The Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners have given approval to AAR CORP, provider of aviation services to commercial and government operators, MROs, and OEMs, to build a 114,000 square foot facility adjacent to its existing hangar at Miami International Airport.
The new facility will increase capacity at AAR’s Miami Airframe MRO by 33 per cent.
Work is estimated to start on the new facility in Q2 of AAR’s FY2024 with completion expected within 24 months.
Over time, Miami-Dade County is expected to reimburse the anticipated $50 million cost to construct the hangar.
Rodrick T. Miller, president and chief executive of Miami-Dade Beacon Council, said: “AAR’s expansion at Miami International Airport supports our highly connected community’s continued growth.
“Miami is a global hub with thriving aviation and trade and logistics sectors, which makes MRO and other support services a vital component of this ecosystem.
“The Beacon Council is working closely with AAR not only to continue to expand their footprint successfully in Miami-Dade, but to develop our local aviation mechanic workforce. We enthusiastically welcome the hundreds of local jobs and investment they are bringing to our community.”
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, said: “As a leader in international passengers and cargo, Miami International Airport is one of the busiest and best mega airports in the country – and AAR’s significant infrastructure investment only advances our local aviation industry.
“This expansion will strengthen the robust training and repair programmes AAR is known for and bring more than 250 new jobs to Miami-Dade County.”
The expansion project supports AAR’s recent announcement to extend its United Airlines MRO relationship, with AAR contracted to provide a minimum of 10 lines of maintenance support across its Miami, Florida, and Rockford, Illinois, facilities. The additional workload will create more than 250 AAR careers in Miami.
John M. Holmes, chairman, president and chief executive of AAR, said: “We are very excited about expanding our partnership with United and grateful for the support we are receiving from the Miami community.
“These opportunities are possible thanks to the support of the Mayor, the Beacon Council, Miami International Airport, our customers, and our incredible team of employees.”
(Picture above – Airframe MRO facility, Miami. Credit: aarcorp.com)