MIA has a really rich history. However, I'm having a difficult time finding any in depth history about this commercial aviation gateway to Latin America. Can anyone tell me airline and concourse locations at MIA during the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's. All I know, is that Eastern occupied the north side of the airport (concourse D), Pan Am and National were in the middle (concourse E/F) and, Delta had their gates on the south side of MIA (concourse H). I've visited the official website for MIA and for the past couple of years they promise a movie about their history. I'm still waiting!
As far as airlines and their locations, (at least through the mid-1980's)...
Eastern occupied Concourses B, C and part of D.
Braniff used the opposite side of D from Eastern, with the county operating gates D-4 and D-12.
Concourse E was (and still partially is) the international concourse and was used by Pan Am and foreign carriers.
Concourse F was used primarily by National Airlines, but also was used by NorthEast, Capitol and some smaller carriers (like Air Florida). Pan Am took over the National gates in 1980 when they bought out NAL.
Concourse G was used by NW, Southern and UAL. Later Tower Air usually operated out of G Concourse.
Concourse H was almost exclusively used by Delta with one gate, H-2, being a "commuter airline" gate used by such notables as Air Sunshine (later bought by Air Florida), Shawnee, Air Miami and others. Piedmont (and later, US Air) also used some of the "lower" H gates.
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EALBuff From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 5259 times:
MxCtrlr - Enjoyed the history and the links, Thanks. I also grew in MIA, in a family of Eastern employees none-the-less. In the late 60's, early 70's, my father introduced me to spotting when we would sit out at the end of 9L. I haven't been back there in years, I wonder if they still let people spot out there?
I also became a frequent flier of Eastern during my teen years in late 70's and early 80's, visiting relatives up north on holidays, many fond memories.
Anyway, Zippyjet, if you search the data base under Eastern, National, and Pan Am, you find some good photos taken at MIA back in the day. Here are some of my favorites:
In the early 1960s, Concourse 1 (now Concourse H) was added for Delta and United on the south side of the building.
Through the 1960s upper-level gate holdrooms and jetways were added to all the gates at MIA - Concourse 1 opened with jetways for Delta, but the others only had ground-level gates when they were completed. Eastern's Concourse 6 (now C) was the last to be upgraded in 1967.
In the mid-1970s the concourses were assigned letter designations. The International Satellite (now part of Concourse E) was opened in 1974, connected by a Westinghouse shuttle system to the main terminal. The following year, Eastern opened a new Concourse B, although it only had a few gates. The big new Customs Hall was completed on the rear of the terminal (under the hotel and administration building) in the mid-1970s as well.
In the 1980s MIA launched a huge upgrade program to rebuild its aging terminal. Concourse B was expanded and upgraded to include a customs hall for Eastern (Pan Am did the same with its Concourse F gates that it inherited from National). Concourse E was demolished and rebuilt in stages through the 1980s. Eastern rebuilt Concourse D between 1985 and 1988 as well.
The construction continued in the 1990s... the first phase of Concourse A opened in 1995, followed by the second phase in 1999. Concourse H was rebuilt between 1996 and 1998.
Now American is building its huge new World Gateway terminal on top of Concourses B, C and D (B and C will be demolished, D will be rebuilt yet again), and United and its Star Alliance partners are building the new Concourse J on the east side of the terminal. Concourse G - the only concourse that is still in its 1960s configuration - is slated to be rebuilt at some point in the next decade as well.
ScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 5192 times:
Wow! Those are very interested history with MIA airport from many years ago, don't you? Also, when the new Star Alliances will opened in 2006, right? I still waiting for completed of new American World Gateway into expansion of concourse D and will be takedown with the concourse B, C will demolished. Will ever AA added more flight out of MIA to the Europe flight or Tokyo, Japan? Well, talk ya later!
Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1936 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 5099 times:
Just to add a little, Air Florida used gates all over the airport. They would pull into whatever gates were vacant at the time. Sometimes, Eastern would have a vacant gate, but would not let them use it.
Hangar history is also very interesting in Miami. The big circular hangar was originally National's then Pan Am. I am not sure who is in it now although I suspect it is some sort of contractual maintenance operation. The old hangar across from what was once the Viscount Hotel (36th Street) belonged to Pan Am, then Air Florida, then Midway Express, then Midway (the original) and finally Carnival. I am not sure who is in it now, but I know it is still standing.