Miami airports set for modernisation works

A five-year contract has been awarded to provide support to aviation hubs in the region 

Consultancy firm, Hill International has signed an agreement to provide project management services for the Miami-Dade County Aviation Department’s capital improvement programme (CIP). 

The initiative is set to support Miami International Airport (MIA) alongside the county’s general aviation hubs with modernisation projects over the next 15 years.  

Miami International Airport
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These developments are expected to accommodate growth at the facilities, with passenger traffic figures predicted to reach 60 million annually.  

Freight traffic is also set to dramatically increase from MIA to more than four million tonnes by 2040, as it is the first IATA-designated pharma airport in the US. 

“MDAD’s CIP positions the community’s airports to continue providing an efficient, safe, and pleasant passenger experience for many years to come,” said Eladio Castrodad, Hill International’s first vice president and southeast regional manager. “It’s a long-term vision, one that fits with the dynamic nature of the region and meets the demands on MDAD’s facilities. Our team firms reflect the diversity of the Miami metro area itself and is tailored to MDAD’s programme management needs with both local and international aviation expertise. This emphasis on inclusion and our experience-based approach will help MDAD execute their vision successfully.” 

Raouf Ghali, Hill International’s chief executive officer, added: “The pandemic certainly slowed growth in the region, but as air travel returns there is building pressure to resume and accelerate that growth. MDAD’s program will take advantage of the pressure to realise these new and improved facilities and put Miami-Dade’s airports ahead of the curve, as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.” 

According to the Miami-Dade County Mayor, MIA and other hubs generate around $31bn (£22bn) in business revenue and serves 96% of the region’s visitors annually.  

The CIP at the airport is made up of five components, including the redevelopment of central terminal, expansion of the south terminal, renovations to the north facility gates, two new hotels and expanded aircraft parking.