For Immediate Release:
November 19, 2012

Media Contact:
Greg Chin



(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
More than 888,000 passengers are expected at Miami International Airport (MIA) during the eight-day Thanksgiving travel week from Monday, November 19 to Monday, November 26, for an increase of 1.1 percent over the same travel period in 2011. The busiest days are projected to be Sunday, November 25, and Monday, November 26, with more than 119,000 passengers on both days.  Below are tips to make traveling through MIA easier:

  • Departing passengers should arrive at MIA two hours before a domestic flight and two and a half hours before an international flight to allow sufficient time for parking, walking to the airline check-in area and screening at the security checkpoint. 
  • Ample parking is available in the Dolphin and Flamingo garages for a maximum daily rate of $17 or $2 for 20 minutes up to two hours and 40 minutes.  For ticket counter and parking locations, go to
  • The Aviation Department offers an on-site Economy Park and Ride lot at 1350 N.W. 45th Avenue for $3 per hour for the first two hours or a daily rate of $8.  Free shuttle service between the economy lot and the airport is provided every 10 to 15 minutes from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and every 20 to 25 minutes from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.  For more information, go to (  
  • Valet parking is available at the Dolphin Garage on the departure level outside of North Terminal D or the Flamingo Garage on the departure level outside of South Terminal J. Valet parking allows customers to drop off their vehicle with a parking attendant and walk directly to MIA's check-in area.  Rates are $18 for less than three hours or daily for $30.  Learn more at
  • Orange Line Metrorail service to MIA from any Miami-Dade Transit Metrorail station is available for a fare of only $2.  Overnight and long-term parking is available for up to 30 days at $4 per night at the Earlington Heights, Okeechobee and South Miami Metrorail stations.  For more information, go to


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