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MIA's Director Answers Criticism From County  
User currently offlineDB777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 885 posts, RR: 41
Posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1571 times:
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MIA Director Angela Gittens' response in PDF format:

Miami Herald article on the issue:

County manager's memo to Ms. Gittens in PDF format:

AA's letter to Ms. Gittens regarding cost overruns in PDF format - also has a diagram of gate opening sequence at the end:

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User currently offlineLatinAviation From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1279 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (10 years 12 months 12 hours ago) and read 1547 times:

Good stuff, Don. I enjoyed reading AA's letter to Angela, I am sure she loved receiving that.

User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 12 months 8 hours ago) and read 1531 times:

Yes, the letter from the County Manager to her was very interesting.

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User currently offlineDB777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 885 posts, RR: 41
Reply 3, posted (10 years 12 months 7 hours ago) and read 1499 times:
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It's amazing how many folks read the dirt on MIA but very few want to read the "other side" of the story.


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User currently offlineEALSYS1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 229 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (10 years 12 months 2 hours ago) and read 1454 times:


As always, great post. I'm in a completely different industry but as a taxpayer and aviation enthusiast this was very interesting reading!!


User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (10 years 12 months 1 hour ago) and read 1445 times:


Thanks for posting the links.

As an airport management employee myself, I too am concerned that the public only believes (or at least only sees) one side of the issue. Too often, people forget that running an airport is a business in and of itself, and that our primary responsibility is to provide a safe operating environment for our airline tenants, and to provide a safe travel environment for our passengers.

Airport operators, local politicians, the airlines, government/TSA, etc. need to work together to ensure that this responsibility becomes and remains a reality.

Tom at MSY

"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 7062 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1390 times:

Very enlightening...thanks for the links. It is good to read from all sides. Take a look at the cost estimates at the end of the AA document...it has a breakdown of all cost overruns....YIKES!!

Just a few observations:

1) The County Mgr and Av. Director don't seem to have a sound working relationship. Enough blame to go around, but if two adults can't have a professional relationship, that's pretty damn sad. Instead of all her trips, maybe Ms. Gittens should have set a few personal appts with the Cty Mgr.

2) Granted, reading a government letter is a panic to begin with, but you have to remember the first rule is to protect the bureaucracy: blame the TSA (another bureaucracy), blame AA, blame the traffic shortfall, etc.

3) With that said, from the general appearance of it, it doesn't seem as if AA's corporate real estate or project managers have a clue. How a company that has precious little capital resources to begin with in this economic environment can't have better cost controls is beyond me. Contrast that with IAH Terminal E, which is contracted, managed, supervised by Continental directly and which came in on schedule and UNDER budget, and it's clear there are management issues. The rest of the BS is just that.

4) When you cut thru the BS, this whole thing is a monumental Charlie Foxtrot management failure by ALL Parties.

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