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User currently offlineNasmal From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 225 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1469 times:

What do you people think about Miami international airport.
is it good or bad

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User currently offlineCopper1 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1402 times:

Overall I think Miami is a pretty good airport. I found it to be well signed and clean. I have only been there once and had no problems except " No hablo espanol " ( sorry if spelled wrong )

For spotting and photograpy it is great.


User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1954 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1394 times:

It is my favorite US airport. It is interesting to see all the old prop planes from South America sitting around as well as the many DC-8's and 707's. I also like to look at the old Eastern, Pan Am, National, and Air Florida facilities and reminisce about the good old days and the colorful airlines that once were. Also, if anyone is interested, there is a restaurant nearby that focuses on airline memorabilia. You can sit at a booth on Eastern Airlines first class seats, eat "The Wings of Man" buffalo wings and stare at the models flying above your head.

User currently offlineRyeFly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1382 times:

I like Miami, although I am a bit partial because I used to live there so when I go its usually vacation related. I think they have made some impressive changes to it recently, and it looks so much better. Another great thing about Miami is the vast ammount of unusual airlines that serve there. Its never boring watching planes in Miami, plus you can get a good tan while you do it.

Cody, I am not sure if were talking about the same restaurant or not, but I was going to say if you are near the airport try the "94th airosquadren." If you love airplanes, and who here doesn't, this place will be your favorite. Great food and very close to the runway. The tables vibrate when a 747 takes off its that close! The only problem is if the people with you could care less about airplanes they get mad at you for not paying one bit attention to what they are saying.

P.S. You can also listen to the tower if you really want to make your friends mad. They have headphones near every table.

User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2939 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1369 times:

It is probably one of the better US airports I have flown through - though that's not really saying much.

I flew in on AF about a month ago and arrivals was fine. I liked the large Immigration Hall which made queueing more pleasant than at BOS or JFK 4.

Departure check-in at AF was simple an straight forward - but I was shocked on pssing through security...the ONLY bar was closed and there was only ONE newsagent. I can never believe it but there really is such a lack of shops at virtually ALL US airports.

European and Asian travellers regard flying as much as a shopping experience. Many of us even tend to organize our shopping around our flying....so you can buy a block of cheese at CDG, a new Hi-Fi at Kuala Lumpur, then on the way back, pick up a stick of salami at Schiphol and buy 4 new shirts at LHR all in the same week and all at DUTY-free prices....US airports really ought to sort this out!

User currently offlineDoug From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 861 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1361 times:

Being a life long resident I will always be a little partial to MIA.Once the 58 gate American Airlines terminal is completed and the new south terminal (concourse J)Miami will have a much better atmosphere.From the local reports the American terminal will be a trend setter in terms of technology and effiency.The new 4th runway will help and the current U.S tallest control tower are all steps in the right direction.Where else can you see over 100 airlines at 1 airport

User currently offlineNewWorldFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1356 times:

Having flown in and out of MIA many times, I have seen an improvement in recent years. In fact, just a few ago it was said that many passengers were avoiding Miami International and choosing Ft Lauderdale-Hollywood when they could. I guess that is still the case today to some extent, but MIA is improving.

What I like the most is that is a little caotic, maybe too much sometimes, but in fact that is an attraction to me, it gives the airport an exiting atmosphere like the earlier days of flying. I don't like too much the steril & so orderly airports were everything seems controlled like you may see elsewhere.

Also, with all the new remodeling and terminals, also the road construction to & from the airport, & the new tower & runway, it's only getting better. If they clean up the older terminals just a little, then it will be one of the great airports of the world.

Like people said, it's great to spot as well, with the perimeter road just alonside the runway (& places to park almost to the fence), & many exotic airlines & aircraft there. Sometimes it gets boring with so many American planes comming in, but it doesn't take away. And the nice restaurant nearby, like mentioned, where you can listen to the tower.

Finally, it's great to peoplewatch (girls in my case). Just sitting there on a late afternoon, early evening is awsome. First, all the European passengers with the flights to-from Europe, then the South American flights, to Brazil, Argentina, etc. Oh, the girls are all nockouts...

MIA. Gotta love it.

User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1954 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1343 times:

No that is not the restaurant I mean. The one I am talking about isn't exactly at the airport. It must be run by EAL people because the menu items reflect Eastern phrases, like bufflo wings called "The Wings of Man" and I think something else like "the Interamericano." I will try to remember the name of it.

User currently offlineBacardi182 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1091 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1331 times:

i love the way it smells   reminds me off when i used to live there.

NewWorldFlyer- sitting next to the chicas on a 9 hour flight is good too. (dumb american is the easieast way to get chicks down here  

User currently offlineRyeFly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1325 times:

Now that I think about it, I do remember someone saying there was another resturant in the area thats very cool if you like airplanes. I think its on the North-East side of the airport, although I have not been there. I will check it out when I go to Miami later in the year. Thanks

User currently offlineBacardi182 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1091 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1325 times:

i always do what the pilots do. Go to La Carreta and order some black beans and rice (para llevar). And when you are on the plane eating the food. everybody around will be drooling and you will know that the guys up front are getting the same nutrients that you are. God, i want to be a pilot soooo bad  

User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4366 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1324 times:

To get there from where I live, I have to drive two of the worst highways in the world, the Palmetto (all messed up & always traffic jammed), & the 836, which is always bumper to bumper around the airport!! A 15 minute ride takes 30! Plus, it's not in the safest part of town, specially at night.

Hopefully they will have finished all the improvements BEFORE I move out of Miami (Ft Lauderdale to be exact).

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User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3295 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1305 times:

MIA. Quite simply a jumbled maze of an airport. I fly through there on my way to and from the US and every time that I go there it seems to be different. The long hallways, much walking and sometimes confusing directions make it a not-so-simple airport to use. The shopping area is indeed rather small and is away from the gates. I have heard that the restaurants are great but I have not had the time to sample them.

Nonetheless, it is great for watching planes - there is just so much variety! From the classics (I saw a Connie fly from there in 1989, my only sighting of one) to the most modern jets adorned in colours of the world, MIA is the place to be. Too bad that I have never visited the city though; if I did I could probably arrange to watch planes and get in some shots too.


Hop to it, fly for life!
User currently offlineUPS Pilot From United States of America, joined May 1999, 871 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

I used to live in Miami (Kendall) Your right about the location. Especially trying to get to the cargo terminal.

La Carreta has great food. The first time I tried Cuban Coffee, I wondered why I got these little shot glasses. I threw them away and drank my coffee from the cup. I was wired the entire night.   I also use to go to this fruitstand outside Homestead called Robert is Here. They had the best Key Lime Milkshakes in the world! Real fruit was used.

The airport kind of reminded of the glory days of flying for some reason. It didn't give me the impression of a bus terminal. The only times though I would go thru the main terminal was to jumpseat or going on vacation or returning home so it was always good going thru the passenger terminal.

There are a ton of different liveries at MIA so if you are a spotter then you will be in heaven. I loved coming in on 9 r and see all the people taking pictures. Also watching the old 707 and DC-8's taking off on 9r and struggling over bayside to gain altitude. Sitting in traffic scared the crap out of me sometimes when one of these bird were taking off or landing over my head  

User currently offlineTWAneedsHELP From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1298 times:

I live in Miami Beach, and I love everything about MIA, the city, the county, everything. As mentioned before, the women, not just at the airport pal, are amazing. Latinas wearing nothing, next to Sweedish blondes, and regular american tourists visiting from Iowa, mix and interact like nowhere in the world.

Its important to note that everything in Miami is f*cked up, which is fine really. Its been going on for such a long time, locals, weather they be black, hispanic, anglo (as whites are called here), or yellow, or purple just ignore it now. Its all part of the fun. The city is run like a bannana republic, mayors hire hit men to take out potential opponents and give mroe speeches on why Fiedel Castro needs to removed than why beggers on Byscane Blvd need to be removed. The very vocal Cuban population takes the cake. Hard workers they are, theyve added the color and fun to the city. Just a few years ago like the entire city council was indicted for corruption along with the city manager and a state senator. The mayor is called "Crazy Joe" and his predesecor (who was removed from office for voter fraud, which included votes from corpses and 10 dollars a vote) was called "Mayor Loco". He continues his attempt to get reelected. County Hall isn't in much better shape. The airport is run like Drexel Burmham in the 1980s. Since its run not by an airport authority but by an elected County Assembly, the politicians milk their constitutients and would-be venders for every dime. Hence the lack of shops. No competition in getting contracts, just give the most to the politcal campaign. Luggage carts didn't eneter MIA untill last December beacause of this B.S. The newspaper ran a one week pulitzer prize contending report on the airports mismanagement only to be labeled ant-cuban. The airports director and majority of the county council are from the island.

Its all good though, one day itll get its act together.

oh PS Dont forget Op Ramprat when like 30 airport employees were arrested for smuggling grenades, drugs, and other paraphanalia in the holds of AA jetliners. Wasn't such good P.R.

User currently offlineDoug From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 861 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1296 times:

Hey I love Miami and I will miss it when I leave.In 6 or 8 years from now when all of the construction is done Miami International will be a larger but hopefully more organized airport than the one you see now.The American Airlines terminal will do wonders lets just hope that no one has to use concourse G cuz that has been a terrible eye sore for the airport.

User currently offlineBacardi182 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1091 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1281 times:

man, when i arrive from eze at 5am, 3 cups of cuban coffe really wakes me up  

User currently offlineTurboTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1273 times:

I have not been to Miami Airport, but from what I have heard from various people is that it is run down and pretty dinky. They do have a ton of traffic, and a large portion of it is international.

User currently offlineUA865 From El Salvador, joined May 2000, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1266 times:

MIA. Great airport in all respects. Excelent traffic, improvements everyday and great for spotting. But the best of all is that it's in Miami. Go Hurricanes!!!!!!

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