The first phase of Miami International’s (MIA) North Terminal opened to the public on Nov. 5, complete with new areas for curbside, ticket agent and self-service check-in, and domestic baggage claim.
American Airlines relocated its operations last week to the area, which has 58 ticket agent positions, 66 self-service check-in devices, 14 curbside check-in positions, and two new security checkpoints that lead to the North Terminal’s newly completed gates.
“This is an exciting time for MIA, American Airlines and Miami-Dade County,” says Miami-Dade Aviation Director José© Abreu. “When completed, North Terminal will be a 50-gate super hub with the capacity to serve more than 30 million passengers per year and will rank as one of the most efficient hubs in the world.”
A variety of concessions are also available pre- and post- security in the 290,000 sq. ft. area, including Au Bon Pain; Bijoux Terner; Boca Bons; Books and Books; The Britto Store; Coffee Beanery; Corona Beach House; Dunkin’ Donuts; two Duty Free Americas locations; Hudson News; Indulgence; InMotion Entertainment; La Carreta; Pizza Hut Express; NewsLink; Starbucks; Sunglass Hut; Sushi Maki; Taxco Sterling; and Tradewinds Bar.
The second phase of the terminal is scheduled to open in August. It will include 25 new or renovated passenger gates, including a re-opened Concourse A; American Eagle’s new two-gate Regional Commuter Facility; a mile-long, four-station automated people mover system capable of transporting 9,000 passengers per hour; and a baggage-screening and delivery system with the capacity to screen and transport 8,400 bags per hour.
When completed in March 2011, the entire North Terminal will have a 72-lane federal inspection area that can serve 3,600 international passengers per hour, and an eight-lane, re-check inspection area for passengers connecting between international flights.