(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Beginning July 31, 2012, international passengers flying Miami International Airport hub carrier American Airlines and all other airlines in concourses D, E and F will be welcomed to the U.S. by a new three-level, 400,000-square-foot international arrivals facility 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 the Concourse D skytrain, for quick access from any of the 47 gates in North Terminal within four minutes.
Upon arrival at the new facility, international travelers will be greeted by a passport control area featuring 72 lanes that can process 2,000 passengers per hour - twice the capacity of Concourse E's 36 lanes. MIA is also one of the only U.S. airports with six dedicated lanes for Global Entry, which provides expedited processing for travelers who have registered with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
North Terminal International Arrivals Facility
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Once processed, passengers will collect their checked bags in a spacious new second-level baggage claim area and then exit on either the second level for connecting flights or to the first level greeter's lobby. Befitting for one of the top international gateways to the U.S., the terrazzo floor of the new greeter's lobby features a rendering of the globe titled “Gateway of the World.”
North Terminal's new international arrivals facility opens at a time when visitors to Miami-Dade County are at record-breaking numbers. MIA is now the top U.S. airport for international flights, with nearly 1,300 weekly flights serving 85 international destinations. With American Airlines and American Eagle combining to handle nearly 70 percent of MIA's passengers, and with 95 percent of Miami-Dade County's visitors arriving through MIA, the new North Terminal facility will soon be the County's main front door to the world. For more information about the new MIA, visit www.miami-airport.com