Funds approved for Miami airport improvements

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A rendering of the expanded security checkpoint in the Central Terminal at Miami Airport.
A rendering of the expanded security checkpoint in the Central Terminal at Miami Airport.

Miami-Dade County has adopted a capital-improvement program that would fund up to $5 billion in projects at Miami International Airport over the next 15 years.

The program would be geared toward meeting projected passenger numbers of 77 million by 2040 while keeping up with growing freight traffic. Last year, 45 million passengers passed through the airport.

Among the projects contemplated at the airport are a redevelopment of Central Terminal concourses E and F, an expansion of South Terminal concourses H and J, and a renovation of Concourse D in the north terminal, which houses hub carrier American Airlines.

The plan also calls for two new airport hotels to augment the existing MIA Hotel, including one with conference center space.

Expanded aircraft parking and warehouse space is also being considered, as well as demolition of the existing concourse G in the Central Terminal.

The redeveloped central terminal would feature a raised roof, broader ticketing hall, enlarged security screening area and new concessions.

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