LAN airline plans Miami maintenance hub
Chile-based LAN Cargo airline is poised to build a maintenance hangar at Miami International Airport that’s geared to create 327 jobs here.
The base to maintain the airline’s cargo and passenger fleet was originally to be in Bogotá, Colombia, but development groups, the county and the state convinced LAN to grow here instead, aided by federal, state and airport funds to add a project apron and taxiway.
To seal the deal, however, the county must waive its Responsible Wage Ordinance for the airline’s share of the construction work, the 95,000-square-foot, three-story hangar. The county’s Transportation & Aviation Committee was to act on the deal with LAN this week.
The hangar would rise where a hurricane-battered building last used by the US Postal Service stood. The airport has already razed that building at a cost of $450,000.
LAN, already an airport major cargo tenant, is to pay the full cost to build the hangar, which could hold one jet at a time. Two jets could park on a new apron dedicated to LAN’s use. The Florida Department of transportation would pay just under $2.4 million to build that apron.
A common-use apron east of the hangar would cost just over $6.1 million, with state and federal governments paying most of the cost and the county Aviation Department paying $264,735.
LAN would pay $134,165 a year rent for the hangar land for 30 years, then pay full value for hangar rent for 10 more years.
The 327 jobs LAN is expected to create would include both direct and indirect positions and be in addition to a LAN workforce listed as 257 here in a 2010 Beacon Council report. LAN was then seventh largest in the county among employers in airlines.
If the county committee OKs the deal’s 72-page contract with LAN, the matter goes to the full commission for final approval.