Already more than $2 billion over budget and more than three years behind schedule, Miami International Airport's north terminal is about to suck more money from Miami-Dade County.
This Friday, aviation department bureaucrats will ask the county commission's airport and seaport committee to sign off on adding $46 million to a $153 million contract with Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. to install a baggage handling system for the north terminal.
A county manager's memo explaining why the deal ballooned from $100 million to $200 million in just three years says Siemens fell behind schedule, and American Airlines officials believed the design would cause delays in getting luggage to its passengers.
Expect the commitee - and then the full commission - to sign off on the latest hornswaggle from American, which has basically been in charge of the North Terminal for nearly two decades. And that means passengers will have to pay
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more to travel out of MIA.
The money to cover the aiport construction
is derived from landing fees charged to the airlines, which pass the
cost on to their customers.