Miami MIA Airport Overview
MIA Airport is only nine miles northwest of Miami, accessible via Interstate Highway 95 South (exit: State Road 112).
With four long runways and an estimated 40 million passengers a year, Miami Airport is a major hub for American Airlines, and is host to a multitude of domestic and international airlines and charters offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe. What's more, the airport serves close to half a million passengers each week with destinations on the North and South American Continent and Europe.
The on-airport Miami International Airport Hotel has conference rooms on Concourse E, level 7 (305-871-4100).
Miami Airport has three connected terminals - the North, Central & South terminals.
Present & Future Airport Developments:
1. It is planned to renovate the end of Concourse H to handle international flights of the large A380 aircraft. Added elevators & stairs will take passengers to the third level of the concourse, construct access points to present sterile areas, and Federal Inspection Service facilities at South Concourse for Customs /Immigration checkpoints. Gates H15/16 are being modified. Holding rooms will be extended, concession areas relocated & expanded and the current level 3 corridor convereted into a sterile corridor. No starting or completion dates are yet available.
2. The Sustainability Project: Up to Fall 2017, Miami Airport will install $32M worh of air conditiong & ventilation uptrades and make other environmentally beneficial changes to drasticallly reduce carbon emissions.
3. Transportation projects:
- By early 2016 the $2B new Miami Central Station (MCS) project is to include Tri-Rail & Amtrak stations (along with already existing Metrorail & Metrobus stations, an inter-city bus depot, rental car center & bicycle lockers & showers). Thereafter, the Miami Intermodal Center transport hub (MIC) - located next to the Rental Car Center, will be able to access all means of ground transportion, including Amtrak.
- By 2016, the 'MiniMetro' - able to haul 150 passengers, & run every 3 mins at 40km/hr - is to replace the current (self-driven) train by a cable-hauled train - connecting TE to its satellite terminal (375meters) is scheduled for partial operation.
- By 2018, a new baggage screening system is to double current speed & is intended to replace the current manual system of Central Terminal, while the current automated system of South Terminal will be renovated - creating one interconnected system with 12 new X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) machines. The project also includes new post-security corridors linking Concourses G & H, while the North Terminal's gates are to be retrofitted for the new jets (later, this may also be done in the Central Terminal).