News Clips - 2012 (1st Quarter)

 

   

 

March 2012

 

March 29, 2012

Massive Multimodal Miami Central Station Taking Shape Click here to download Adobe Reader 

As Colin Johnson and Oscar Romero stroll the construction site of Miami Central Station, which they say will be unlike anything in Florida mass transit, they point out all the modes of transportation that someday will come together there. They describe it as a modern Miami version of New York’s Grand Central Station. Where groundwater is now being pumped out into temporary pools will rise the central concourse that travelers will pass through as they head to and from nearby Miami International Airport and other destinations.

A cement foundation and cinderblock walls near the middle of the 27-acre site are the beginnings of what someday will be a Greyhound Bus terminal. The beginnings of another building stand nearby. “That will be the police station and control center,” complete with bicycle storage and showers, said Mr. Johnson, the Florida Department of Transportation’s project manager.

A future Amtrak station is sprouting up on the south end of the site. “We’re going to have all the tracks here,” Mr. Romero, a department consultant who is the senior project engineer, said about what currently is a dusty strip along the west side of the site where train tracks someday will stretch.

When Miami Central Station opens, it will be a main transfer point for commuters and visitors with rail and bus services linking the airport to locations around Miami-Dade, South Florida and beyond. The complex will include a landscaped esplanade and public parking. Since site work began last summer, the $88 million state Department of Transportation project is about a third of the way through. The station is expected to open by November 2013. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 

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March 28, 2012

Miami Airport Concession to Revamp Miami International Airport Advertising Program Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Miami Airport Concession to Revamp Miami International Airport Advertising Program
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Overhaul to Provide High-Tech Visual Displays, Interactive Kiosks, and Affordable Advertising Vehicles for Local Businesses to Reach High Net-Worth Miami Travelers

Miami Airport Concession, LLC today announced a new contract with Miami International Airport (MIA) that calls for a comprehensive overhaul of the airport’s advertising program. As part of the 10-year agreement, which is effective immediately, Miami Airport Concession will introduce a new advertising initiative within Miami International Airport that will focus on providing affordable advertising vehicles for local businesses that can benefit from greater access to vibrant visual displays and reaching a unique base of high net worth consumers: air travelers to Miami.

The Company will install new technologies throughout the terminal, including interactive kiosks and large-screen LCD displays. These platforms promise to engage passengers with a wealth of information about their destination area, from tourist attractions and activities to hotel, transportation, retail, dining, and entertainment options. Miami Airport Concession is also mounting 70-inch LCD displays throughout the baggage claim area, with the highest concentration at international arrivals. The Company will also replace existing phone boards with interactive touch screen kiosks.

“As our capital improvement program draws to completion, we look forward to the continued modernization of Miami International Airport by Miami Airport Concession,” said Miguel Southwell, Miami-Dade Aviation Department Deputy Director for Business Retention and Development. “With the installation of new advertising technology throughout our terminal that also provides affordable options for local organizations, we expect this partnership will help us better connect our passengers to all that Miami-Dade County has to offer.” Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Miami Airport Concession to Revamp Miami International Airport Advertising Program

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March 16, 2012

Ocean Drive Magazine Opens First U.S. Branded Store at MIA Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Sun Sentinel - Ocean Drive Magazine Opens first U.S. Branded Store at MIA

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South Beach staple Ocean Drive magazine has partnered with airport concessionaire NewsLink to open its first U.S. branded retail store at Miami International Airport. The Shoppes at Ocean Drive concept store spans close to 10,000-square-feet and features several brands under one roof including Ocean Drive News, Shop Britto, Solstice Sunglass Boutique, Zone 305 Sportswear and Prive Gourmet Market, among others.  

In a statement Ocean Drive Publisher Courtland Lantaff said the recently opened shopping complex “brings the stories, fashions and most in-demand products found within the book to life.” The store-within-a-store complex is located in the airport’s North Terminal at Concourse D near Gate 17.   For a complete list of shopping and dining options at MIA, click here. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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March 15, 2012

GOL Seeks Rights To Operate Sao Paulo-Caracas-Miami Service Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 

 

Brazil’s GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes this summer plans to launch a daily service between its Sao Paulo hub and Miami. The Boeing 737 service is scheduled to launch June 29, with a technical stop in Caracas included in the route application filed with the U.S. Transportation Department. GOL already has been granted the authority by Brazilian regulators, which also are awaiting at least one more U.S. route application from GOL.

The Miami service revives a route once served by Varig, the now defunct flag carrier that was acquired by GOL some five years ago. The application also comes as GOL ends a code-share relationship with American Airlines, which has a hub in Miami. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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March 7, 2012

Miami Int'l Airport Traffic Up 9 Percent in January Click here to download Adobe Reader

Sun Sentinel - Miami Int’l Airport Traffic Up 9 Percent in January

 

 

After a record year in 2011, Miami International Airport started off 2012 with impressive gains in passenger traffic. In January, passenger traffic at South Florida's busiest airport rose nearly 9 percent from a year earlier to reach almost 3.5 million people getting on and off planes. International passengers jumped almost 10 percent to 1.7 million, and domestic passengers rose 8 percent to nearly 1.8 million from January last year, Miami airport numbers show. The strong growth contrasted with dips at airports nearby. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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March 5, 2012

MIA's North Terminal Wins Best Concessions Program Award Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 

Airport Revenue News

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Airport Revenue News (ARN) magazine named MIAMI International Airport’s North Terminal the winner of its 2012 Best Overall Concessions Program Award during the publication’s annual conference and exhibition in February (see press release below). Industry participants cast more than 1,300 on-line votes in five airport categories and 15 specialty retail, news and gifts and food and beverage categories to determine the winners.


Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) Deputy Directors Ken Pyatt and Miguel Southwell, Concession Business Chief Adrian Songer and Aviation Director José Abreu with ARN’s 2012 Best Overall Concessions Program Award.

In 2011, MIA opened more than 20 new concessions and now provides 80 retail and dining locations in North Terminal alone.  ARN is a monthly trade magazine that specializes in coverage of all revenue-generating issues affecting the airport industry.  For more information about MIA’s award-winning shops and restaurants, go to www.ShopMiamiAirport.com. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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March 1, 2012

Airport Employees Being Trained to Intercept Sex Trafficking Click here to download Adobe Reader

Employees at Miami International Airport were trained Thursday to identify and respond to children who are being sexually exploited. Fifty workers attended a sex-trafficking training session given by Miami-Dade police and personnel from Port of Miami and MIA. The workshop is aimed at keeping watch on the tens of thousands of daily passengers who walk through the airport.

South Florida is one of the 13 major trafficking hubs in the country, according to the FBI. MIA is one of the first U.S. airports to launch this type of training, according to Kristi House. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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February 2012

 

February 29, 2012

Random Opera Performance Leaves MIA Passengers Smiling Click here to download Adobe Reader 

It was a normal Wednesday afternoon at MIA. Until Daniel Shirley came along. “Libiamo,” or “Let’s drink” in Italian, he belted out in his best tenor opera voice.
Within seconds, he was joined by six professional opera singers like himself, and together they treated passengers at Gate D30 in the North Terminal to a surprise performance of Libiamo ne’lieti calici, part of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, La Traviata.


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“It put a smile on my face,” said Silver, 74, of Coral Gables. “It was an unbelievable experience.” The two-minute opera performance is part of Random Acts of Culture, a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation initiative that organizes such cultural performances at eight cities, including Miami. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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February 27, 2012

American Airlines Announces Additional Summer Service Between Miami and Kingston, Jamaica Click here to download Adobe Reader 

American Airlines Announces Additional Summer Service Between Miami and Kingston, Jamaica

 

American Airlines announced today it will add an additional daily nonstop flight between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica (KIN), for the summer season. The flight will operate between April 4 and Aug. 20, 2012, bringing the total number of daily nonstop flights between Miami and Kingston to four during the summer season. The new service will be operated with a 160-seat Boeing 737 aircraft.

"With its beautiful scenery and rich culture, Kingston is a very popular destination, especially in the summer months," said Peter Dolara, American's Senior Vice President for Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. "We are pleased to offer our customers more options for their travel to and from Jamaica this season with the addition of a fourth daily service between Kingston and Miami." Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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February 23, 2012

Interjet Launches Flights from Fla. to Mexico Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Interjet Airline is launching new service between Miami and Mexico City.
The Mexican company is inaugurating its flights out of Miami International Airport Thursday and says it hopes they will increase Mexican tourism options and enhance South Florida's role as a regional hub for travel.

The privately owned Mexican company Interjet was founded in 2005 and services 28 cities and towns in Mexico. Its A320 aircraft include in-seat videos that can allow passengers a cockpit view of takeoff and landing, as well as women-only bathrooms. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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February 21, 2012

ROUTES AMERICAS: In the Spotlight - Chris Mangos, Miami International Airport Click here to download Adobe Reader 

ROUTES AMERICAS: In the Spotlight - Chris Mangos, Miami International Airport

 

 

Ahead of this year’s event we grabbed a few quick words with Chris Mangos, Director, Marketing Division of Miami International Airport…  Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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February 20, 2011

Canine Ambassador Spreads Goodwill at Airport Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Liz Miller tours Miami International Airport with her therapy-dog Casey, K-9 ambassador at the airport, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in Miami-Dade County. Wearing a uniform that read "Pet Me," the golden retriever toured airport hallways bringing smiles to the faces children and adults.

Liz Miller, an airport volunteer from Pinecrest, tours Miami International Airport with her therapy dog Casey, a “K-9 ambassador.” Wearing a vest that read "Pet Me," the golden retriever toured airport hallways bringing smiles to the faces children and adults. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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February 19, 2012

Metrorail to Run Direct Line to Airport from Dadeland Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Metrorail to Run Direct Line to Airport from Dadeland

 

 

Miami-Dade Transit has decided to operate a new Metrorail line directly to Miami International Airport from the Dadeland South Station when the extension to MIA opens in the summer, transit officials announced.

Originally, county transit officials had also considered running only a shuttle-like service between MIA and the Earlington Heights Station, which would have required airport passengers to switch trains.. The decision to run a direct train, without transfer, came only hours after members of the Miami Downtown Development Authority voted unanimously Friday to urge Miami-Dade Transit to run the direct service. Neisen Kasdin, the authority’s vice chairman, said a service that required a transfer might have deterred many from using the new line.  Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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February 15, 2012

MIA, Port of Miami See Growth in Travel, Cargo Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Whether by air or sea, travel and cargo at Miami-Dade’s two ports grew at a healthy clip last year despite ongoing economic malaise. Miami International Airport drew more than 38 million passengers — a new record and 7 percent increase from 2010 — and matched its pre-recession, all-time record of moving 2 million tons of freight.

The Port of Miami, recently dubbed PortMiami, saw more than 4 million passengers for the fourth consecutive year — more than any other port in the world — and boosted its cargo operation by 7 percent, compared to 5 percent growth the previous year. The directors of the two ports painted a rosy picture Wednesday at the 25th annual State of the Ports briefing, where they recapped 2011 successes and looked forward to 2012 plans.

Miami-Dade Aviation Director José Abreu touted that international travel grew by 9 percent at MIA, the second-busiest U.S. airport for international passengers, outpacing growth at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Los Angeles International Airport. “International traffic has grown more at MIA than at any other U.S. gateway in the last four years and counting,” Abreu said. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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February 15, 2012

MIA Was Fastest Growing U.S. Airport in 2011 Click here to download Adobe Reader 

America’s top 20 airports grew by 2.5% in 2011; Miami fastest-growing as Houston Bush drops from 7th to 10th

In the News:

Miami's airport growing fastest among U.S. top 20 (South Florida Business Journal)
MIA is Fastest-Growing Top 20 U.S. Airport (South Florida Caribbean News)

 

 

Miami International Airport grew the fastest out of the top 20 airports in the US last year, +7.3%, and the airport has already this year seen the arrival of another new airline – LAN Colombia – suggesting that the end to the growth has not yet been seen.

America’s top 20 airports grew by 2.5% in 2011; Miami fastest-growing as Houston Bush drops from 7th to 10th

This week, anna.aero has collected 2011 traffic data for the top 20 airports in the USA, which reveals that between them passenger numbers grew by an estimated 2.5% in 2011. Of the top 20 airports, only two (Chicago O’Hare and Houston Bush) failed to record year-on-year growth, while only Miami recorded passenger growth of more than 6%.

In terms of ranking, Houston Bush has dropped from seventh to tenth, as a result of which Las Vegas, San Francisco and Phoenix have all moved up a place. Further down, Seattle-Tacoma has overtaken Detroit for 16th place. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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February 13, 2012

MIA’s New K-9 Ambassador Spreads Love For Valentine’s Day Click here to download Adobe Reader

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Miami International Airport will turn to man’s best friend for some extra tender love and customer care with Casey, MIA’s new K-9 Ambassador. Casey, a 69-pound Golden Retriever and trained therapy dog, and her owner Liz Miller, who is an MIA Volunteer Ambassador, will walk MIA’s terminal two days a week in search of passengers in need of a “helping paw” or maybe just some snuggle time with Casey. Casey, decked out in a customized “Pet Me” uniform and airport ID badge, will assist Liz in providing directions and interacting with passengers to put them at ease during their travel experience.

 GALLERY: Meet MIA’s New K-9 Ambassador

Airport officials said Casey’s canine touch will be especially helpful during a busy February expected to draw large crowds through MIA for events like the Miami International Boat Show, the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival and the Coconut Grove Art Show. In just a few test runs, Casey has already been a hit with our passengers,” said Dickie Davis, Miami-Dade Aviation Department Terminal Operations and Customer Service Division Director. “Casey and Liz are two of our 80 very special Volunteer Ambassadors, and we’re excited about this new customer service initiative.”
Casey also has her own business trading cards and website.   Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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February 1, 2012

MIA Art Program Featured in Global Traveler Magazine Click here to download Adobe Reader 

MIA is one of a handful of airports from around the world recognized for its fine arts program in the current issue of Global Traveler magazine.  The magazine writes that, “Miami International has been undergoing one of the country’s largest redevelopment projects to include an additional runway; two new passenger terminals; and, in cooperation with the Miami-Dade Art in Public Places program, an infusion of contemporary art.

Emilio Adán Martinez’ Andan Volando, the murals of Héctor Julio Páride Bernabó (aka Carybé), Paul Marcellini’s photographs in the “Experience the Everglades” exhibit and Christopher Janney’s Harmonic Convergence all provide MIA with the vibrancy and color so indicative of the Miami area.”  Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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January 2012

 

January 31, 2012

New Bogota-Miami Flights Begin Wednesday Click here to download Adobe Reader

LAN Colombia began service between Miami and Bogota on Wednesday. The airline, an affiliate of South American carrier LAN Airlines, will fly between the two cities seven times a week.

The new service follows the announcement that a record number of passengers traveled through the Miami International Airport in 2011: 38.3 million people, a 7.3 percent increase over the previous year. Of those 38.3 million passengers, 18.4 million were international and 19.9 million were domestic. Last year’s record numbers were aided by the addition of several new carriers to MIA, including Arkefly, Corsairfly, ExecAir, KLM, TAP Portugal and VivaAerobus.    Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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January 31, 2012

Transit Center is a “National Example” Click here to download Adobe Reader

Transit center is a “national example”

  Original Spanish Version: Centro de transporte es ‘ejemplo nacional’ (El Nuevo Herald)

 

Translated from Spanish.

John Mica, chairman of the powerful Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, toured the huge public transit center being built alongside Miami International Airport (MIA) on Monday, citing it as an example for other big cities that want to connect airlines, buses and trains, as well as other services. Among Mica’s guests for the tour of Miami Intermodal Center (MIC), an installation that is being built at a cost of $1.7 billion, were mayors and representatives from other states and cities interested in building similar transit centers.   
                  
The MIC, which should be finished by 2013, includes rental cars, Metrorail, Tri-Rail, and Amtrak as well as local and national buses. “It is a great model to follow for linking all types of transportation,” Mica, a Republican representative from a Florida district near St. Augustine,  declared before dozens of guests that listened to him narrate the history of the installation, whose origins date back to the 1980’s.  He added that originally, when he started sending out invitations for the tour, he expected only 20 to 25 people to accept, but in the end more than 100 decided to come from all over the country. “We have people from Washington, from Jacksonville, from Illinois, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Missouri, Dallas, Minneapolis, Georgia, Denver,” Mica said.      Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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January 30, 2012

American Airlines Increases Flights to Seven Major Brazilian Cities Click here to download Adobe Reader 

American Airlines Increases Flights to Seven Major Brazilian Cities

 

 

American Airlines announced changes to its coming spring and summer schedule that will expand the airline’s presence in Brazil. Next December, American’s route between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Sao Paulo (GRU) will be operating with the new state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300ER, making Brazil the first market for the new aircraft. The new state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300ER will have Brazil as its first market Further emphasizing American’s commitment to Latin America, the airline will increase its service between DFW and Sao Paulo beginning in June.

In 2010, American announced plans to order the Boeing 777-300ER, demonstrating a continuation of the airline’s efforts to enhance its fleet and become more fuel efficient.  American is the first U.S. airline to order and take delivery of the 777-300ER.  The new aircraft is designed to enhance the customer experience and includes fully lie-flat First and Business Class seats, plus seating plans that will allow American to offer a premium product in the Main Cabin and Wi-Fi capability to keep customers connected while travelling internationally. 

American will also increase the total number of weekly flights between DFW and Sao Paulo from seven times per week to 12 times per week beginning June 14.  Also on June 14, flights from Miami to Brasilia (BSB) and to Belo Horizonte (CNF) will increase from five and three times per week, respectively, to daily. In addition to the increased service between DFW and Sao Paulo, American will launch new service that connects its Miami hub to Manaus, Brazil beginning in June.  Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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January 26, 2012

Miami International Airport Reports Record Year Click here to download Adobe Reader

Miami International Airport reached a new all-time high for annual passenger traffic in 2011 with 38.3 million passengers and an increase of 7.3 percent over 2010, according to recently released statistics from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. International passengers led the way with a nine-percent increase over 2010 to 18.4 million travelers, while domestic passengers also surged by 5.8 percent to nearly 19.9 million.

Despite projections from industry association Airlines for America, formerly known as Air Transport Association of America, for a one-percent decline in air travel nationwide from December 21 to January 8 ( http://www.airlines.org/Pages/news_12-20-2011.aspx), MIA drew more than 2.2 million passengers during the 21-day travel period for an increase of 8.7 percent. MIA's busier-than-projected travel season helped the airport surpass the 38 million passenger mark for the first time ever on December 30 and also included a new single-day passenger record at MIA - more than 135,000 passengers on January 2. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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January 24, 2012

American Airlines Expands in Miami With New Route to Barcelona Click here to download Adobe Reader

American Airlines Expands in Miami With New Route to Barcelona

In the News:

  American: New Miami-Barcelona route starts April 3 (Sun Sentinel)

 

AA to Operate Barcelona-Miami as Iberia Adds Additional Miami-Madrid Flight --Barcelona Becomes the Fourth European Destination from the Miami Hub

American Airlines, a member of the oneworld® alliance and trans-Atlantic joint business partner with Iberia and British Airways, will expand its operations at Miami International Airport (MIA) with the launch of Miami - Barcelona (BCN) service on April 3, 2012. The flight will operate five times a week until June 14 when it will operate daily.

As part of a joint business reorganization of flights, Iberia will increase its Miami to Madrid service as it grows its presence at Madrid's Barajas Airport (MAD). Effective March 25 Iberia will add a second MIA-MAD flight four times per week. American will continue to operate one daily MIA-MAD flight. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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Winter 2011

Project Leadership Gold Award Winner: Miami International Airport’s North Terminal Click here to download Adobe Reader

Project Leadership Gold Award Winner: Miami International Airport’s North Terminal

 

Miami International Airport's North Terminal Development Program is quickly nearing completion in 2012. Only the new international arrivals area and three gates remain to be opened in the 50-gate super concourse, which is used by American Airlines as its hub for Latin America and the Caribbean to serve more than 25 million passengers annually and provide more than 300 daily flights. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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January 10, 2011

Juan Valdez Coffee Shop Opens in Miami Airport Click here to download Adobe Reader

Juan Valdez Coffee Shop Opens in Miami Airport

   Press Release

In the News:

   Colombian Coffee Icon Juan Valdez to Visit MIA Friday (Sun Sentinel).
 Sip Coffee with Juan Valdez at MIA (Stuck at the Airport).
  New Cafe Opens at MIA (Local 10)

 

Iconic Colombian coffee brand Juan Valdez Cafe opens shop in Miami airport where more than 35 million passengers pass through every year, the company announced Thursday. The coffee shop, located in North Terminal D and operated in association with NewsLink newsagents, is the 7th Juan Valdez coffee shop in North America and the 15th airport branch.

To celebrate this opening Juan Valdez, the man with the mule, who has represented the brand for over 50 years, will make an appearance at the new coffee shop. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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January 9, 2012

Record Days at MIA for American Airlines Click here to download Adobe Reader 

The Miami Herald - Record Days at MIA for American Airlines

 

 

January brought record traffic to American Airlines’ operations in Miami. Monday and Tuesday hold the top two spots now for most passengers enplaned at Miami International Airport since the hub was formed more than two decades ago.

On Monday, American boarded 40,171 passengers at MIA. Tuesday was a runner up with 39,796 passengers. Wednesday reached the number four spot with 39,769 passengers.

American filed for bankruptcy protection in November, but experts have said they believe the airline’s Miami hub is profitable enough to insulate the airport from cost-cutting. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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January 6, 2012

Airport Upgrades Set to Improve the Travel Experience Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Orlando Sentinel - Airport Upgrades Set to Improve the Travel Experience

 

New curbside areas for arrivals and departures and additional ticket counters are slated to open Jan. 31 in the North Terminal  and a fourth security checkpoint will open in May, airport spokesman Greg Chin said. Last month a 150,000-square-foot area of renovated space with new escalators opened in the North Terminal, which reconnects the airport’s Central and North terminals pre-security.

Other improvements in this terminal include a 400,000-square-foot, 72-lane federal inspection and international arrivals area set to open in the second half of 2012, which will have the capacity to serve 3,600 arriving international passengers an hour. This new arrivals area will feature an eight-lane re-check area for connecting international passengers and a new greeter’s lobby, Chin added.

Also Miami-Dade Transit’s Airport Link, a 2.4 mile extension from the Miami Intermodal Center to the Metrorail system is set for completion this summer. This new service will give passengers a direct connection between MIA and Metrorail, said Chin. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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January 5, 2012

Top 10 Airports for Shopping Click here to download Adobe Reader 

  • Hong Kong International Airport
  • OR Tambo International Airport
  • Dubai International Airport
  • London Heathrow Airport
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  • Incheon International Airport
  • Frankfurt Airport
  • Miami International Airport
  • Vancouver International Airport
  • Zurich Airport

(REUTERS/Joe Skipper) - Miami International Airport: "The United States’ gateway to Latin America has undergone major renovations in the last few years and recently expanded to more than 7 million square feet, covering more than 3,000 acres of land," says Cheapflights.ca. "Lucky for airport frequenters, that means plenty of retail square footage. The terminals feel more like shopping malls than airports, boasting luxury shops like Emporio Armani, convenient technology stores like Sound Balance and great gift giving gems like L’Occitane." Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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January 2, 2012

Metrorail Line to MIA Almost Complete Click here to download Adobe Reader 

The Miami Herald - MIA scores high for healthy food

 

 

One of the most expensive and complex transportation projects currently under construction in South Florida will be finished this year: the Metrorail extension to Miami International Airport.

The new line of the elevated train, from Earlington Heights Station to a new public transportation center under construction just east of the airport, will be in operation in the spring. It will be formally called AirportLink and is the first significant Metrorail extension since the system was inaugurated in 1984.

“AirportLink will provide a fast, reliable Metrorail link to MIA for millions of residents, visitors and employees who travel to and from MIA every year,” a Miami-Dade Transit press release said. “With this project, Miami-Dade joins the ranks of the great urban zones in the world with fast public transportation systems connecting to their airports.” Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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New Show Currently Filming at MIA Click here to download Adobe Reader 

The Miami Herald - MIA scores high for healthy food

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A South Florida airport will soon get its own TV show. The new show will take viewers behind the scenes at Miami International Airport. "You don't see everything that's going on in here, but this is a city within itself," said Marc Henderson, the media relations manager at MIA.

The show's pilot program is only six episodes long but it will show a side of MIA never before seen. The show's executive producer, Chris Sloan, said, "We are producing what's called an occupational TV series, about the real life, behind the scenes, almost behind-the-curtain, a story of this incredible city, Miami International Airport."

MIA is currently one of the country's top airports, with 35,000 employees and nearly 100,000 passengers that it serves each day. The new TV series, which will air on the Travel Channel, will focus on several MIA employees and how they handle their day-to-day tasks. "Every story is kind of fascinating," said Sloan, "and when people actually see what goes into making it, it's going to be illuminating."

The show will include different incidents that occur at the airport, including emergency situations and routine baggage checks. "Basically, we are granting access to the no-entry zones of MIA," said the airport's director of security, Lauren Stover. "But you know what? It's important for the public to know, in terms of security, what we're doing to keep them safe." Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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