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MIA Opens 1st Phase Of North Terminal

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.