News Clips - 2012 (2nd Quarter)

    

 

June 2012

 

June 18, 2012

14 Airport Amenities That Will Make You Long for a Layover Click here to download Adobe Reader

(CNN) -- It's inevitable these days. If you fly, you're going to have to spend a good amount of time at the airport, either waiting to take off or between flights. Thankfully, more and more airports are sympathetic to your situation and are adding unique amenities to help keep you entertained. Of course, you can always whip out your laptop and check your e-mail or stop into the nearest newsstand and pick up the latest James Patterson thriller, but we think you'll find these options a lot more exciting.


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MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Miami, Florida: Need some snuggle time? Casey, a 69-pound golden retriever, strolls though Miami International Airport two days a week with owner Liz Miller, an airport volunteer. The trained therapy dog is outfitted with a "Pet Me" uniform and her own business cards (e-mail her at casey@miami-airport.com). Casey and Liz give passengers directions and generally try to ease the travel experience.

And if you're flying with a pet in tow, you'll want to make note of the growing number of animal relief areas, like those at the Miami airport that feature patches of real grass and a bright yellow fire hydrant. www.miami-airport.com  Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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June 2012

Finishing Touches Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 The New MIA

 

 

MIA's North Terminal Finally Nearing Completion

 

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June 14, 2012

Metrorail to Connect to MIA in July Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Metrorail to connect to MIA in July

 Miami Central Station

In the News:

 Metrorail Testing New Miami Airport Route (Miami Herald)
 Metrorail to link south Miami-Dade to MIA (Local 10)


 

Miami Dade Transit has announced that the Miami International Airport Metrorail station will open for rail service on July 28. The station at 3800 N.W. 25th St. is located at the Miami Intermodal Center, which is adjacent to the airport and includes the MIA Mover, rental car center, and future transportation hub Miami Central Station. Passengers will be able to take the Metrorail’s Orange Line, which will run from the Dadeland South station to MIA, to the airport station and then travel on the 1.25-mile elevated MIA Mover to access the airport terminal.

On July 22, seven Metrobus routes currently serving the MIA terminal will be realigned to serve the new airport Metrorail station. The routes are the 7, 37, 42, 57, J, 150 Airport Flyer and 238 East-West Connection. In addition, Metrorail service will double in frequency between the Dadeland South station and Earlington Heights station. Click here for more details about Metrorail and the new airport station. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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June 13, 2012

American Airlines Celebrates Launch of New Routes and Additional Frequencies from MiamiClick here to download Adobe Reader 

American Begins Service Between Miami and Seattle and Between Miami and Manaus, Brazil; Launches Additional Frequencies Between Miami and Brazil and Between Miami and Barcelona

American Airlines, a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, is proud to celebrate the launch of two new routes and various additional frequencies from Miami International Airport (MIA). Tomorrow, June 14, the airline will begin daily service between Miami and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and between Miami and Eduardo Gomes International Airport in Manaus, Brazil (MAO). American will also begin several additional frequencies to Brazil, increasing flights from Miami to Brasilia (BSB) and Belo Horizonte (CNF) from five and three times per week, respectively, to daily; as well as additional frequencies to Spain, increasing flights from Miami to Barcelona (BCN) from five times per week to daily.

The schedule for the new routes is as follows:

        From Miami - Seattle
        Flight 1058 departs MIA at 8:55 p.m.; arrives SEA at 12:15 a.m. (next day)

        From Seattle - Miami
        Flight 1088 departs SEA at 9:25 p.m.; arrives MIA at 6:15 a.m. (next day)

        From Miami - Manaus
        Flight 961 departs MIA at 5:15 p.m.; arrives MAO at 10:35 p.m.

        From Manaus - Miami
        Flight 964 departs MAO at 11:50 p.m.; arrives MIA at 5:15 a.m. (next day)

With the addition of these routes and frequencies, American and American Eagle® will operate more than 300 daily flights to 113 destinations from Miami. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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June 8, 2012

Best of Miami 2012 - Best Public Works Project: Miami Intermodal Center Click here to download Adobe Reader

Miami New Times - Best Of Awards

 

Best Public Works Project
Miami Intermodal Center
Northwest 25th Street and 37th Avenue
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  Miami Central Station
  AirportLink
  MIA Mover
  Rental Car Center  (RCC)

Near Miami International Airport, the Florida Department of Transportation is entering the final stage of the agency's most ambitious project in Miami-Dade County. Known as the Miami Intermodal Center, or MIC, the facility will make connections to public transit much smoother from one of the busiest airports in the nation. Construction on the Miami Central Station, the center of the $1.3 billion project, is already underway.

When it's completed in November 2013, county residents and visitors will be able to catch Metrorail, Tri-Rail, Amtrak, or a new commuter train servicing Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties from a sleek terminal that seems conceived by Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas. With its aerodynamic metal and glass exterior, Miami Central Station's $88 million price tag is worth every dime that taxpayers invested. Two years ago, the transportation department finished the first phase of the project, the Rental Car Center, a four-level, 3.4-million-square-foot building that houses every car rental agency serving MIA. Air travelers can take a people mover there, providing a seamless connection. All aboard! Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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May 2012

 

May 31, 2012

First Mini Department Store In U.S. Opens At MIA Click here to download Adobe Reader 

MIAMI (CBS4) – The halls of Concourse D at Miami International Airport now resemble a modern shopping mall with the opening of The Shoppes At Ocean Drive, the country’s first mini department store inside an airport.


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Named after the iconic magazine “Ocean Drive,” the 10,000 square foot store features eight concepts which sell anything from sunglasses to gourmet food. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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May 21, 2012

New Statistics Show How MIA is an Economic Powerhouse Click here to download Adobe Reader 

New Statistics Show How MIA is an Economic Powerhouse

 

 Airport Statistics

 

 

Miami International Airport    continued to show strong growth in April, although passenger growth was not as robust as in the first quarter. The overall number of passengers rose 6.43 percent, compared with a 9.5 percent increase in the first quarter. The April figures were led by a 7.73 percent increase in international passengers compared with a 5.29 percent rise in domestic passengers. Year to date, total passengers rose 8.73 percent, led by a 10.18 percent increase in international passengers.

The total number of passengers in April reached 3.16 million – 1.49 million international and 1.68 million domestic. The overall figure is akin to the entire population of Chicago moving through, although some passengers may be double counted as both enplaning and deplaning. The figures indicate that the bankruptcy of AMR Corp., whose American Airlines is MIA's dominant carrier, is having little impact on the airport.

Total cargo climbed 1.44 percent in April, led by a 25.21 percent increase in domestic cargo. International cargo dropped 1.45 percent. Year to date, total cargo rose 4.39 percent, led by a 22.06 percent increase in domestic cargo. International cargo increased 2.08 percent. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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May 18, 2012

José Abreu to Receive Excellence in Tourism Award Click here to download Adobe Reader 

José Abreu has been Director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department since 2005, responsible for Miami-Dade County’s top economic engine: Miami International Airport (MIA) and the County’s system of four general aviation airports. His leadership has helped MIA reach record numbers, with more than 38 million passengers and two million tons of cargo in 2011.MIA also became the top U.S. airport for international flights in 2012, with nearly 1,300 weekly flights now serving 85 foreign destinations.

Abreu oversees a $6.4 billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP) that has doubled the size of terminal space at MIA, making it the largest current terminal expansion program in the U.S. During his tenure, the CIP’s 1.7-million-square-foot South Terminal was completed and opened in 2007 to now serve nearly 25 percent of MIA’s passengers. South Terminal was a 2008 design excellence award recipient from the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the “Project of the Year” award winner from the Miami-Dade chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Abreu’s leadership also resulted in the successful reorganization of the North Terminal Development Program, which was expedited to save two years and approximately $200 million of construction. North Terminal is now 95 percent complete with a total completion date of early 2013.

In 2011, the Construction Owners Association of America selected North Terminal as its annual Project Leadership Gold Award Winner, COAA’s highest honor. Additionally, North Terminal was among 35 winners in Engineering News-Record Southeast magazine’s 2011 Best Projects competition and won the 2012 award for Best Overall Terminal Concession Program from Airport Revenue News magazine.. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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May 18, 2012

Miami Airport Upgrades International Passenger Facilities Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Miami Airport Upgrades International Passenger Facilities

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Miami Airport to open new Federal Inspection Service area (Incentive Travel & Corporate Meetings)

 

Beginning this August, international passengers flying American Airlines to Miami International Airport will be welcomed to the United States by a new three-level, 400,000- square-foot Federal Inspection Service area twice the size of the existing Concourse E facility.  The dazzling new area is located in the middle of North Terminal and is adjacent to Concourse D skytrain station 3, for quick access from any of the 47 gates in North Terminal within four minutes.

North Terminal’s new FIS 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 per cent of Miami-Dade County’s visitors arriving through MIA, the new North Terminal FIS facility will soon be the County’s main front door to the world. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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May 16, 2012

Terminal Upgrades: 7 New Airport Expansions Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Terminal Upgrades: 7 New Airport Expansions

Miami -- This summer, Miami International Airport will open a new federal inspection area at the North Terminal that is twice the size of the existing Concourse E facility. In early 2013, the airport hopes to have the entire multibillion dollar North Terminal project completed. “What remains to be opened are three passenger gates and five of the 10 baggage claim carousels in the international arrivals area,” said Greg Chin, communications director for the Miami-Dade County Aviation Department. A new AirportLink Metrorail extension that will speed connections to downtown Miami is also being built. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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May/June 2012

First Class Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Luxury makes a smooth landing at Miami International Airport.

The days of no-name shops and perfunctory drugstores at Miami International Airport are over. Well, they’re still there, but the country’s fastest growing airport has gone rather luxe. Travelers can now shop dutyfree at new shops from Coach, Montblanc, Thomas Pink and Emporio Armani while they traverse down the North Terminal. There’s even a Beaudevin Wine Bar where patrons can sample gourmet appetizers and entrées paired with suggested vintages or even try a wine flight before takeoff.

Some of the aforementioned concessions are the first outlets of their kind to be introduced at airports. And there’s more to come with plans for a Tumi shop and a Desigual store (a Spain-based retailer) in the works. Additionally, Club America J in the South Terminal has been updated to offer passengers flying on all airlines access to a full complimentary bar, business center, flat-screen televisions and shower facilities with towel warmers. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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May 2, 2012

THANKS AGAIN and the MIA Shops & Restaurants Launch Automated Loyalty Program for Shopping and Dining Customers in MIA Click here to download Adobe Reader 

THANKS AGAIN and the MIA Shops & Restaurants Launch Automated Loyalty Program for Shopping and Dining Customers in MIA

  MIA Shops

  THANKS AGAIN, LLC

In the News:

 MIA travelers can now earn airline miles shopping, dining at airport (Sun Sentinel)
 

THANKS AGAIN, LLC has partnered with MIA Concessions to enable Miami International Airport passengers and employees to automatically earn extra airline miles when they shop or dine throughout the 12th largest airport in North America. Passengers securely and conveniently enroll in the program for free at http://www.thanksagain.com/MIA and can earn 1 mile for every dollar spent while shopping and dining at participating merchants. This includes an opportunity to earn up to 25,000 bonus miles every 90 days based on cumulative registered card purchases at over 170 airports and 25,000 local businesses in the U.S. and Canada.

THANKS AGAIN and the MIA Shops & Restaurants Launch Automated Loyalty Program for Shopping and Dining Customers in MIA

"We have been looking for an automated travel reward loyalty program for some time and are very excited to acknowledge Miami passengers by rewarding them with their favorite airline miles," explains Adrian Songer, Chief of Airport Concessions Business Development, Miami -Dade Aviation Department. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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May 1, 2012

New Metrorail Service to MIA Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Channel 10 - MIA Mover Makes Getting Around Airport Easier

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If you're anything like Avi Tryson, you don't like what it costs to leave your car parked at the airport. "It'll be an extra 75 to 100 bucks for me to travel," Tryson said. By the end of the summer, however, everything is scheduled to change.  "This is going to give people choices," said Albert Hernandez with Miami Dade Transit.
Hernandez gave Local 10's Sasha Andrade an exclusive look at the Miami Intermodal Station.  "This is the end of the terminal station for a 2 1/2 mile stretch of our Metrorail system," he said.

Once construction is completed this summer, you will be able to take the existing Metrorail from Dadeland, through downtown, and all the way to the Miami International airport.  "We'll have two lines now," Hernandez said. "The green line which provides service to the Palmetto, and the orange line which will provide service to the airport."

Frequent flyer Joe Cuzan doesn't usually take mass transit, but he's sold on spending a couple of dollars to get to MIA and a couple of dollars to leave.  "If it's practical and it works, I'll use it," he said. In fact, county officials believe the link to the airport will jumpstart ridership by about 7,000 or 8,000 people per day. They say the new stretch of rail launches our 30-year-old system into the future. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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May 1, 2012

Russia's Aeroflot Plans Miami Route Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Miami and Moscow soon may have one more thing in common. Russian airline Aeroflot is tentatively planning nonstop flights between the two cities starting in late October.

Aeroflot would be only the second carrier to offer nonstop service between Miami and Russia. Transaero Airlines currently operates twice-weekly nonstop flights from Moscow's Domodedovo airport to Miami International Airport. The Aeroflot roundtrip flights would be three times a week on an Airbus 330 200-passenger jet.

Aeroflot previously served Miami International more than a decade ago. In the last two years, the airline has experienced growth rates of more than 25%, statistics show. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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April 2012

 

April 30, 2012

MIA Launches New WiFi Service for Passengers Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Travelers at Miami International Airport can now visit select travel-related websites at no charge while in the airport through a new WiFi program provided by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD). Access to websites for airlines, hotels, rental car companies, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, MIA and Miami-Dade County are now complimentary through MIA’s WiFi network portal. The new service offers greater online access to MIA passengers who need to make adjustments to their travel arrangements or need information regarding local tourist attractions.

“While it remains cost-prohibitive for airports with MIA’s size and passenger volume to provide unrestricted WiFi service, offering travelers complimentary access to select websites that can improve their travel experience is an additional customer service enhancement for our 38 million guests who travel through MIA each year,” said MDAD Deputy Director Miguel Southwell.

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April 27, 2012

Miami Airport Traffic Soars; More Int’l Flights than JFK

In the News:

 Miami Passes New York's JFK in International Flights (The Miami Herald)

 Miami International soars to record flying Latin America trips (Miami Today)

Credit international travelers: Miami International Airport hosted more than 10.2 million passengers for the first quarter this year, up 9.5 percent from last year to set a new record for the period.

Through March, international passenger traffic jumped 11 percent and domestic passengers 8.1 percent over last year.  Indeed, Miami ranked as the U.S. airport with the most international flights for the quarter, overtaking New York’s JFK airport, officials said. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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April 19, 2012

New Miami International Arrival Hub Can Clear 3,600 Passengers an Hour Click here to download Adobe Reader 

New Miami International Arrival Hub Can Clear 3,600 Passengers an Hour

 



 

Flying into Miami should get easier for international travelers when Miami International Airport opens a new Federal Inspection Services facility this summer. The three-level, 400,000-square-foot area is scheduled to partially open in July, with all 72 passport control lanes operating to process international arrivals. "Once fully complete, the new FIS area will be able to process 3,600 international passengers per hour upon their arrival to the US," said Miami International spokesman Greg Chin.

The new area features 10 baggage claim carrousels, five of which will open in July on the second level. The ground level features a new greeter's lobby. The new Federal Inspection Services area is twice the size of the airport's current federal inspection area in Concourse E, which currently serves American Airlines' international flights. The new federal inspection area is one of the last parts of the airport's multibillion-dollar North Terminal construction project to be completed. The only things remaining to be done on the terminal project is the completion of the federal inspection area and three gates nearest to the old baggage handling system, Mr. Chin said. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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April 2012

America's Best Airports Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 

 

Best: No. 10 - Miami International (MIA)

America's Best and Worst Airports

If you’re landing here to party at South Beach, you won’t have to travel too far; the airport is ranked sixth for location. And after those late nights, you can recover with a treatment at one of the airport’s No. 3-rated spas before heading home. You’d be smart to carry on any designer duds; the airport ranked 13th for baggage handling and for the check-in and security process. Readers also faulted the airport for lack of kids’ zones, but that may be beside the point for the Miami crowd. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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April 16, 2012

Metrorail About to Link Airport to Downtown and Suburbs Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Metrorail About to Link Airport to Downtown and Suburbs

 AirportLink (Miami Dade Transit)
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AirportLink to be tested this spring, open for the public in the summer

Miami’s first mass-transit rail directly linking Miami International Airport to downtown and the county’s outlying suburbs is about to start operating. With construction almost complete, the “AirportLink” Metrorail extension is scheduled for testing this spring and to start serving the public sometime this summer, said Miami- Dade Transit spokeswoman Karla Damian.

The 2.4-mile elevated heavy rail extension will run from the new Miami Intermodal Center next to the airport to Metrorail’s Earlington Heights station. The new link means passengers will be able to travel to and from the airport and Metrorail’s 22 other stations that link Miami’s urban core and central business districts to surrounding communities such as Hialeah and Medley to the northwest and Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, South Miami and Kendall to the southwest.

At the Intermodal Center, AirportLink will enable riders to connect to other train systems such as Amtrak intercity service, the South Florida commuter Tri-Rail and an “Automated People Mover” light rail to the airport’s terminals. AirportLink riders also will have access there to Greyhound and county buses, taxis and rental cars. A specific start date for the AirportLink line still needs to be set, Ms. Damian said. “We’re looking at how the testing goes, and we’re integrating new equipment to our existing equipment, so we need to be testing that, too,” she said. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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April 15, 2012

MIA’s New Shops Lure Crowds with Luxury and Local Flavor Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 Shop MIA

 

“They love to spend, and they love that our prices are much lower than Brazil,’’ Serrano said on a recent evening at the luxury airport concession, which opened last year, flanked by Coach and Thomas Pink shops on one side and Mont Blanc on the other. A few minutes later, Serrano was tapping an iPhone app in a bid to translate a message into Mandarin for a perplexed Chinese customer: His Miami-Los Angeles flight was a domestic one, making him ineligible to buy in the duty-free store. He nodded in understanding and moved on. “He wanted to buy, but today he can’t,’’ she explained.

Concessions at the North Terminal are booming, buoyed in part by strong growth in international travelers drawn to its expanded selection of trendy, new shops. The wider selection of high-end stores puts Miami among the front-runners in a global trend of vastly expanding retail and food offerings at airports.

If Miami is the favorite shopping haven for Latin Americans, the North Terminal is emerging as a glittering last-chance mall on their way out of town. “The concessions have really been exceeding everyone’s expectations in terms of sales,’’ said Miguel Southwell, deputy director for business with the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, which runs the county-owned airport. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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April 12, 2012

Airport Art Worth Checking Out As You Rush to Your Gate at MIA Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Airport Art Worth Checking Out As You Rush to Your Gate at MIA

Outside of the times Miami is hosting the buzzy Art Basel fair each December, we don't usually think of the city as particularly artsy. And we certainly don't have art galleries on our mind when we're rushing through the hordes at Miami International Airport to reach our gate.

On a recent spin from Terminal E to Terminal D, however, we were stopped in our tracks--by art. As you can see, it wasn't the predictable kind either--no vintage black-and-white aviation photos or homespun pieces done by local kids (not that there's anything wrong with either of those...). No, this was a series of paintings that placed dogs in the context of familiar and famous artworks.

The exhibition is called The Masterpieces and the genius behind it is Miami artist Kristen Thiele. You can read more about Thiele's inspiration for the work here. But if you're passing through MIA, you really should check it out for yourself. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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April 9, 2012

Miami Tourism Booming In Tough Times Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Miami Tourism Booming In Tough Times

If you look at the latest tourism numbers you may find yourself saying “what recession?” Miami is defying the odds of the economy, going through what appears to be a tourism renaissance setting records. “Record expenditures, record number of visitors, record satisfaction levels,” said Bill Talbert of Miami’s Greater Convention and Visitor Bureau.

Records is all Talbert talks about these days. The numbers don’t lie; for 20 months tourist taxes have been rising, and it’s not chump change. Tourist taxes are up 16% for February over last year. It also appears to be speeding up. Miami International traffic for February was up nearly 10%. “We are very bullish on the future; very bullish,” Talbert told CBS4. “Travel and tourism is going to keep increasing.” So what changed? The weather? The sand? CSI Miami viewership? Talbert believes it’s simply Miami’s brand. “The world can’t get enough of Miami…right now,” Talbert said.

How hot is Miami? New York’s Kennedy Airport is the busiest airport in the nation for international flights. Predictions are Miami will surpass it this year though. It means the future looks bright if the trend continues. So you are probably wondering where is everyone coming from? According to the Department of Transportation our number one visitor comes from New York. That’s followed by Atlanta, Brazil, Chicago and Dallas. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 

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April 5, 2012

American Begins Miami-Barcelona Flights Click here to download Adobe Reader 

American Airlines' first flight from Barcelona arrived in Miami on Wednesday, signaling the start of new service to Spain. American's new Barcelona-Miami route initially will be four roundtrips a week before expanding to daily roundtrips in June, said American spokeswoman Martha Pantin. Already, America Airlines operates roundtrips between Miami and Madrid, "so service [to Spain] is actually increasing," Ms. Pantin said.

When the American Airlines flights to Barcelona increase to seven days a week in June, Miami International Airport will offer a total of 24 flights a week between Miami and Spain, said Miami International spokesman Greg Chin. In addition to the new Barcelona service, America operates a daily roundtrip to Madrid. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 

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April 2, 2012

TAM Boosts Miami Capacity as GOL Prepares Inaugural Click here to download Adobe Reader 

TAM Boosts Miami Capacity As GOL Prepares Inaugural

 

 

Brazil’s dominant international carrier TAM Airlines is up-gauging its double daily Airbus A330 service between Sao Paulo and Miami to a Boeing 777-300ER as domestic rival GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes prepares to add the same route to its network.

The aircraft change, which will occur in the second quarter, when TAM adds more 362-seat 777s to its fleet, increases the carrier’s daily capacity by 278 seats for a total gain of 1,946 seats each week. GOL, meanwhile, plans to operate its newer 737s on its five-weekly service, offering about 900 or so seats a week, depending on which variant it uses.

GOL is expected to launch the route late in the second quarter. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 

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