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MIA - New Immigration And Customs Now Open  
User currently offlinetonytifao From Brazil, joined Mar 2005, 1014 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2896 times:

New AA D terminal Immigration area and customs baggage claim opened today. Immigration was very nice and clean, but complete chaos at customs baggage claim. Waiting for my bag for over 1 hr 20 min and they have switche carousels 3x. Still no sign of bags.

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User currently offlinejfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8273 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2841 times:
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Its only taken 22 years since AA took over for Eastern and at tripple the budget. In that time AA built a new terminal at JFK and DFW has a great international terminal of which AA is the prime user. What is it about Miami ? But some one is going to say " look at the south terminal ". This thread is about terminal D at MIA.

User currently offlineLOWS From Austria, joined Oct 2011, 1112 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2836 times:

Quoting tonytifao (Thread starter):
New AA D terminal Immigration area and customs baggage claim opened today. Immigration was very nice and clean, but complete chaos at customs baggage claim. Waiting for my bag for over 1 hr 20 min and they have switche carousels 3x. Still no sign of bags.

Have they finally started using the new baggage system yet, or are they still fighting with the airport?


User currently offlineEY460 From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 268 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2782 times:

Accordingly to the Miami Airport website, the new facility will be used by all carriers operating at Terminals D, E and F. Does anybody know what will happen to the old facility? Will it be refurbished and opened again for Terminals E and F or closed permanently?

User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7108 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2622 times:

Quoting jfk777 (Reply 1):
Its only taken 22 years since AA took over for Eastern and at triple the budget. In that time AA built a new terminal at JFK and DFW has a great international terminal of which AA is the prime user. What is it about Miami ? But some one is going to say " look at the south terminal ". This thread is about terminal D at MIA.

Look at the south terminal. No but seriously look at the South Terminal. Two things were different. One, an airline did not manage the project like AA started with North Terminal. Remember Miami-Dade took the project away from AA because AA was doing a terrible job.
Second and the most important aspect the North Terminal was built on top of a working airport. It was not buildings a brand new terminal on land like the South Terminal or AA's terminal in JFK this was a piece by piece job that needed to be done WHILE MIA was fully operational. That is not an easy task at all. It still had it problems don't get me wrong but this was a very complicated project. It is over budget and late but at least it turned out great.

Quoting EY460 (Reply 3):
Accordingly to the Miami Airport website, the new facility will be used by all carriers operating at Terminals D, E and F. Does anybody know what will happen to the old facility? Will it be refurbished and opened again for Terminals E and F or closed permanently?

E will be closed for at least a few months. I recently took a tour of the CBP facility and we did a tour of the E facility it is run down, things are breaking and it is small. They also at the current time do not have enough staff to staff both E and the new D. E will be closed for now to do some work on it and get more officers. Officers are being hired I personally know one who will start in MIA next summer. Here is an article from the Miami Herald about the facility oppening up: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/3...w-180-million-arrivals-center.html
Even though E is close wait times will still be lower, E only has 37 passport control desk. The new D facility will have 60 desk staffed at a time.
Quoting tonytifao (Thread starter):
New AA D terminal Immigration area and customs baggage claim opened today. Immigration was very nice and clean, but complete chaos at customs baggage claim. Waiting for my bag for over 1 hr 20 min and they have switche carousels 3x. Still no sign of bags.

I wonder if they are having problems with the bag system? Glad to know it went well besides for that from the pictures it looks great.



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User currently offlinecommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11409 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2591 times:

Quoting flymia (Reply 4):
Second and the most important aspect the North Terminal was built on top of a working airport. It was not buildings a brand new terminal on land like the South Terminal or AA's terminal in JFK this was a piece by piece job that needed to be done WHILE MIA was fully operational. That is not an easy task at all. It still had it problems don't get me wrong but this was a very complicated project. It is over budget and late but at least it turned out great.

I think that is really the key.

I'm not excusing the mismanagement, inevitably-overly-optimistic projections, etc., but it is critical to always remember just how complex this whole project was. So sure - again, the initial plans were obviously unrealistic in terms of budget and schedule (they just about always are), but on the flip side, what AA and the airport have - finally - accomplished really is fairly rare. Near-entirely renovating and/or constructing essentially a new terminal on top of an old terminal, while the old terminal is still in use, and in fact while passenger traffic and flow through that terminal is steadily increasing for years, really is quite a task.

Frankly, while it's been a long time coming, I think the new MIA North Terminal is pretty awesome - especially when I think of how those concourses (especially B/C) used to look. I no longer dread traveling or connecting through MIA, which is a nice change.


User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7108 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2574 times:

Quoting commavia (Reply 5):
Frankly, while it's been a long time coming, I think the new MIA North Terminal is pretty awesome - especially when I think of how those concourses (especially B/C) used to look. I no longer dread traveling or connecting through MIA, which is a nice change.


Agreed using the old B and C even was like going back in time. I remember the last time I used C, I think it was early 2008 and wow what a mess that place was. Now look at MIA it is IMO one of the premiere hubs of North America.



"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlinedivemaster08 From Cayman Islands, joined Jul 2008, 330 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2136 times:

Very glad to hear this is finally opening, however still going to be issues with the old E one closed now for the near future.....

Hopefully they have just one big line in this facility....... that was I think one of the issues with the old E concourse, it was just mad. One big line feeding all the desks would IMO be better.


Finally MIA is getting an international airport it deserves!



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