Hill International has been awarded a contract to provide program management services for the Miami-Dade County Aviation Department’s $ 5 billion capital improvement program.
The 15-year modernization plan involves Miami International Airport (MIA) and all executive and general aviation airports in the county.
The improvements will accommodate the spectacular growth of airports, with the total number of passengers expected to reach 60 million per year over the 15 years.
Due to the fact that MIA is the first pharmaceutical hub airport designated by IATA in the United States and the substantial growth of e-commerce, cargo traffic is also expected to increase to a total of over 4 million tonnes of ‘by 2040.
Hill’s contract is for the first five years with the possibility of two five-year extensions.
According to the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office, the MIA and other airports generate some $ 31 billion in business revenue per year and serve as a gateway for 96% of visitors to the area.
MIA’s work consists of five sub-programs: the redevelopment of the Central Terminal (halls E and F); expansion of the South Terminal (halls H and J); the renovation of the doors of the North Terminal (Hall D) to accommodate additional wide and narrow body planes and larger regional jets; two new hotels; various city side projects; and expansion of aircraft parking and warehouses for freight operations.
Hill South East Senior Vice President and Regional Manager Eladio Castrodad said the award “positions community airports to continue to provide an efficient, safe and enjoyable passenger experience for many years to come”.
“The pandemic has certainly slowed growth in the region, but as air travel returns, the pressure is mounting to resume and accelerate this growth,” Hill’s chief executive Raouf Ghali said, adding that the program will put airports of Miami-Dade “ahead of the curve, as efficiently and profitably as possible”.
Image: The people mover at Miami International Airport in June 2021 (Sharon Hahn Darlin / CC BY 2.0)