MIA in heated feud with American Airlines over new baggage handling system

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/28/2666234/mia-in-heated-feud-with-american.html

    Airport administrators and federal regulators say a long-awaited baggage handling system is ready for service in the new North Terminal. But American Airlines has pushed to postpone its launch so it can make millions of dollars in upgrades.

    Is Miami International Airport poised to become the Bermuda Triangle of lost luggage?

    A new $215-million baggage handling system at the glitzy North Terminal is ready for service, according to airport and federal transportation officials.

    Just one problem: American Airlines doesn’t want to use it.

    More than five years behind schedule and double its original price, the system has spawned a fierce feud between MIA and its largest airline.

    After American threatened legal action to stand its ground, the two sides met and began hammering out conditions under which American would start using the system on a trial basis, said airport director José Abreu, who is concerned that delays would drive up the cost of finishing the North Terminal. More meetings are planned this week.

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    There are a number of tricky dynamics here. Airports charge their fees on a cost-plus basis. It sounds like there were significant overruns in the cost of building this system...now those costs will be passed on to AA...and AA's pax...

    AA is probably trying to get them (the Miami-Dade govt) to eat some of the cost..outside of the airport budget.

    Just a guess...but maybe with a little backing behind it?
     
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    Actually, it seems that the overruns existed before MIA took the project over. Now AA wants to spend again as much as they committed to at the outset, which seems insane in their current position.
     
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    American Airlines, MIA settle feud over new baggage-handling system

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/05/2676254/american-airlines-mia-settle-feud.html

    A new $215 million baggage-handling system will be activated within the next month after American Airlines agreed to give the long-awaited system a try.

    Miami International Airport and its dominant carrier, American Airlines, have settled a feud over a new baggage-handling system, agreeing to begin using the new system within a month, both sides said.

    Airport and federal transportation officials have said for some time that the $215 million baggage system in the new North Terminal is ready to begin service. However, American, fearing lost or mishandled baggage, had balked at placing passenger bags on the 14-mile network of conveyor belts, chutes and explosives-detection equipment.

    The carrier had asserted that the new baggage system — which was more than five years behind schedule and cost more than twice its original price — wasn’t robust enough to handle its fast-growing international hub at MIA. The carrier needs to move bags quickly between connecting flights.
     
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    ANY improvement at MIA would be a welcome change.
     
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