What's New @ MIA - 2011 (2nd Quarter)

 

 

June 2011

 

 

This summer Dutch airline ArkeFly will offer two new destinations: Orlando and Miami in the Sunshine State. Starting June 24, ArkeFly will operate, every Monday and Friday, a non-stop scheduled service between Amsterdam and Florida. First stop in Florida will be Orlando-Stanford International Airport. After Orlando the flight will continue to Miami International Airport and non-stop back to Amsterdam. ArkeFly will be the only Dutch airline that offers non-stop scheduled flights to these two destinations in Florida.

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When flying with ArkeFly, passengers can choose the popular “open jaw” option. This means that passengers can fly non-stop from Amsterdam to Orlando, discover Florida by car and return non-stop to Amsterdam from Miami International Airport.  ArkeFly is a Dutch airline that is based in the Netherlands and operates to many destinations around the Mediterranean, Finland, and long haul destinations in the Caribbean, South America, Africa and Asia. For additional information, visit www.arkefly.nl.

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June 15, 2011

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On Wednesday, June 15, 2011, Virgin Atlantic marked 25 years of flying between Miami and London. As part of the celebrations, Sir Richard Branson was joined at Miami International Airport on the wing of a Boeing 747-400 Virgin Atlantic aircraft by British singer, Sarah Harding.

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Virgin Atlantic Airways was founded in 1984, and currently has 38 aircraft in its fleet. Virgin Atlantic offers service from 10 US cities to London and onto a range of destinations worldwide. From its main base at London Heathrow and Gatwick, Virgin Atlantic services Las Vegas, Tokyo, Delhi, Boston and Shanghai. Virgin Atlantic received a number of 2010 travel trade awards including for the third consecutive year, Travel Weekly’s "Best International Airline," Global Traveler’s "Best Airline for Premium Economy Class," Business Traveler’s "Best Premium Economy Class in the World" and for the first time, "Best Airport Clubs/Lounges."  


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Since the airline’s first flight in 1986, Virgin Atlantic’s fleet has flown a total of 67 million miles to and from Miami and served clientele with over five million of their signature meals and ice cream. Passengers who have travelled in Upper Class and Premium Economy have also enjoyed 165,000 bottles of champagne, which equates to 990,000 glasses served since launch. Branson added: ‘Our promise to our passengers when we launched the route was to offer a fantastic quality of service and innovation onboard at great value and I believe that we continue to fulfill that promise 25 years later.’ Continue Adobe

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June 10, 2011

 

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MIA Lands A380 - countdown to arrival!

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  TAP Portugal Introduces Four Weekly Nonstop Service Between Miami and Lisbon

TAP Portugal, the Portuguese flagship airline will establish a strong presence at Miami International Airport with the introduction of four weekly nonstop flights between Miami and Lisbon starting June 6th, 2011. These new flights will operate in addition to the airline's existing service between Newark and the two Portuguese cities of Lisbon and Porto.

TAP Portugal Introduces Four Weekly Nonstop Service Between Miami and Lisbon

With the introduction of its nonstop route between Miami and Portugal, TAP provides the South Florida market nonstop access to its modern hub airport of Lisbon, Europe's most western entry point gateway.

TAP's flights from Miami to Lisbon will be the shortest transatlantic crossing of any carrier to Europe (taking only 8 hours). From Lisbon, TAP Portugal is able to offer connections to all major destinations in Europe without having to geographically "backtrack."   Continue

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Flash Mob Delivers Joy at Miami International Airport 

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TAP Portugal Flash Mob Event celebrating TAP’s new Miami-Lisbon route.


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June 7, 2011.
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May 2011


 

 

Congratulations to MIA's Airport-wide Reward & Recognition Winners!

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Congratulations to Francisco Villafane
Miami-Dade Aviation Department
R&R Winner for April 2011

MIA's Memorial Day Weekend Events

Congratulations to the R&R Winner for March 2011
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Enrique Herrera and Saily Arbesun
Air Transport IT Services, Inc.
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Congratulations to the R&R Winner for February 2011
Congratulations to Donaville Rowe
American Airlines
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New MIA Exhibition Showcases Rwandan Art with a Purpose

 

Miami International Airport’s latest art exhibition, Rwanda: A Path to Peace, features intricately woven baskets by women from former warring tribes within the African country who have literally found a common thread after a violent conflict in 1994 that led to nearly one million deaths.


Pictured from left to right: Tony Okonmah, President of the Foundation for Democracy in Africa; Andrew Shirly, Rwanda American Chamber of Commerce (RACC) membership coordinator; Yolanda Sánchez, Ph.D., Miami-Dade Aviation Department Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Division Director; Carrington Bester, Miami Carol City Senior High School graduate and Rwanda exchange student; Christelle Irakoze, RACC volunteer; Huberte Dushine, RACC volunteer; and Charles S. Gasana, RACC Director and Founder.

The exhibition, on display through December in MIA's South Terminal Gallery, opened on May 18 during the anniversary of Rwanda’s 100-day war from April to July in 1994 that tore the nation apart and left its population ratio at 70 percent women. With the support of various non-profit groups, thousands of these women from both the Hutu and Tutsi tribes have turned to basket weaving as a source of economic development, reconciliation and rebuilding, as they now weave side by side. Continue

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May 17, 2011

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  MIA Lands A380 - June 10, 2011

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  • Largest passenger airliner in the world (football field-sized aircraft)
  • 237 ft. long (equal to two blue whales)
  • 79 ft. high tail (five giraffes)
  • 263 ft. wingspan (35 wedge-tail eagles)
  • 1.3 million lb. (165 elephants)
  • 5,150 cubic ft of cargo and baggage hold (or 35 million ping pong balls)
  • 53 ft. long inflatable emergency slides (longer than a double-decker bus)
  • 330 miles of wiring (distance between Paris and Frankfurt)
  • 4 million parts produced by 1,500 companies from 30 countries
  • Can hold up to 853 passengers

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Miami Starts Year with First Quarter "Customer Cup" Win

American Airlines employees at Miami International Airport (MIA) are celebrating this week with a customer service victory as the airline announced the top five airports to be honored for improved customer experience and innovative problem solving for the first quarter of 2011. The program is called the "Customer Cup," and the winners are announced each quarter.

American Airlines Awards Miami International Airport for Improved Customer Service

"We are proud to hold the record for the most Customer Cups. It was truly a combined effort from all work groups here in Miami to win the latest Cup title," said Marilyn DeVoe, Vice President Miami. "Continued improvement each quarter is key to our success in South Florida and across the system." Continue.

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  Donald J Pliner Partners with the Miami Symphony Orchestra for "Unsuspected Spaces" Concert at MIA
Donald J Pliner today announced its participation in the “Music In Unsuspected Spaces” event, partnering with The Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) and Miami International Airport (MIA). The prominent footwear brand will be donating approximately ninety (90) pairs of their well-known shoes for the talented artists to perform in.

Music in Unsuspected Spaces
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Kicking-off MISO’s “Music in Unsuspected Spaces” series of community concerts, Donald J Pliner will dress the association with sophisticated and classic styles for their first performance on May 14, 2011. The full-piece orchestra will flaunt their “mile-high” styled footwear while welcoming airline passengers into Miami International Airport’s South Terminal with a performance of enjoyable tunes

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May 2011

If you’re flying to the Caribbean or Latin America, there is a good chance you’ll be spending some time at Miami International Airport. All through the sprawling collection of concourses from the North to the South terminal, you’ll find a plethora of options from shops to restaurants to even spas.

Best Places to Spend Time at MIA

There are so many more ways to pass the time than there were in the past as the airport’s extensive improvement project nears completion. If you are flying through the new Concourse D at the North Terminal which serves American Airlines and American Eagle (our official airlines), look out for some of our latest discoveries. Continue.

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  New Shula’s Bar & Grill Opens at MIA

HMS Host - Bacardi Mojito Bar with Lorena Garcia Cocina opens at Miami International Airport

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New Shula’s Bar & Grill Opens at MIA (Sun Sentinel)
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Shula’s Bar & Grill , a new dining concept by the Shula Family of restaurants officially opened last week at Miami International Airport’s North Terminal. The eatery, named after famed NFL coach and Hall of Famer Don Shula is located post-security in Concourse D, and joins several other new restaurants that have opened in the terminal recently.

New Shula’s Bar & Grill Opens at MIA
Celebrating the grand opening, left to right: Jeff Yablun, HMSHost; George Tinsley, Jr., Tinsley Family Concessions; Dave Shula, President, Coach Don Shula, Founder, and Mary Anne Shula, CEO, Shula's Steak Houses, LLLP; and José Abreu, Director, Miami-Dade Aviation Department (Photo: HMSHost)

“Shula’s Bar & Grill was made especially for airports to offer a modern and energetic space where travelers can count on getting great food from a legendary restaurant brand,” Shula’s President Dave Shula said in a statement. The airport-based Shula’s offerings include a selection of hamburgers, fresh salads, appetizers, cocktails, wines and menu highlights include sweet chili chicken bites, charcuterie and crab cakes, to name a few. Continue.

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  Passenger Traffic at MIA in First Quarter is Best Ever

MIA -- Passenger Traffic at MIA in First Quarter is Best Ever

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Miami International Airport sets Q1 Passenger Record (South Fla. Business Journal)
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MIA Welcomes Record-Breaking Number Of Passengers(CBS Miami)
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After setting a new record for annual passenger traffic in 2010, Miami International Airport continued to reach new heights in the first quarter of 2011 with the most passengers ever during that period. MIA served more than 9.3 million travelers in the first three months of the year for an increase of 6.1 percent over the same period last year. Through March, international passenger traffic jumped 7.95 percent and domestic passengers grew 4.55 percent over last year.

MIA's traffic was boosted by record-breaking numbers from American Airlines. On Saturday, March 12, the airline boarded 39,283 passengers at MIA - a record day for their Miami hub. The next day on Sunday, March 13, marked the second-highest figures for boarded passengers, with 38,914 customers. Despite a fire at the airport's fuel farm on March 23 that caused hundreds of canceled and delayed flights, passenger traffic for the month of March still grew five percent over last year.

Passenger traffic at MIA in 2010 grew by five percent for a new all-time annual record of 35.7 million passengers. See the attached report for a complete list of MIA's 2011 first quarter statistics. Continue.

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April 2011


 

  The Counter Custom Built Burgers Lands at MIA

HMS Host - Bacardi Mojito Bar with Lorena Garcia Cocina opens at Miami International Airport

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Premium Burger Restaurant Opens First Airport Location and introduces a New Breakfast Menu in Partnership with HMSHost Corporation

Grilled pineapple, roasted corn and black bean salsa, country buttermilk ranch dressing, Cuban Mojo sauce, fried plantains, dill pickle chips and a new breakfast menu are just a few of the many choices available at The Counter® Custom Built Burgers at Miami International Airport, which opened on March 3, 2011. The premium build-your-own burger restaurant known for offering more than 300,000 possible combinations is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Terminal D at Miami International Airport in partnership with HMSHost Corporation, a world leader in travel dining and shopping.

The Counter Custom Built Burgers is located post-security in Terminal D between Gates 32-33. Continue.

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  Bacardi Mojito Bar with Lorena Garcia Cocina Opens at MIA

HMS Host - Bacardi Mojito Bar with Lorena Garcia Cocina opens at Miami International Airport

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Travelers cheered olé today as Master ConcessionAir, Lorena GARCIA Cocina, and HMSHost celebrated the grand opening of Bacardi Mojito Bar, an authentic and fun cocktail bar making its debut at Miami International Airport (MIA).

“We proudly welcome the new Bacardi Mojito Bar to MIA’s North Terminal, where thousands of daily passengers in this area of the airport can enjoy one of Miami’s signature beverages in numerous variations as well as fine dining by Lorena GARCIA Cocina,” said Adrian Songer, Miami-Dade Aviation Department Commercial Operations Chief. “Congratulations to Master ConcessionAir, Lorena GARCIA Cocina and HMSHost for opening another exceptional dining option at MIA.”

Bacardi Mojito Bar with Lorena Garcia Cocina opens at Miami International Airport
Celebrating the grand opening of Bacardi Mojito Bar and Lorena GARCIA Cocina, left to right: Jason R. Dyke, Brand Manager Bacardi USA Inc, Peter Amaro, President & COO, Master ConcessionAir, Chef Lorena Garcia, Miguel Southwell, MDAD Deputy Director of Business Development and Retention, and José Abreu, Miami- Dade Aviation Director.

Located post-security in the new North Terminal on Concourse D, Bacardi Mojito Bar serves an extensive selection of premium signature rums, such as Bacardi Superior, Bacardi Gold and Bacardi Limon. The premium Bacardi Anejo is served straight up or mixed into a signature cocktail of choice. The experience at Bacardi Mojito Bar is highlighted by a diverse menu created by celebrity chef Lorena Garcia, one of the country’s leading Latina chefs. Continue.

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GMCVB Unveils Illuminated Welcome Wall to Greet Arriving Passengers to U.S. Customs Area at MIA

GMCVB UNVEILS ILLUMINATED WELCOME WALL TO GREET ARRIVING PASSENGERS TO U.S. CUSTOMS AREA AT MIA

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As part of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (GMCVB) ongoing commitment to customer service and partnership with MIA, the GMCVB proudly unveiled this week the installation of a spectacular illuminated welcome wall located in the U.S. Customs area of Central Terminal, Concourse E. The stunning, colorful floor to ceiling back-lit panels blend words of welcome in multiple languages with striking images of the beauty and excitement that awaits visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches where everyone is welcome to “Express Yourself”.

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Miami-Dade Aviation Department Director José Abreu and Deputy Director Ken Pyatt along with Roland Suliveras, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Port Director at MIA joined GMCVB Chair Steven Haas; GMCVB President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME; and GMCVB Executive Vice President & CMO Rolando Aedo, CDME in the official unveiling of the illuminated welcome wall that now greets visitors upon arrival.

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MIA Honors Ray Simpson with Volunteer of the Year Award

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“We are so proud of Ray and his dedication to customer service at MIA,” said Aviation Director José Abreu. “We want every employee and volunteer to be an ambassador for MIA and Ray is one of the best.”

Pictured from left to right: Simpson family members with MIA Volunteer Ambassador of the Year winner Ray Simpson; MDAD Aviation Director José Abreu; Assistant County Manager Ysela Llort; MDAD Terminal Operations and Customer Service Division Director Dickie Davis; MDAD Deputy Director of Operations Ken Pyatt; and GMCVB President and CEO Bill Talbert.
Pictured from left to right: Simpson family members with MIA Volunteer Ambassador of the Year winner Ray Simpson; MDAD Aviation Director José Abreu; Assistant County Manager Ysela Llort; MDAD Terminal Operations and Customer Service Division Director Dickie Davis; MDAD Deputy Director of Operations Ken Pyatt; and GMCVB President and CEO Bill Talbert.

Simpson received a plaque and two tickets from American Airlines to travel anywhere in the Continental U.S., the Caribbean, Canada or Mexico. For more information about volunteering at MIA, please visit. Continue.

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Experience The Everglades Photography Exhibit Debuts at MIA

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Miami-Dade Aviation Department’s Division of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs

Everglades Foundation

Everglades National Park

In the News: Airports roll out welcome mat for art exhibitions (USA Today)
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A View of the Everglades (Diario de las Américas - translated from Spanish)
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Una Visión de los Everglades (Diario de las Américas - Spanish version)
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International passengers arriving at Miami International Airport’s North Terminal will virtually step off the plane and into America’s Everglades with Experience the Everglades, a collection of 26 vivid, large-scale photographs featuring the reserve’s wildlife and landscapes that now line the walls of the terminal’s international arrivals corridor. The exhibition, which is on display through December, is a partnership between the Miami-Dade Aviation Department’s Division of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs, Everglades National Park (U.S. National Park Service) and the Everglades Foundation.

Experience the Everglades - Arts and Exhibitions, Miami International Airport

“The exhibition is designed to increase awareness of the Everglades globally by giving our international passengers a sampling of it in all its wonder and encourage them to visit in person,” said Yolanda Sánchez, Ph.D., Miami-Dade Aviation Department Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Division Director. “As Marjory Stoneman Douglas once said, ‘there are no other Everglades in the world.’”

Experience the Everglades - Arts and Exhibitions, Miami International Airport

“The great news about Everglades National Park and the ecosystem that supports 67 threatened or endangered species is that passionate, dedicated people are working hard to protect and restore its wonders for all to see,” said Kirk Fordham, CEO, Everglades Foundation. “The stunning photography in this exhibit makes us all appreciate its grandeur and relevance.” Continue.

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American Eagle Launches Service Between MIA and La Romana. Dominican Republic

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American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, announced today it will launch daily nonstop service to the La Romana International Airport (LRM) from Miami International Airport (MIA), beginning April 5. The new service will be operated with 50-seat ERJ-145 jet aircraft.

American Eagle Launches Service Between MIA and La Romana. Dominican Republic
Galo Beltran, Director of Business Planning for American Eagle, Florida, Bahamas and Caribbean

“La Romana, the official airport for Casa de Campo, has always been popular with our Miami travelers,” said Peter Dolara, American's Senior Vice President based in Miami. “We are pleased to offer our customers more options to visit this Caribbean paradise.” Casa de Campo, one of the Dominican Republic’s premier resorts, is a world-famous destination renowned for its luxury hotel rooms and villas, variety of world-class facilities, cuisine and award-winning golf courses. Continue.

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Lufthansa to Introduce First-ever A380 Service to Miami

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Daily flights begin June 10th – Miami is the sixth destination for Lufthansa’s A380 – New First Class cabin now available to Miami travelers

Today Lufthansa announced that it will be the first airline to offer scheduled Airbus A380 service to Miami with daily flights between Frankfurt and the “Sunshine State” beginning June 10, 2011. “Lufthansa’s announcement of the A380 coming to MIA is a pinnacle moment we have eagerly anticipated for many years,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director José Abreu. “We are honored to be one of the first U.S. airports Lufthansa has chosen for A380 service and we greatly look forward to welcoming the historic first flight from Frankfurt in June.”

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Virtual tour of Lufthansa's A380 aircraft

Flight LH463 will leave Miami at 4:10 p.m. and arrive in Frankfurt at 7:15 a.m. the following day; the return flight LH462 will depart Frankfurt at 9:55 a.m. and arrive back into Miami International Airport at 1:50 p.m. (all local time; flight times will fluctuate slightly depending on the day of the week). Starting today, these flights are available for booking on www.lufthansa.com with rates from Miami to Frankfurt starting at $614 (one way fare based on roundtrip purchase; including taxes). Continue.

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