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MIA's Director Answers Criticism From County

Sat Jul 10, 2004 4:10 pm

MIA Director Angela Gittens' response in PDF format:
http://www.miami.com/multimedia/miami/news/responsegittens.pdf

Miami Herald article on the issue:
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/9121908.htm

County manager's memo to Ms. Gittens in PDF format:
http://www.miami.com/multimedia/miami/news/gitmemo.pdf

AA's letter to Ms. Gittens regarding cost overruns in PDF format - also has a diagram of gate opening sequence at the end:
http://www.miami.com/multimedia/miami/news/aagittens.pdf
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RE: MIA's Director Answers Criticism From County

Mon Jul 12, 2004 9:09 pm

Good stuff, Don. I enjoyed reading AA's letter to Angela, I am sure she loved receiving that.
 
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RE: MIA's Director Answers Criticism From County

Tue Jul 13, 2004 1:23 am

Yes, the letter from the County Manager to her was very interesting.
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RE: MIA's Director Answers Criticism From County

Tue Jul 13, 2004 2:44 am

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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RE: MIA's Director Answers Criticism From County

Tue Jul 13, 2004 7:53 am

Don,

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

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RE: MIA's Director Answers Criticism From County

Tue Jul 13, 2004 8:22 am

Don,

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.

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RE: MIA's Director Answers Criticism From County

Wed Jul 14, 2004 12:07 am

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.