A row is brewing over the opening date for Miami International Airport?s (MIA) already-delayed South Terminal, with construction firm Parsons-Odebrecht Joint Venture due to submit its estimates on how much it will cost to accelerate
construction and finish the job by September as promised.
MIA and the firm are believed to be in dispute over who should pay for additional costs involved in meeting the September deadline ? said to in the region of $50m.
Both MIA?s North and South terminals fall under the duty free contract awarded to Duty Free Americas (DFA) last year, although DFA began operating eight shops in the Central Terminal in January.The South Terminal was originally scheduled to open this month, but there have been several changes made to the construction plans which the builder claims have delayed the opening.
There is now talk that the South Terminal may not be completed for operational use until April or May 2007 and the North Terminal ? set to become the home of hub carrier American Airlines ? is now unlikely to open until 2009.