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Miami Airport breaks ground on Central Base renovation project

05 Nov 2019 12:30 AM | Anonymous

Original news was published on 04 November 2019

Miami International Airport (MIA) last week broke ground on one of its first modernization projects, part of its new capital improvement programme.

The Central Base modification and expansion project includes upgrade of 34.1 acres of asphalt and concrete pavement originally built in the 1960s.

This space is now used for aircraft parking and movement near MIA’s Concourse D.

The rehabilitated space, slated for completion by December 2022, will better support larger aircraft, maximise aircraft parking locations and improve the area's stormwater and lighting.

“This is the first of many groundbreakings we will be hosting in the coming months and years, as we move forward with our new capital improvement programme,” said Lester Sola, director and CEO, MIA.

“MIA grew by one million passengers in 2018 and is on track for another record-breaking year in 2019, which makes modernisation projects like the Central Base renovation all the more essential to accommodating our growth and maximizing our efficiency.”

The total construction cost is $76.2 million. Majority of the project (75%) is being funded by the Federal Aviation Administration and 50 percent of the remaining cost is being funded by the Florida Department of Transportation.

This project is part of MIA’s $5 billion, airport-wide capital improvement programme.

According to the major US airport, with the completion of this programme, MIA will be able to serve a projected 77 million travelers and more than four million tonnes of freight projected by the year 2040.


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