(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Miami International Airport opened its new front door to the world on Tuesday, July 31, when the North Terminal international arrivals facility began welcoming passengers arriving on hub carrier American Airlines and all other airlines in concourses D, E and F. The new three-level, 400,000-square-foot center is twice the size of the existing Concourse E facility and is capable of processing 2,000 passengers per hour. The dazzling new area, projected to reduce international connections by an average of 30 minutes, is located in the middle of North Terminal and is adjacent to the Concourse D skytrain for quick access from any of the 47 gates in North Terminal within four minutes.
Upon arrival at the new facility, international travelers will be greeted by a passport control area featuring 72 lanes - double the 36 lanes in Concourse E. MIA is also one of the only U.S. airports with six dedicated lanes for Global Entry, which provides expedited processing for travelers who have registered with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Once processed, passengers will collect their checked bags in a spacious new second-level baggage claim area and then exit on either the second level for connecting flights or to the first level greeter's lobby. Befitting for one of the top international gateways to the U.S., the terrazzo floor of the new greeter's lobby features a rendering of the globe titled “Gateway of the World.”
“The opening of the new international arrivals facility is another big step forward in MIA's expansion, which solidifies our position as one of the Western Hemisphere's leading airports,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “MIA now boasts more international flights than any other U.S. airport and this new facility allows us to serve the upsurge of international passengers that comes along with being number one.”
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 http://www.miami-airport.com.