More Gates at Miami

Miami International Airport’s North Terminal moved one step closer to final completion on July 20, with the completed renovation and re-opening of 16 gates (D-1 to D-19) in the former Concourse A, which has been renamed and is now an extension of Concourse D. The eight gates closest to the checkpoint are fully operational and the others will start serving flights in September when the North Terminal SkyTrain, a rooftop automated people mover system, begins service. This will transport passengers from one end of the mile-long concourse to the other for connecting flights within a few minutes.
The Airport has also recently opened a new Rental Car Center (RCC), which consolidates the operations of 16 rental car companies currently serving the area surrounding MIA. A new shuttle bus service transports travellers from the airport’s arrivals level to the RCC, which is projected to serve approximately 28,000 customers daily and has the capability to wash and re-fuel 300 vehicles per hour. The new bus service cuts the combined rental car bus fleet from 120 to 60, decreasing total traffic at the airport’s arrivals level by 15%. It will be replaced completely in the autumn of 2011 with the opening of the MIA Mover, an elevated, 1.25-mile automated people mover system which can transport 3,000 passengers per hour.