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Miami International Airport's transformation soars with multi-million dollar overhaul contract

Miami International Airport's modernization plan gains momentum as hundreds of conveyance units are set for rapid upgrade

Miami International Airport (MIA) is ready to embark on a transformation journey with the approval of a substantial contract by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners. The contract, valued at roughly $12 million yearly, will fuel the fast-track overhaul of 372 aged escalators, moving walkways, and elevators, including the complete modernization of 145 units.

As part of the ambitious Modernization in Action (M.I.A.) Plan, MIA aims to revamp all 126 loading bridges, 203 bathrooms, and 616 conveyance units in the next 5-10 years, piloting a new era of customer-friendly and efficient travel experiences.

Miami International Airport's vision for the future

The green light for the multi-million dollar contract marks a pivotal moment for MIA's M.I.A. Plan, accelerating the upgrade of aging conveyance units. With a focus on future-proofing the airport, the comprehensive modernization will ensure seamless travel for upcoming decades, catering to the surging number of visitors arriving at Miami International Airport.

As one of the fastest-growing airports in the United States and globally, MIA has experienced an unprecedented surge in passenger traffic, serving 50.7 million passengers last year—a remarkable 10% increase from its previous 2019 record.

MIA terminal

Setting the pace for progress

Despite the record-breaking passenger numbers, MIA remains committed to providing uninterrupted services as the transformation unfolds. Currently, less than 10% of the airport's conveyance units are broken on any given day for maintenance—a remarkable feat considering the scale of the upgrade initiative. The contract's rapid implementation will see an average of at least 30 conveyance units being replaced or upgraded annually over the next five to ten years, making substantial progress toward modernizing the airport facility.

MIA CEO and Director Ralph Cutié expressed the airport's dedication to maintaining exceptional customer service amid the ongoing modernization efforts, stating that the airport continues to make the list of the busiest and high-ranking global airports. Their goal is to align their growth with passenger engagement at every touchpoint. As MIA navigates global supply chain challenges for conveyance parts, travelers are encouraged to "pardon their progress" during this crucial phase of transformation.

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