An article in the Orlando Business Journal last Friday has an article about Bill Jennings, Executive Director of MCO
, stating that Hurricane Charley damage repairs may take at least a year to complete.
It also states that he said "one reason the airport worked so hard to get back up and running in such a short period was because Miami International Airport shut down for four days after Hurricane Andrew devastated the Miami area in 1992." And then to add insult to injury, the article states that he said "We felt we really couldn't afford to do that" and that "the airport is really important to this area's economy", as if MIA
's staff didn't give Dade County's economy any consideration by taking four days to open the airport.
I don't know where Jennings gets his information but he should get his facts straight before he speaks to the media. Hurricane Andrew struck land in the southern portion of Dade County at 5:05am on Monday, August 24th and MIA
was re-opened mid-afternoon on Tuesday, August 25th, which was ONE day, not FOUR days, after the hurricane. We had debris all over the airfield including all runways, aircraft blown around, no power in many areas, damaged jetbridges, leaking roofs, etc. Add the fact that many of our employees had either total destruction of their homes or serious damage to their homes and cars, plus the matter of most roads being blocked by downed power lines and trees. Despite all those handicaps, MIA
's management and seriously reduced staff got the airport operational a day after the hurricane.
The news article is at: http://orlando.bizjournals.com/orlando/stories/2004/08/16/daily65.html
Along with MCO
's heavily restricted photog and spotter access policy, this is yet another reason to seriously dislike them.