The South Terminal links the renovated Concourse H with a new Concourse J via a series of sky bridges. The 1.2 million sq ft expansion adds 28 new gates, 190 ticket counters, space for 61 diners, retail and duty free concessions, improved vehicle curbside space, two new security checkpoints, and a new federal inspection service facility that can process 2000 passengers an hour. Passenger orientation and navigation is greatly enhanced through the provision of natural light, visually connected multi-level spaces, high volume spaces and moving walkways. One of the biggest challenges of the project was to integrate the latest security technologies seamlessly into the passenger’s experiences, while developing an architecture that speaks of aviation and becomes Miami’s new “front door” to the Americas.
The new terminal opened in September 2007.