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August 2012

MIA's New International Arrivals Facility Now Open

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In the News:

New $180 Million Arrivals Center Opens at MIA (Miami Herald)

 Miami Airport Opens New International Arrivals Hub (video - NBC 6 South Florida News)

 New $180 Million International Arrivals Facility Opens At MIA (video - CBS Miami)

  New customs terminal opens at Miami International Airport (video - Local 10 News)

 New international terminal opens at MIA (WSVN 7 News)

 MIA opens new 400,000 square foot international arrivals facility (The Examiner)

 

New International Arrivals Facility Now Open

Miami International Airport opened its new front door to the world on Tuesday, July 31, when the North Terminal international arrivals facility began welcoming passengers arriving on hub carrier American Airlines and all other airlines in concourses D, E and F. The new three-level, 400,000-square-foot center is twice the size of the existing Concourse E facility and is capable of processing 2,000 passengers per hour. The dazzling new area, projected to reduce international connections by an average of 30 minutes, is located in the middle of North Terminal and is adjacent to the Concourse D skytrain for quick access from any of the 47 gates in North Terminal within four minutes.

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Upon arrival at the new facility, international travelers will be greeted by a passport control area featuring 72 lanes - double the 36 lanes in Concourse E. MIA is also one of the only U.S. airports with six dedicated lanes for Global Entry, which provides expedited processing for travelers who have registered with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Once processed, passengers will collect their checked bags in a spacious new second-level baggage claim area and then exit on either the second level for connecting flights or to the first level greeter's lobby. Befitting for one of the top international gateways to the U.S., the terrazzo floor of the new greeter's lobby features a rendering of the globe titled “Gateway of the World.”

North Terminal's new international arrivals facility opens at a time when visitors to Miami-Dade County are at record-breaking numbers. MIA is now the top U.S. airport for international flights, with nearly 1,300 weekly flights serving 85 international destinations. With American Airlines and American Eagle combining to handle nearly 70 percent of MIA's passengers, and with 95 percent of Miami-Dade County's visitors arriving through MIA, the new North Terminal facility will soon be the County's main front door to the world.

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MIA's New International Arrivals Facility Now Open


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 In the News:

 New Metrorail Orange Line to MIA Opens (Miami Herald)

  All Aboard: Metrorail Now Goes To Miami Int’l Airport (video - CBS Miami)

 Orange Line Now Offers Service to Miami International Airport (video - Local 10)

 Miami's Airport Metrorail Station Opens (video – WSVN 7 News)

 Airport Metrorail Opens (video - Yahoo News)

 

Metrorail Now Connects Residents and Visitors to MIA

Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) officially opened the new Miami International Airport (MIA) Station, its 23rd Metrorail station, on Saturday, July 28, 2012. Metrorail's new service will make it possible for millions of Miami-Dade County residents, visitors and airport employees to have a reliable and seamless Metrorail connection to its new MIA Station, where travelers can transfer to the airport's MIA Mover, which will take transit riders directly into the airport. This new connection also will provide a boost to the local economy by creating jobs and facilitating work-related travel, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improving travel time by taking vehicles off our roadways.

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The new MIA Station is a multilevel structure that provides passengers with a central transfer point to Metrobus and later to Tri-Rail, Amtrak, Greyhound, tour buses and other modes of transportation via the Miami Central Station, which will be completed in 2013. The Miami Central Station is being sponsored and built by the Florida Department of Transportation.

For more information on the Orange Line, the new MIA Metrorail station, and how to pay for long-term parking, visit www.miamidade.gov/transit (on mobile devices, www.miamidade.gov/transit/mobile); or call 3-1-1, Monday - Friday, from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., and on Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Closed on Sundays and during County-observed holidays.

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MIA's New International Arrivals Facility Now Open

Passenger, Cargo Traffic Rise

 

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  Airport Statistics

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 Miami International Airport Passenger, Cargo Traffic Rise (South Florida Business Journal)

 

 Passenger traffic at Miami International Airport continued to climb in the first half of 2012 with total volume up 6.8 percent through June, according to statistics from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. International passengers surged 8.1 percent to 9.58 million travelers and domestic travelers grew 5.6 percent to 10.57 million. With 20.1 million travelers in the first six months of the year - 1.2 million passengers more than the airport served through the same period last year - the airport is on pace to reach another milestone never seen before in its history: 40 million annual passengers.

MIA continues to benefit from American Airlines' expansion to new and existing markets. This year, American launched three new routes to MIA with daily flights from Seattle, Barcelona and Manaus, Brazil. It will also expand service between Miami and Brazil with increased flights from Rio de Janeiro in December. In November, American will begin new service from Asuncion, Paraguay, making American the first U.S. carrier ever to offer non-stop service between the two countries.

New and expanded service by other carriers are on the rise as well. Brazilian low-cost carrier GOL began service on July 8 with weekly charter passenger flights from Sao Paulo, and Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) commenced daily service from Curacao on June 1. In October, airberlin will increase service from Dusseldorf from three to six times a week, and Aeroflot begins service at MIA with three weekly flights between Moscow and Miami. In November, Swiss International Air Lines is scheduled to add four weekly flights to their daily service from Zurich until May 5.

MIA's total freight shipments grew 4.8 percent to more than one million tons in the first half of 2012, putting the airport on target to match last year's all-time annual record of two million tons of freight. For a complete report of MIA's mid-year statistics, go to http://www.miami-airport.com/monthly_traffic_Jun_2012.asp.

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Swiss Adds Flight on Zurich Route

Swiss International Air Lines announced today that it is adding another flight to its current MIA-ZRH route this fall offering passengers more choices to Switzerland and beyond.

Starting November 29, the new flight will offer service to Zurich an additional four times a week beyond the current daily schedule. An Airbus A330-300 will service the route complete with First, Business and Economy classes of service. The new flight will operate until May 5, 2013.

Swiss AddsS Flight on MIA-ZRH Route

As the airline of Switzerland, SWISS stands for excellent service and traditional values. SWISS is fully dedicated to providing the highest possible quality in all its products and services. “With the addition of this flight, we are responding to the needs of our customers and are pleased to be able to offer more options to South Florida travellers,” said SWISS Director USA Sales Annette Reantragoon.

According to Miami international Airport, an estimated 38.3 million passengers travel through the airport with 18.4 million international passengers leading the way. “We can attest to the fact that it is a popular destination for our westbound customers as well,” said Ms. Reantragoon adding that current seat load factors on the existing flight are in the low 90s.

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MIA Galleries presents Sem Fronteiras/Without Borders

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 Brazilian Design, Art and Craft Exhibition Makes a Splash at Miami International Airport (PR Web)

Sem Fronteiras/Without Borders Art Exhibit Debuts

On July 25, Miami-Dade Aviation officials and Consul General of Brazil Ambassador Hélio Vitor Ramos F. gathered at Miami International Airport's South Terminal Gallery to celebrate the world debut of Sem Fronteiras/Without Borders, a collection of innovative work by 23 Brazilian artists, artisans and designers from various regions of the country. The exhibition, on display at MIA's South Terminal Gallery through December, is presented by Miami-Dade Aviation Department's Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs Division and Zoë Melo of TOUCH, a renowned curator of Brazilian design.

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With an emphasis on local resources, each artist brings their own vision and cultural influence to their work, which includes textiles, jewelry, furniture, ceramics, basketry, fashion, photography, painting and sculpture, creating an exhibit that traverses the Brazilian landscape. Highlighted throughout the exhibition is the importance of community, the preservation of traditions and local skills through product design, the use of natural materials offering sustainable alternatives and a commitment to social responsibility that captures the spirit of Brazil.

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American Airlines Brings Expedited and Personalized Check-In to Miami International Airport Just In Time for the Busiest Summer Travel Week

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American Airlines Brings Expedited and Personalized
Check-In to MIA

MIA Becomes American's Second Airport to Offer Flagship Check-In

American Airlines premium customers at Miami International Airport (MIA) now enjoy an expedited and personalized check-in experience as American has opened its second Flagship Check-In. Like Flagship Check-In at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), this exclusive check-in experience at MIA is designed to enhance and customize the travel experience for a select group of American's high-value customers.

Flagship Check-In will offer premium customers a separate security line and a private, expedited experience with customer service representatives who can assist with a variety of individual travel needs.  This includes baggage assistance, seat and itinerary changes and connecting flight information.  Premium customers eligible for Flagship Check-In at MIA, as well as LAX, include:

  • ConciergeKey(SM) members.
  • Customers of American's Five Star Service - a personal one-on-one airport assistance program provided on the day of travel.
  • First Class customers traveling onboard an American Airlines three-class trans-continental aircraft flying between MIA and LAX, and from LAX to JFK.
  • First Class customers traveling onboard an American or select oneworld ® alliance international aircraft anywhere in their outbound itinerary. For a complete list of eligible carriers, please visit www.aa.com/flagshipcheckin.

The MIA Flagship Check-In experience will be available daily between 4 a.m. and 11 p.m. and is located in Concourse D of the North Terminal.

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