Miami Airport breaks ground on Central Base renovation project
Nov 4, 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.
Our Capital Improvement Program????? touches all parts of the airport??. See how renovations to our Central Base aircraft parking area will help usher in the #MIANextChapter. pic.twitter.com/OaBM0abDSC— Miami Int'l Airport (@iflymia) October 31, 2019
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.
From L to R: MIA Director and CEO Lester Sola; Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo, Jr., MIA Assistant Director of Facilities Development Pedro Hernandez, and MIA Assistant Director for Operations Dan Agostino break ground on the Central Base project.