Miami Airport Begins $779M Project
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MIAMI (AP) _ Miami International Airport has begun a $779.2 million project to build a new terminal to accommodate more domestic and international travelers.
The South Terminal, scheduled for completion by 2005, will add enough space to give aircraft more maneuvering room.
The project, part of the airport’s $5.4 billion capital improvement program, will go on despite a downturn in airline travel since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The terminal is part of a settlement agreement reached by the airport in January 2000, following a lawsuit by six airlines that questioned the airport’s right to build the North Terminal for American Airlines.
The South Terminal will have a new 15-gate concourse to be used by the Star Alliance members operating in Miami _ United Airlines, Lufthansa, Varig Brazilian Airlines, Mexicana Airlines and Air Canada. That gives them their first dedicated concourse in North America.
The carriers currently operate 191 weekly flights at Miami International.
The South Terminal project will also include a rebuilt concourse with larger taxiways and containing eight international gates and four domestic gates. It will be used by Delta Air Lines and its SkyTeam Alliance partners, including Air France, Aeromexico, Comair and Alitalia.
American’s $1.3 billion North Terminal is scheduled for completion in mid-2006. It will include 47 combined domestic and international gates.