Airport modernisation programme
Miami International Airport (MIA) capital improvement programme (CIP) includes multiple modernisation projects to meet the anticipated rise in passenger traffic.
MIA, one of the busiest airports in the US, witnessed the movement of approximately 45 million passengers and more than 2.3 million tonnes of cargo in 2018.
Miami-Dade County received approval for the CIP in June 2019 and plans to implement the scheme over 15 years. The total estimated cost of the programme is approximately $5bn.
The improvement programme will cater to future passenger and cargo projections, which are expected to be 77 million travellers and four million tonnes of cargo by 2040. It will also enable the airport to maintain its Global Gateway status.
Objectives of Miami airport capital improvement programme
The main objective of the programme is to offer greater value, convenience, and efficiency to travellers, airline partners, and cargo operators. The programme will also provide new and improved airport facilities.
The CIP will address the future capacity and operational needs of the airport with sub-programmes, including the redevelopment of Central Terminal concourses E and F, and expansion of the south terminal.
It will also cover the renovation of concourse D gates to accommodate more wide and narrow-body aircraft, two new hotels, and expansion of aircraft parking positions and warehouses for cargo operations.
Miami International Airport CIP details
The programme will principally modernise the airport’s existing assets and construct new facilities without interrupting its operations.
The central terminal area will have an elevated roof for allowing more natural light into the ticketing hall, increased circulation space, and queuing depth. The security checkpoint at concourses E and F will be expanded and new concession areas will be added.
Modernisation of concourse F will provide larger hold rooms and post-security concessions, as well as direct access to the gates and the terminal building through the departure level. Concourse G at the central terminal will be demolished and the central base apron will be expanded.
The south terminal will have the capacity to accommodate three new jumbo aircraft gates and provide parking space for three more wide-body jets. The passenger experience will also be enhanced with the addition of post-security concession space.
The gate optimisation project at the north terminal will upgrade the gates between D14 and D37 to accommodate wide-body jumbo aircraft such as Boeing B777-300.
The Gate D60 redevelopment will accommodate large regional jets and narrow-body aircraft. It will also feature spacious hold rooms and new concession offerings.
Addition of new hotels at Miami International Airport
The MIA improvement programme will involve the construction of two new hotels to complement the existing hotel at the airport. The first new hotel will be situated towards the east of the Dolphin garage and across from the airport’s north terminal.
The second hotel will serve as a business and conference centre. It will be built on the existing short-term parking space and feature exhibition space, premium meeting rooms, and an auditorium.
New hotels will be accessible through MIA Mover and other means of ground transportation.
Other MIA expansion details
The cargo area in the western part of the airport will feature new facilities to respond quickly to pharma and e-commerce operations. It will also offer new aircraft parking positions and cargo warehouses.
The programme will also include the expansion of taxiway R, fuel tender, and ramps. A fumigation facility will also be built as part of the project.
The CIP will also enhance roadways and bridges, bus maintenance facility, ground support equipment (GSE) at the north and south terminals, and Park 6 garage. The airport will also carry out other projects to improve and develop general aviation.