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December 2012

December 20, 2012

American Adds Two More Caribbean Routes From MIA   

 

 

American Airlines said Thursday that it will add two new routes between Miami and Caribbean destinations in the spring.   
The airline will start Saturday flights between Miami and both Martinique Aime Cesaire International Airport and Pointe-a-Pitre International Airport in Guadeloupe on April 6..
Earlier this week, American said it was adding service to Curitiba and Porto Alegre, both in Brazil, from Miami in late 2013... Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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December 18, 2012

American Airlines adds new agreements, flights in South America

 

 

 More flights to Brazil, Colombia coming for American Airlines  (South Florida Business Journal)

In a nod to the importance of Latin America for its business, American Airlines on Monday announced new codeshare agreements with airlines in the region as well as new routes.
American has agreed to codeshare with TAM Airlines, based in Sao Paulo, and LAN Colombia, both part of LATAM Airlines Group.
The airline also said that it will add new routes in late 2013 between Miami and two destinations in Brazil: Curitiba and Porto Alegre. American also plans to add service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Bogota late next year. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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December 18, 2012

Brazilian airline GOL expands daily service at MIA  

 

 

The inaugural flight of GOL's new daily service was welcomed to Miami International Airport with a water cannon salute from Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue.
 
Brazilian budget airline GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes has launched daily scheduled service between Sao Paulo and Miami International Airport, according to a news release from the airport.

GOL began service at MIA with weekly charter flights in July and has since gained scheduled route authority to Miami from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

"We proudly welcome GOL to our family of more than 90 airlines, and we thank the airline for choosing to provide scheduled service at MIA," said Miami-Dade Aviation Department Marketing Division Director Chris Mangos.
GOL joins Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines and Brazil-based TAM Airlines that now provide daily flights between the two cities.

During 2011, more than 1.4 million passengers traveled between MIA and seven destinations in Brazil making the country MIA's top international market.
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December 13, 2012

British Airways Gate Agent Named Miami International Airport
Employee of the Year for Kind Act
 

 

 

There wasn't a dry eye in the house Wednesday night as a letter written to a Miami International Airport employee was read.
While working the gate for British Airways in January, Randy Waggoner noticed a boy crying – upset he left his souvenir, an alligator tooth, in a rental car.
"When I saw the little boy, he was really upset and I just did it," said Waggoner, who was honored as MIA's Employee of the Year Wednesday. "I have children. I know when you have something, it's nice to get it back."
Waggoner found the tooth and mailed it to England. Months went by, then he received a letter from the boy's mom in August.
Part of the thank you note read, "You very kindly found it and posted it to us a few weeks later. You had no way of knowing this at the time, but he was dying of cancer and getting his tooth back meant a lot to him, and to us. You made a little boy very happy, before he died, in April. Thank you again for this ray of sunshine."
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December 12, 2012

Knight grants help local arts groups

 

 

Earlier this month the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation granted nearly $2.3 million in awards to 34 winners of its 2012 Knight Arts Challenge Miami.

The awards range from $10,000 for the Pablo Malco Foundation’s Hip-Hop Symphony, which aims to marry the rhythms of hip-hop and dance with the instrumentation of classical, to ArtWorks’ $225,000 grant for a project to help high school students in Overtown, Wynwood, Little Haiti and Liberty City pursue the arts via paid art internships and apprenticeships.
And South Miami-Dade could soon see a new space for community theater with a residency opportunity for artists at Palmetto Bay’s Deering Estate, thanks to a $35,000 grant to the Deering Estate Foundation. Mary Petit, executive director of the Deering Foundation and Jennifer Tisthammer, Deering’s director, see many possibilities for providing community theater in the region, which she said lacks community theaters beyond a Black Box room at the new South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay.
Grants, which must be matched by the recipients, were given to individuals, organizations or others in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties in disciplines such as film, dance, theater, music, visual art and storytelling.
Winning a grant is a considerable boost, not only financially, but psychologically, in helping fledgling, as well as veteran, organizations thrive in today’s tough economic climate. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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December 4, 2012

DHL opens new facility at MIA

 

 

Logistics company DHL opened a new 140,000-square-foot facility at Miami International Airport this week. The company held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new hub, at 5815 NW 18th St., on Monday. The project was a $21 million expansion of the previous facilities. It will be a hub for shipments heading to and from Latin America and the Caribbean. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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November 2012

November 25, 2012

Shopping during a delay in Miami

 

 

 

The woman holding the microphone at the check-in counter is bravely attempting to smile. The passengers standing in clumps near Gate D43 are not. “Our departure time has changed.


A weather system in San Francisco is stalling all flights,” she says. We groan. She smiles some more. Can’t argue with the weather. The good news? I’m not squished in coach endlessly circling SFO. The bads news? I’ve got two-plus hours to kill in Terminal D at Miami International Airport. It’s 7 a.m. Is anything even open?  You bet.   Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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November 21, 2012

MIA lauded for vegetarian food options

 

 

 

 MIA ranks 5th most healthy airport in U.S.(South Florida Business Journal)

The airport is tied for fifth place with Chicago O’Hare International Airport in a review by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit group that advocates vegan and vegetarian diets.

The report studied 18 of the country’s busiest airports and said 76 percent of restaurants had healthy options, defined as at least one vegetarian meal that is low-fat and cholesterol-free.  Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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November 8, 2012

Center For Urban Transportation Research Recognizes MIA's Abreu

 

 

 

 People on the move(Sun Sentinal)

Jose Abreu, Miami-Dade aviation director, has been honored by the Center for Urban Transportation Research.

The 2012 Transportation Achievement Award recognizes an individual’s overall contribution to the transportation profession, and the recipient in chosen based on lasting contributions to the transportation field, impact of those activities, and general leadership and mentorship in the transportation community.

“Congratulations to Jose for earning the 2012 Transportation Achievement Award,” says Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “The Center for Urban Transportation Research couldn’t have picked a more worthy recipient. Miami-Dade County and the entire Sunshine State owe Director Abreu a debt of gratitude for his decades of public service and lasting contributions to our transportation infrastructure. Jose is truly one of a kind, and his boundless energy and sense of humor have helped him to successfully deliver complex, high-stress projects like the massive MIA expansion.”  Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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November 5, 2012

Second Russian carrier now flying to Miami

 

 

Aeroflot Russian Airlines is now offering three weekly nonstop flights between Miami and Moscow. The inaugural flight arrived at Miami International Airport Oct. 30.
The airline joins Transaero, which started offering direct service between the two cities in 2010.
It’s the latest of a handful of new international routes flying to MIA in late 2012. American Airlines starts direct flights four times a week between Asuncion, Paraguay and Miami on Nov. 16 and begins weekly nonstop service between Miami and Roatán, Honduras the next day.

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November 1, 2012

MDAD Honored For Work With DBEs

 

 

The Miami-Dade Aviation Department has been honored for his work supporting disadvantaged business at Miami International (MIA).

Milton Collins, associate director of minority affairs for MDAD, accepted the Minority Enterprise Development Week Advocate of the Year award during the 30th annual MEDWeek awards presentation Oct. 19, which attracted more than 400 attendees from throughout the state.

The division is charged with increasing small, minority and women’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprises at the airport, and it raised participation to 31.8 percent of the airport’s gross revenue in fiscal year 2011; the Federal Aviation Administration’s three-year goal is 20% for fiscal years 2011 to 2013. Gross revenues by concessions at MIA totaled more than $360M, with $114.5M generated by 61 Airport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms.

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October 2012

 

October 30, 2012

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RECOGNIZED FOR ITS PUBLIC ART

 

 

The public art mural, Harmonic Convergence, by Boston-based architect, Christopher Janney, has been recognised by an international panel of experts.

Created for the opening of the MIA people mover system in September 2011, the installation features a 72-foot-long window wall with diamond-shaped panes of coloured glass in front of a white structural steel frame.

With a palette of more than 150 transparent colours, Janney created a gradually changing pattern ranging from deep reds to bright violets, similar to a rainbow.

The project is part of Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places programme.

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October 25, 2012

UNUSUAL ART UNVEILED AT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

 

 

A discarded wheelchair has been converted into an eye-catching art installation at Miami International Airport.

Air Chair – made from wood, steel and the wheelchair – floats above passengers near North Terminal’s gate D-14 was created by New York artist Paul Villinski.

Villinski said he was inspired by wheelchair-bound men he saw on runs close to two veterans’ hospitals on Roosevelt Island.

As a sculptor and paraglider pilot, he said he wanted to contrast the wheelchair with the freedom of flight.

He said: “What I would want, were I confined to a chair by disability or old age? Continue

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October 25, 2012

At the Frontline: Miami International Airport Security Director Lauren Stover

 

 

Airport security has become one of the most intensely debated topics in American culture. Since the federal government took charge of the responsibility through the formation of the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks, there have been numerous security measures put into place to make air travel safer.

Of course many of these measures – the use of body scanners, removing shoes and limiting what passengers can pack in their carry-on bags – has drawn the ire of the flying public and even lawmakers.

However, most Americans have never seen the inner workings of airport security, which includes numerous moving parts and coordination between various law enforcement agencies working to keep passengers safe. Lauren Stover, assistant aviation director for public safety, security and communications at Miami International Airport (MIA), is changing that by taking part in the Travel Channel’s hit new show "Airport 24/7: Miami," which provides viewers with a behind-the-scenes look at how one the nation’s largest and busiest airports tackles security challenges on a daily basis. Click here to see a sneak peak of the show.

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October 19, 2012

Nightline Showcases Miami International Airport Security  

 

 

ABC's Nightline profiled Miami International Airport's security this week.
The news show talked to security personnel at MIA about what they see in the airport day to day and the extensive amount of people, dogs and machinery used to keep the airport safe.

 


In true Miami fashion, security personnel mentioned that in their time working at MIA they have witnessed people smuggling birds, body parts and even human fetuses (which are used as part of a Haitian ritual) in their luggage.

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September 2012

 

September 28, 2012

MIA ready for its close-up  

 

 

As a young boy, Chris Sloan would wander around Miami International Airport in awe of the exotic airlines and glamorous travelers who passed by.

He grew up to be an aviation buff and co-owner of a production company with his wife, and Thursday he showed off his latest work right in the middle of MIA: Airport 24/7: Miami, a series that debuts on the Travel Channel at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

“This place to me was just pure magic,” said Sloan, 43, who lives in North Miami with wife Carla Kaufman Sloan. “This is absolutely a dream come true to be able to participate in telling the story of my hometown airport.”

The show’s first two episodes, screened in the south terminal, were a hit with employees who work at the airport. But the idea did not go over quite so well when Sloan first approached airport officials. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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September 25, 2012

MIA Mover Wins ENR Southeast's First 'Best Safety' Award

 

 

Each year ENR Southeast, ENR and McGraw-Hill Construction strive to make our annual Best Projects competition and awards luncheon bigger and better than before. Of course, annual improvement is a pretty standard goal for events such as these.

But this year, we've got something that we think is pretty special: a new award for outstanding safety. For the first time, ENR Southeast—along with all of ENR's Regional Editions—is singling out one project and recognizing it for its outstanding safety record and job-site procedures. And while safety has always been a factor for our "Best Projects" competition, this award emphasizes its critical nature.

"Safety has always been an important area of ENR's coverage because it is so important to our readers. It has been one of the Best Projects competition's criteria from the beginning, but we think it deserves this special recognition. We are very excited to have a new category and new winner in each region," says Janice L. Tuchman, ENR editor-in-chief.

For ENR Southeast's premier "Best Safety" award, the judges have chosen the Miami International Airport Automated People Mover System project—or "MIA Mover," for short—as the best overall for safety. The project, which was submitted for this year's contest by Parsons-Odebrecht Joint Venture, also was named the "Best" project in the transportation category.

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September 2012

MIAMI’S METAMORPHOSIS

 

 

The North Terminal at Miami International Airport (MIA) boasts an ambitious, eclectic array of world-class food & beverage concepts.

The vast 1.25-mile linear concourse served more than 25 million passengers (65% of the airport’s traffic) last year, a growing traffic base with access to 59,000sq ft of F&B space. But the vibrant offer you see today didn’t come easily, and with 10,000sq ft of extra F&B space coming in 2013, the commercial offer is still a work in progressThe project has attracted a powerful line-up of food & beverage operators, includingwell-known names Global Miami J.V., HMSHost, Areas USA, Concessions International and Newslink. The dining offer ranges from international cuisine such as Italian, Irish, and Japanese to a strong local offer designed to convey the all-important notion of Sense of Place.

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September 2012

The Art of Seduction

 

 

MIA’s Harmonic Convergence one of the world’s airport art installations that “stand out from the crowd.”

The Harmonic Convergence installation is a walkway that links a rental car terminal to Miami International. The walkway combines elements of light, colour and sound
to create a multisensory experience for everyone that walks through. The installation features a wide array of shades and has speakers playing sounds synonymous with Florida, such as tropical birds and thunderstorms. The sounds change according to the density of people, creating an intuitive relationship within the environment.
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August 2012

 

August 31, 2012

PREVIEW & INTERVIEW:  Airport 24/7: Miami - A New TV Show That You Should Not Miss

 

 

 

In the News:

 Travel Channel show features Miami International Airport (video - Local 10 News)

  AIRPORT 24/7: Miami (Airways)

 MIA Is Focus of New Reality Show (video - NBC 6 South Florida News)

 TV showcases Miami producers (Miami Herald)

  New show goes behind the scenes at Miami airport (USA Today)

When my good buddy Chris Sloan (who runs the website Airchive.com) asked me to check out a new airport show he created and is the Executive Producer of — how could I say no? The new series on the Travel Channel, Airport 24/7: Miami, is about airplanes and airports, so I had a feeling I might like what I see.
The show gives a unique, behind-the-scenes look at Miami International Airport (MIA).  With the airport seeing about 40 million passengers per year, there are plenty of opportunities for shenanigans. The show is unapologetic talking about the risk of a terrorist threat or calling out passengers for not being the brightest by having a gun in their carry-on bag. It is refreshing since many reality TV shows (and  I do not watch TV often) seem watered down and poorly acted.

                   


The show does a well-rounded job highlighting what airport operations is all about. In the first episode, Lufthansa tries to turn around their Airbus A380 from Frankfurt in 140 minutes, which is not much time for the world’s largest airliner. It becomes more challenging when Customs and Border Protection randomly decides to take 50 minutes to search the aircraft, causing delays. Of course, it is the airline that has to communicate the delay to the upset passengers.

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August 31, 2012

2nd valet lot open at MIA

 

 

 

 2nd valet lot open at MIA (Miami Herald)

August 31, 2012
A second valet parking lot at Miami International Airport is now open for passengers traveling through MIA’s South Terminal (concourses H and J) who are seeking a quick, convenient parking option.

The new valet parking lot, located inside the Flamingo Garage on the departure level outside of Concourse J, allows customers to drop off their vehicle and walk directly across MIA’s upper drive to the airport’s check-in area for airlines in South Terminal (for a complete list, go to http://www.miami-airport.com/where_to_park.asp). Rates are $18 for less than three hours or daily for $30. MIA’s other valet parking lot inside the Dolphin Garage is located on the departure level outside of North Terminal (Concourse D).

For more information about parking at MIA, go to http://www.miami-airport.com/parking_rates.asp.

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August 28, 2012

American: Miami to Roatan service starts Nov. 17

 

 

By: Arlene Satchell August 28th, 2012 | 10:32 AM
American Airlines announced Monday it plans to begin nonstop service between Miami International Airport  and Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport in Roatan, Honduras on Nov. 17.
The new service will operate every Saturday with Boeing 737 aircraft, which has 16 seats in business class and 144 seats in the economy main cabin, American said in a statement.
 

                   American 737 aircraft, American Airlines/COURTESY


“This new service to Roatan highlights our commitment to provide our customers the premier network in Latin America,” said Art Torno, American’s Vice President – Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. “Our customers now have even more destinations to choose from in this growing region.” Continue

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August 22, 2012

ENR Southeast Announces 2012 'Best Projects' Award Winners   

 

 

Well, it's "Best Projects" time again. It's time to announce this year's winning projects in ENR Southeast's annual Best Projects competition.  This is always an exciting time of year for the staff at ENR Southeast, as we get to recognize the industry's "best" construction and design achievements. 

This year, our independent panel of judges reviewed more than 100 entries, choosing 26 projects across 16 separate categories as worthy of this special recognition. The projects listed below include all of the winners in a category, both the "Best" in category, and those that were runners-up. The top winners in each category will be announced later.

It's a great group of projects that the judges have chosen, as you'll see from the list below. This year, ENR Southeast's competition included entries from the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

More information about each of these projects will be included in the November issue of ENR Southeast. Also, these projects and the teams that built and designed them will be honored at the magazine's annual Best Projects awards luncheon, to be held Nov. 15 in Orlando. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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August 19, 2012

Photo Exhibit Shows Beauty in Ordinary Women Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 

Photo Exhibit Shows Beauty in Ordinary Women

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  Art & Exhibitions @ MIA

 View photos (Miami Herald)

 

 

 

There is a photo exhibit at the Mia Galleries at the Miami International Airport that is a must-see for everyone in Miami-Dade County. The exhibit is called "Women of a New Tribe," and features women selected from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.

Photographed by noted photographer Jerry Taliaferro, the "Women of a New Tribe" photo exhibit premiered in June of 2002 at the Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte, N.C.  According to Yolada Sanchez, director of Airport Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs, the 17 women selected for the Mia Galleries exhibit were nominated by their peers, colleagues and/or supervisors.

The Mia Galleries is in the North Terminal, near Gate 26. Taliaferro and his wife Debra, lie in Charlotte. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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August 7, 2012

Growth at MIA Results in Lower Landing Fees Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Growth at MIA Results in Lower Landing Fees

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In the News:

 MIA becomes more affordable in fiscal year 2013 (CAPA, Centre for Aviation)

 

The nearly 9 percent decline in landing fees at Miami International Airport will make it more affordable for the airline industry.
The Miami-Dade County Aviation Department announced it will lower aircraft landing fees at Miami International Airport, due to its record-setting growth. The nearly 9 percent decline to $1.75 per 1,000 pounds of landed weight from $1.92 is to make MIA more affordable to the airline industry when it takes effect on Oct. 1.

"The ability to significantly decrease MIA's cost to its carriers makes this achievement a huge victory for our primary economic engine, our passengers, and ultimately, our local economy," Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said. "Because the financial burden of operating MIA is funded primarily by airline fees and charges, a lower landing fee at MIA means much-needed financial relief for our existing airlines, and makes the airport more appealing to carriers seeking to start service here."

Last year, MIA led all large U.S. airports in passenger growth with a 7 percent increase. Passengers to the airport have grown an additional 7 percent this fiscal year through June. Freight volumes at MIA have also surged, growing nearly 5 percent this year after slowing because of the global economic downturn to less than 1 percent growth in fiscal year 2011. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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August 3, 2012

Brazilian Design, Art and Craft Exhibition Makes a Splash at Miami International Airport Click here to download Adobe Reader 

The exhibition Sem Fronteiras/Without Borders challenges conventional notions of a singular Brazilian aesthetic or identity.

Organized and co-curated by Miami International Airport Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs Division Director Dr. Yolanda Sánchez and Zoë Melo of TOUCH, a renowned curator and insider of Brazilian design, Sem Fronteiras / Without Borders is an engaging exhibition presenting the very best and most innovative of Brazil's art, design and craft. The show features the imaginative work of 24 Brazilian artists, designers and artisans through ceramics, basketry, textiles, jewelry, furniture and fashion, as well as selective examples of photography and sculpture.

Sem Fronteiras at Miami International Airport

The MIA Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs Program is directed by Dr. Sánchez, who has in recent years set out to organize thoughtful and vibrant exhibitions of arts and crafts from various nations. More than six months in the making, this latest show has not been without its challenges but the result does more than justify the effort. “We are so pleased to host this engaging show, which we hope will promote greater awareness and interest in Brazilian culture and its diverse arts,” said Dr. Sánchez. “This show is important not only because it showcases good design, but it also highlights how design can be integrated with social responsibility – preserving endangered traditions and supporting communities.”

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August 2, 2012

Miami International Airport Passenger, Cargo Traffic Rise Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Passenger andcargo traffic at Miami International Airport rose through the first half of the year. Total passenger traffic through June climbed 6.8 percent to 20.1 million travelers, up 1.2 million from the same time last year, according to the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. International passenger rose 8.1 percent to 9.58 million and domestic travelers grew 5.6 percent to 10.57 million. The latest figures could put the airport on track to reach a new record – 40 million annual passengers.

New routes by American Airlines have contributed to the rise in passenger traffic. The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline has added flights to Seattle, Barcelona and Manaus, Brazil and expanded service between Miami and Rio de Janeiro. In October, Air Berlin will increase service from Dusseldorf, Germany to six times a week and Aeroflot will begin service at MIA with three weekly flights between Moscow and Miami. In November, Swiss International Air Lines is scheduled to add four weekly flights until May 5 to their daily service to Zurich, Switzerland.

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.  Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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July 2012

 

July 31, 2012

New $180 Million Arrivals Center Opens at MIA Click here to download Adobe Reader 

A new international arrivals center just about completes the years-long, $3 billion north terminal project at MIA.

The final phase of a long-awaited, multi-billion dollar Miami International Airport improvement project wraps up Tuesday. The new $180 million international arrivals center, a 400,000-square-foot facility on three levels, starts processing an average of 22,000 people a day after nearly three years of construction.

Tuesday’s opening essentially completes a $3 billion project to expand, beautify and modernize the airport’s north terminal that has been in the works since the mid-1990s. Eleven years after the groundbreaking, all the construction and pardon-our-dust disarray — not to mention cost overruns, delays and embarrassments — are nearly history. “It’s an amazing weight off my shoulders,” said Airport Director José Abreu, who has overseen the project since 2005.

Some of the most recent highlights during the extended renovation include the $130 million Concourse D skytrain, which opened in September of 2010 and the new $220 million baggage handling system, which started operating in March. Those followed the $1.1 billion overhaul of the South Terminal, where Concourses H and J include airlines such as Delta, United, Lufthansa and Air France. This new federal inspection center should spare international travelers the long walks and disorganized lines that have plagued arrivals in the new north terminal, officials say.

For now, Abreu said, the new federal arrivals center is about 85 percent done and the overall North Terminal is 95 percent complete. “The entire north terminal program has been extremely challenging because of staging,” he said. “We had to work while maintaining passenger traffic, sometimes through a maze to be able to turn as much area as we could over to the contractor. It has literally been like retiling your bathroom while you’re taking a shower.”

Just added to the list of new airport amenities last weekend was the new $506 million Metrorail Orange Line that can connect travelers to downtown Miami.
“This is a major one-two victory for the destination,” said William D. Talbert III, president and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. “You’ve got this really state-of-the-art center and rail line. These are game changers.” Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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July 28, 2012

Orange Line Now Offers Service to MIA Click here to download Adobe Reader 

The new Orange Line with service to Miami International Airport went live Saturday. Two service lines make up the 22-mile long Metrorail. The green line will run on the existing track. The new, orange line will run from Dadeland to Miami International Airport.  It will branch off from the old track at the Earlington Heights Station.

Riding the new line from the Earlington Heights Station to Miami International Airport takes approximately four minutes. "The major factor here is ease and travel," said Marc Henderson with Miami International Airport. "That's one thing the airport is always concerned about. How easy is it for you to get to us and then get on the plane to go wherever you're going." Metrorail rides to MIA will cost $2 per trip and $4 per day for parking at the Metrorail lots.

The Orange Line is the result of a $506 million project. It has been in the works since 1984. "It's a comfortable, convenient, and affordable ride into downtown going South," said Ysela Llort with the Miami-Dade Transit. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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July 27, 2012

Miami-Dade County Intermodal Projects Converge at MIA Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Miami-Dade County Intermodal Projects Converge at MIA

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Building Communities, Connecting People: Odebrecht and Partners Contribute to the County's Vision

Tomorrow's grand opening of Metrorail service to the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) will finally integrate Miami-Dade County's rapid-transit system with a transformed Miami International Airport (MIA) -- with much of that connectivity and modernized infrastructure constructed by Odebrecht USA and its Partners. Nearly three decades after Metrorail began heavy-rail operations in 1984, the "missing link" to MIA allows residents and tourists to board the system at any of its 22 downtown and suburban stations and be whisked to the intermodal center, adjacent to MIA, and then hop on the automated MIA Mover light-rail shuttle directly to the airport. The new Miami International Airport Metrorail Station and Orange Line Service is an elevated 2.4-mile spur built by a joint venture of Odebrecht and OHL at a cost of $360 million. "Moving people is what we are all about, and we have now reached the day when our passengers can move seamlessly between various forms of ground transportation, mass transit and air travel," said José Abreu, Director of the County's Aviation Department that operates MIA.

Both AirportLink and MIA Mover won the nation's top safety recognition award, "Star VPP" status from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program recognizes companies that have implemented effective safety and health management systems, and which maintain injury and illness rates below industrial average. Star status is OSHA's highest safety achievement. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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July 26, 2012

Train to Plane: Metrorail Line to Run to MIA Starting Saturday Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Finally, after a 28-year wait, Metrorail will reach Miami International Airport starting Saturday. Miami-Dade Transit will open the new Orange Line from Dadeland South Station in Kendall to the new airport station at the giant Miami Intermodal Center just east of the airport. It’ll be the first new Metrorail line since the elevated train system opened in 1984. “By opening this new line we will be connecting downtown and other areas to the leading economic engine of the county, the airport”, said MDT director Ysela Llort.

Highlights of the Orange Line

• Direct Orange Line trains will run from Dadeland South to the new Miami International Airport station at the Miami Intermodal Center.
• Passengers using the existing Green Line need to transfer to the Orange Line at Earlington Heights station.
• You can park overnight and up to 30 days at three Metrorail stations: South Miami at 5949 Sunset Dr.; Okeechobee at 2005 W. Okeechobee Rd., and Earlington Heights at 2100 NW 41st St.Cost for parking at the three stations is $4 per day. Payment for long-term parking must be made in advance either on the Internet at https://transitstore.miamidade.gov or by calling the EASY Card Center at 786-469-5151 and using credit or debit cards.
• Parking capacity at the three stations: South Miami, 1,774 spaces, Okeechobee, 1,180; Earlington Heights, 350.
• Travel times to MIA from the three overnight-parking stations: South Miami, 23 minutes; Earlington Heights, four minutes, Okeechobee 14 minutes.
• Trains will run seven days a week, 5 a.m.-midnight.
• Plan your trip: Use free iPhone app Miami-Dade Transit Tracker; log onto the Miami-Dade Transit website
www.miamidade.gov/transit, or call the 311 Miami-Dade information line in English, Spanish and Creole.

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July 24, 2012

New International Arrivals Facility to Open at MIA Click here to download Adobe Reader 

The new North Terminal international arrivals facility at Miami International Airport will feature 72 lanes that can process 2,000 passengers per hour.  Miami International Airport will unveil a new three-level North Terminal international arrivals facility on July 31. The 400,000-square foot facility is twice the size of the existing Concourse E facility, according to a news release. International passengers flying into concourses D, E and F will pass through a passport control area featuring 72 lanes that can process 2,000 passengers per hour. Once processed, passengers will collect their checked baggage in a new second-level baggage claim area and then exit on the either the second level for connecting flights or on the first level to the greeter’s lobby.

MIA is one of the only U.S. airports that will have six dedicated lanes for Global Entry, which provides expedited processing for travelers that register with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The international arrivals facility is yet another component of the airport’s $2.9 billion North Terminal. On July 11, the terminal’s long-awaited $220 million automated baggage handling system concluded 105 days of successful operations. MIA ranks No. 1 for international flights at U.S. airports, with nearly 1,300 weekly flights serving 85 international destinations. American Airlines houses its Caribbean and Latin American hub at MIA's North Terminal and the airline and its regional affiliate American Eagle handle nearly 70 percent of Miami airport passengers.

Metrorail’s new Miami International Airport station will open on Saturday, making the airport accessible by mass transit in Miami-Dade and in Broward and Palm Beach counties through its connection to Tri-Rail. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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July 24, 2012

July Sizzles for Brazilian Visitors to Miami Click here to download Adobe Reader 

July Sizzles for Brazilian Visitors to Miami

 

 

Even though the Brazilian economy is cooling off, Brazilian visitors to South Florida are expected to set new records. July is a peak time for visits.

These may be the dog days of summer in South Florida, but for Brazilian visitors, July is prime time. It’s winter vacation season south of the equator, and despite a slowing economy and a weakening currency in South America’s largest country, Brazilians’ appetite for South Florida visits hasn’t waned. Everything from glamorous events to woo Brazilians to buy luxury condos to special shopping tours and cultural activities have been timed for July, the height of the Brazilian social season — in Miami. Even Miami International Airport is unveiling Sem Fronteiras/Without Borders, its new Brazilian art exhibit, on Wednesday, and Vogue Brasil plans to bring out a special 66-page Miami issue at the end of the month. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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July 16, 2012

New Customs Wing at MIA Ready for Grand Opening Click here to download Adobe Reader 

New Customs Wing at MIA Ready for Grand Opening

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Facility to allow faster processing

After a bit of a delay, the new customs and immigration wing at Miami International Airport is ready for its grand opening. Coming into the U.S. through MIA can be a real challenge. "Our old Concourse E facility had reached capacity, so at certain times, we reached a point where we couldn't process them all," said MIA Communications Director Greg Chin. "We had to send some passengers to temporary facilities."

Convenience is key for international travelers. That is why the Sky Train drops them off just one floor above. As soon as they walk into the immigration hall, they realize how massive it is -- a full football field long. The new facility opens July 31 at a cost of $180 million. Its 72 passenger lanes are double the number at the old facility.

It also will include six global entry kiosks, which travelers can use for a small fee. All users have to do is have their passport scanned, their fingerprints taken and their retinas read, and if they are approved, they are on their way. Customs officers have just as much room behind a one-way mirrored wall, and a new baggage area is connected to American Airlines' fully automated baggage handling system. For security, there will be 25 inline explosive detection units at $1 million apiece, X-raying every piece of checked luggage.

"We have five carousels that will open this month, and then at the end of March next year, we will have all 10 carousels working with the new baggage handling system," Chin said. In order to staff the new facility with immigration and customs officers, the airport will temporarily close Concourse E until further notice. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 

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July 16, 2012

New Baggage System Opens at MIA Click here to download Adobe Reader 

New Baggage System Opens at MIA

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MIA moves 30,000-40,000 bags per day

A new multimillion-dollar baggage system is now open at Miami International Airport, and demolition has begun on the old shed. The biggest phase of MIA's $2.9 billion North Terminal has been handled. "You're talking a fully automated system from the ticket counter to the aircraft. It gets screened for explosives and delivered to your gate," said MIA Communications Director Greg Chin.

A labyrinth of conveyor belts stretches a total of 14 miles through the airport. The system can handle 6,000 bags per hour, and currently moves 30,000 to 40,000 bags per day. The fully automated baggage handling system cost $220 million, but it has already processed more than 3 million bags and been handed over to American Airlines.

Also, the demolition of MIA's old baggage shed makes room for three more gates. The old facility has been in operation for 20 years and was not only outdated, but it was in the way. "This is about 100,000 square feet of space and a lot of metal," Chin said.

Now, American's new linear gates are more productive than the old bicycle hub and spoke design. "Flights are able to come in and out now like a two-way street with this baggage shed gone," Chin said. Officials said the new setup will allow American to operate 500 flights per day, rather than 300. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 

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July 12, 2012

Metrorail’s Long-anticipated Miami Airport link Set to Open Soon Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Metrorail’s Long-anticipated Miami Airport link Set to Open Soon

 Sneak preview of new Metrorail MIA station – slideshow (South Florida Business Journal)

For the first time since it opened in 1984, Metrorail will add a new rail line that will link it to Miami International Airport.. Miami-Dade Transit will officially open its 23rd Metrorail station – the new Miami International Airport Station — Saturday, July 28. Trains serving Metrorail’s new Orange Line will take passengers to all stations between Dadeland South and Earlington Heights, continuing west towards the new MIA Station.

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 and from the airport’s MIA Mover. The 2.4-mile Metrorail extension to MIA, which runs parallel to State Road 112 and crosses the Miami River, is considered the centerpiece of the People’s Transportation Plan — the half-penny sales surtax approved by Miami-Dade voters in 2002. Construction of Metrorail’s extension and station were funded with $404.7 million from the PTP surtax and $101.3 million from the Florida Department of Transportation.

“This is such an exciting project for our community, and it’s going to be a huge benefit for our residents and visitors, alike,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “By directly linking our airport to our urban center, we’re joining the ranks of the great world cities – London, Paris, Tokyo – that already enjoy this kind of dynamic, game-changing connectivity.” For more information on the new line and station, visit http://www.miamidade.gov/transit (on mobile devices, http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/mobile); or call 311. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 

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July 11, 2012

Brazilian Carrier GOL Begins MIA Service with Weekly Charter Flights Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Brazilian Carrier GOL Begins MIA Service with Weekly Charter Flights

Brazilian low-cost carrier GOL commenced service to Miami International Airport on July 8 with weekly charter flights, instead of its planned daily service.
GOL was to begin operating five weekly flights on June 29 from São Paulo, Brazil, via Caracas, Venezuela, the airport previously reported. However, GOL must wait for approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation for scheduled route authority before it can begin daily service, according to an MIA news release. The airline is to begin daily service once it receives approval. Brazil ranks as the top international market for MIA. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 

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July 11, 2012

MIA's $220M Baggage System Clears Final Hurdle Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Metrorail to connect to MIA in July

Miami International Airport has completed what Miami-Dade County's aviation director calls "probably the most significant milestone" in the $2.9 billion North Terminal: The $220 million automated baggage handling system has successfully concluded 105 days of operations. MIA's system is designed to screen and transport 6,400 bags per hour from the 1.3-mile-long North Terminal’s 152 ticket counters to 50 aircraft gates. The North Terminal is also known as Concourse D.

The system has already handled more than 3 million bags (about 32,000 per day) and met its performance specifications, a news release from the county said. The system has 22 explosive detection machines, 12 miles of conveyor belts and scanners to identify tags on each bag to send it to the right gate. Miami-Dade Aviation Department Director José Abreu said, “The baggage system is the brain of this 3.5-million-square-foot facility, connecting all 50 gates, and without it North Terminal would not function effectively. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 

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July 5, 2012

Rail Spur May Zip 1 Million to Miami Airport Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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

 

 

 

 

More than three years after breaking ground, the Miami-Dade Metrorail link to Miami International Airport is to start carrying passengers July 28, officials said. The new 2.4-mile track to the airport is expected to shuttle 800,000 to 1.2 million passengers a year to and from the airport along the county Metrorail system.

Called the Orange Line, the airport link, 23rd station on the Metrorail system, will operate from 5 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. The county operated test runs on the airport link June 28-29. Commuters can ride the Orange Line uninterrupted to the airport from Dadeland South heading north to the airport. However, commuters riding the Green Line south from the Palmetto, Hialeah, Northside, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Brownsville stations must transfer to the Orange Line at the Earlington Heights station.

Meanwhile, refurbishing of the 136-car Metrorail fleet, at a cost of $190 million, is underway and should be completed in 2019, according to report to the county commission by the People's Transportation Trust. The current fleet has been in service more than 20 years. The refurbished rail cars are to be fitted with state-of-the-art electronic equipment and high-tech materials, including a new diagnostic system that will allow train operators and maintenance personnel to locate and correct mechanical problems, according to county documents. For security, each rail car is to be fitted with a closed-circuit television system.

The refurbished rail cars will also switch from direct current to alternating current, resulting in the use of less energy and requiring less maintenance, documents show. At least 56 of the rail cars will have new end noses, resembling European high-speed trains, and will be more aerodynamic. In addition to retrofitting the rail cars, the transportation trust is spending more than $15.9 million to upgrade the Metrorail control center. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 

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July 4, 2012

Art on the Fly: Airport Galleries Take Off Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 MIA's Art & Exhibition

  "The Masterpieces" by Kristen Thiele

 

 

 

 

(CNN) -- Busy travelers don't always have time to visit the artistic hotspots in the cities they pass through. But for culture vultures in a hurry, there is another way to experience quality artwork on the fly -- by sampling airport galleries and art installations. Prominent displays of priceless masterpieces and contemporary craftsmanship are now a common feature of many modern airports.

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Passengers take in an exhibition by artist Kirsten Thiele as they await their flight at Miami International Airport. The Division of Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs at MIA says its mission is to "humanize and enrich the airport environment" through exhibitions that "communicate culture, environment and art resources of an international scope." Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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July 2, 2012

High Tech Baggage System Up And Running At MIA Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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Miami International Airport hit a historic milestone Monday. Workers began dismantling what’s known as the “shed”, a slow baggage process that routinely lost baggage, missed flights, and had security shortfalls. Taking its place is a much more high tech baggage system. A 14 mile long conveyor belt will take your bag from check-in, through TSA security, and onto your plane automatically. Not only does it make your bags more secure it moves them quicker.

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Juan Carlos Arteaga, the man in charge of the north terminal construction, showed us the system Monday in an exclusive behind the scenes tour.  For a system that does something so simple, move bags, it is a very complex operation. “They told me it’s easier to put a man on the moon than to develop this baggage handling system.  It’s very very complicated,” Arteaga said. The system was so complicated they actually designed, built, and opened the entire south terminal in half the time it took to get this thing running. “If something doesn’t work you cannot make it work.  So what we did is we improved the system to the point it could be salvaged,” Arteaga explained.

Moving forty thousand bags a day on the largest baggage system in the United States almost didn’t happen.  American Airlines actually wanted to scrap the system in 2005. The county took over and Arteaga gave it one more shot.  After 105 days of testing they finally handed they system back over to American fully operational. “It did really, really well,”  Arteaga said. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 

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July 2012

Innovative New Airport Terminals Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Innovative New Airport Terminals

 The New MIA

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Miami International Airport, North Terminal Development Program

Opening Date: Summer 2012
Many Americans traveling to Latin America and the Caribbean have regarded passing through Miami’s dingy, cramped international terminal as a necessary evil. Now, after decades of planning, the final phase in the new North Terminal is nearing completion: its 72-lane federal inspection area can process 2,000 passengers hourly, and an eight-lane re-check area is dedicated exclusively to those connecting between international flights. “Once the final phase is complete, Miami will have a 50-gate super-concourse that will serve as a far more respectable ‘front door’ to the U.S.,” says John DiScala of JohnnyJet.com.

Kudos For: An AirportLink Metrorail extension that will speed connections to downtown Miami—unless you get distracted by the 20-plus new concessions and luxury shops that opened in the airport last year, carrying brands such as Coach, Emporio Armani, Mont Blanc, and Thomas Pink.

Who Flies Here: American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia.

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July 2, 2012

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

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

Just in time for the busiest travel week of the summer, American Airlines premium customers at Miami International Airport (MIA) will enjoy an expedited and personalized check-in experience as American opens 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.  Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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