isn’t up to par.

Anonymous
23 days ago

Did anybody notice how pathetic and embarrassing the front of the airport looks from terminal E through H , you can even see rust on the exterior panels. That’s the first thing you should fix. !!!!!!

Inconvenienced Traveler
25 days ago

What we need is more than 1 Starbucks in the American terminal.

Dade
25 days ago

Just build another airport in Homestead. Washington DC did this with Dulles international.