Eastern "U" Cargo Complex
Miami, Florida
511,000 sq. ft.

Completed: 08/2001


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Since development in 1928, Miami International Airport (MIA) has evolved into one of the most dynamic airports in the global arena of air transportation. Recognized around the world as the "Hub of the Americas," MIA offers passengers and cargo service to more cities in Latin America and the Caribbean than any other airport in the nation.

Approved in November 1999, Airis' $102 million, 511,000 square-foot cargo complex on the southwest sector of the airport will handle more than 32 percent of the total air freight shipped between North and South America. The center was completed in August 2001.

This is the first major air cargo project developed by a third party at MIA. The complex will house a new four-story corporate headquarters and adjoining cargo facility for LanChile Cargo Airlines, as well as a separate cargo building for Fine Air Services.

Project Details

Airis is developing this project under a long-term agreement with the Miami-Dade County Airport Authority. Financial backing is being provided by PaineWebber Inc. and Ambac Assurance Corporation.

The facility is located on 48 acres in the southwestern sector of Miami International Airport known as the Eastern "U" Cargo Complex. When completed, LanChile's facility will provide approximately 387,000 square feet of specialized air cargo processing facilities and 44,000 square feet of administrative offices. Fine Air's building will consist of 133,000 square feet of specialized cargo space.

Aeronautical improvements for the project include new taxilane pavements leading into cargo aircraft staging positions and new rigid pavements for cargo apron and ground service equipment areas. Also, 328,000 square feet of new aeronautical pavements will be constructed to link existing portions of Taxiway Sierra, along with aircraft lead-ins to the project site, and Taxiway Tango, completing the airport's master plan for taxiway access along Runway 9R/27L, MIA's Stage II runway.

Construction began in December 1999 and took 18 months to complete.


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