Miami (MIA)

A terminal silhouette of the Miami (MIA) airport.

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MIA was enjoyable to draw, even if it took a while. All of the angles on the interior of the terminal loop are 150°, which means that the concourse piers are generally a nice even 30° off of each other—for example, the angles between Concourses F and G or G and H are 30°. (The eastern part of Concourse E is itself rotated 10° off of perpendicular, but the western satellite of Concourse E is aligned to the 30° pattern.)

Terminal diagram of MIA. North Terminal has Concourse D. Central Terminal has Concourses E, F, and G. South Terminal has Concourse H and J.

No two concourses used the same design—I’m assuming they were all built at different times with no real regard for maintaining a common layout.

Concourse D is enormous. I’d speculated when I visited MIA that it was nearly as long as Detroit’s (DTW) Concourse A. Now that I’ve drawn it, I can overlay them and see that MIA Concourse D is actually slightly longer if MIA’s small jet piers are included. (Even if they aren’t included, the walking distance in MIA is longer due to the two bends in the concourse.)

Silhouettes of MIA Concourse D and DTW Concourse A overlaid on each other to compare size. MIA is slightly longer.

Paul Bogard created these terminal silhouette illustrations, and has made them available for use under a CC BY-SA 4.0 License.