MIA-Asia service has been coming in “about a year” for the better part of the decade. I’ll believe it when it’s announced, but I’m not holding my breath in the meantime.
In other news, MIA just unveiled an expansion proposal that would see the construction of two new hotels, interior improvements for the Central Terminal, a new security checkpoint for Concourses E & F which would have them connected behind security, demolition of Concourse G, and adding 3 new widebody gates and 3 new widebody hardstands to the South Terminal.https://www.thenextmiami.com/big-expans ... l-airport/
IIRC AA is interested in possibly some gate space in F and I assume would want those concourses connected. There already lots of construction in the F and G areas. Interesting.
It’s interesting that AA wants to reconfigure the gates between D14 and D37 to accommodate more widebodies when they’re wasting widebody gates on the E satellite with E175 turns, though it’s understandable that they don’t want to send premium passengers out of a terminal that’s so far away from the lounges.
The simplest solution to me would be to close D24 and shift D25 slightly to the east so it can accommodate a 77W, then reconfigure D26 into another 77W gate. D1 can also accommodate a widebody (not sure if it can go as big as a 77W) and has an A-line striped but it would close widebody gate D2 in the process. Then again, once the 767 is retired no other widebody will fit on D2 anyway.
Once F is connected behind security with the rest of the North Terminal, one
world partners AY/BA/IB/LA/QR can be put there, giving AA exclusive use of D and E. The non-aligned airlines bumped out of F can be accommodated at J with the addition of the new widebody gates and the removal of LA.