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December 2012

 

Brazilian Low-Cost Carrier GOL Expands to Daily Service at MIA

 

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Low-cost carrier GOL (GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes), Brazil’s second-largest airline and the nation’s top low-cost carrier, expanded to daily scheduled service between Sao Paulo and Miami International Airport on Saturday, December 15.  The inaugural flight of the new daily service was welcomed to MIA with a water cannon salute from Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue.  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. 

GOL joins American Airlines and TAM as the airlines that now provide daily flights between Sao Paulo and Miami. During 2011, more than 1.4 million passengers traveled between MIA and seven destinations in Brazil (Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Sao Paulo), making the country MIA’s top international market.  Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader


  

 

November 2012

 

Donate and Support Our Community  

Visitors are invited to supports parks and pets by donating unwanted currency to The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and Miami-Dade Animal Services.  Currency Collection Bins are conveniently located in the North and South Terminals near Currency Exchange stations.  For more information on these worthy causes, visit http://www.miamidade.gov/parks_foundation/
and
http://www.miamidade.gov/animals/.


  

 

 

Traveling Photo Exhibition at MIA Celebrates Black American Women Click here to download Adobe Reader 

The Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) hosted an opening reception on August 10 for Women of a New Tribe, a photographic celebration of the Black American woman recently installed in Miami International Airport’s North Terminal near Gate D-26.  Seventeen MDAD employees now join other women from across the country in the exhibition, which made its Florida debut at MIA.


  Miami-Dade Aviation Department Director José Abreu, MDAD Senior Procurement Contract Officer Margaret Moss and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss stand by Mrs. Moss’ photograph. Enlarge image

Women of a New Tribe was created by North Carolina photographer Jerry Taliaferro to “honor the physical and spiritual beauty of the Black American woman, emphasizing her soulfulness - her spirit of hope, compassion, love and nobility,” according to Miami-Dade Aviation Department Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Director Yolanda Sánchez, Ph.D. Taliaferro presents his subjects in the dramatic, high-glamour style reminiscent of Hollywood photography from the 1930s and 1940s, and the photographs explore themes such as tribal beauty, portraiture and family relationships. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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Airport 24/7: Miami Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Travel Channel grants viewers an all-access pass inside the intense and dramatic world of one of the busiest airports in the U.S. in its new original six-episode series, “Airport 24/7: Miami.” Premiering with a special one-hour season opener featuring back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, October 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, each weekly half-hour show goes beyond the terminal for an unprecedented look at the inner workings of Miami International Airport, also known as MIA.  With nearly 40 million passengers a year, MIA is the size of a small city – and considered a “Category X” airport, a prime target for a terrorist attack.  Viewers will meet the steadfast MIA team whose jobs it is to keep one of America’s largest airports running around the clock, and see what it takes to fight terrorism, intercept drug smugglers, secure a presidential landing, manage severe weather and much more.


The stars of the series: from left to right, Albert Cordeschi, Heidi Anthony, Dickie DavisKen PyattLauren Stover, Ericka Middleton, Darius Bradshaw, Chris Rutledge and Tony Cooper. Photo: Travel Channel.

“Airport 24/7: Miami” is produced by 2C Media for Travel Channel. For 2C Media, the executive producers are Chris Sloan, Carla Kaufman Sloan and Shari Solomon Cedar.  For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Bill Howard. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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MIA Becomes More Affordable in Fiscal Year 2013 Click here to download Adobe Reader 

New Customs Wing at MIA Ready for Grand Opening

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In the News:

 Growth at MIA Results in Lower Landing Fees (South Florida Business Journal)
 MIA becomes more affordable in fiscal year 2013 (CAPA, Centre for Aviation)

 

The Miami-Dade County Aviation Department today announced that it will be lowering its aircraft landing fee at Miami International Airport (MIA) by nearly nine percent effective October 1, 2012, making MIA more affordable to the airline industry. Thanks to another record-setting year of passenger and cargo growth in fiscal year 2012, the Aviation Department will be lowering MIA's landing fee from $1.92 to $1.75 per 1,000 pounds of landed weight for the 2013 fiscal year (October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013).

 


Photo by Heery S&G and JJGillan

After leading all large U.S. airports in passenger growth with a seven-percent increase last year, MIA has grown another seven percent this fiscal year through June. Freight volumes at MIA, the County's top economic engine, have also surged to grow nearly five percent this fiscal year after slowing to less than one percent growth in fiscal year 2011 because of the global economic downturn.

As a result of MIA's growth, the Aviation Department will be carrying over $85 million of the surplus realized this year into fiscal year 2013, allowing it to begin the new fiscal year with 20 percent of its budget already funded. In addition, the Department will now be able to set aside a year's worth of debt payments to pay back bonds sold for MIA's new people mover system to the Miami Intermodal Center. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader

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October 2012

 

Russian Carrier Aeroflot Launches Service at MIA

 


 

On October 30, Miami International Airport welcomed the inaugural flight from Moscow to Miami by Aeroflot Russian Airlines, Russia's largest passenger air carrier.

The carrier will now provide three weekly non-stop flights between Moscow and MIA using Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Aeroflot joins existing Russian carrier Transaero at MIA. Together, they offer five weekly flights to Moscow’s two international airports, Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo. The two carriers serve a growing Russian resident and visitor population in greater Miami, with passenger traffic between Russia and the U.S. growing by 24 percent in 2011.

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Three New Art Projects in Peculiar Places at MIA 

 

New Customs Wing at MIA Ready for Grand Opening

 

Three areas of Miami International Airport some may consider ordinary are now extraordinary, thanks to three new innovative art installations.

   

Air Chair, a construction of a discarded wheelchair and steel and wood materials that floats above passengers near North Terminal’s gate D-14, was inspired by wheelchair-bound men whom New York artist Paul Villinski saw during his frequent jogs near two Veteran Affairs hospitals on Roosevelt Island. As a sculptor and paraglider pilot, he wanted to contrast the image of limitation (a wheelchair) with the freedom of flight.  Catching the eyes of passengers walking to and from Concourse D skytrain Station 1 is Roberto Juarez’ MIA Flower Fence, a painted mural that juxtaposes botanical-style renderings of Florida wildflowers with the geometric patchwork designs of Florida’s Miccosukee Tribe of Indians.  Greeting travelers at the exit doors between the South Terminal international greeter’s lobby and the Flamingo parking garage is Hortensia, two kaleidoscopic mixed-media murals by local artist Aramis O’Reilly.  Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 
  

 

August 2012

 

 

MIA Opens Second Valet Parking Lot For Easier Access

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). Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader


  

 

 

July 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.

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

 

New Customs Wing at MIA Ready for Grand Opening

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In the News:

 New Metrorail Orange Line to MIA Opens (Miami Herald)

 Photos (Miami Herald)

  All Aboard: Metrorail Now Goes To Miami Int’l Airport (video - CBS Miami)

 Orange Line Now Offers Service to Miami International Airport (video - Local 10)

 Miami's Airport Metrorail Station Opens (video – WSVN 7 News)

 Airport Metrorail Opens (video - Yahoo News)

 

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.

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Photo by Steven Brooke - Odebrecht

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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Swiss Adds Flight on MIA-ZRH Route Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Swiss International Air Lines announced today that it is adding another flight to its current MIA-ZRH route this fall offering passengers more choices to Switzerland and beyond.

Starting November 29, the new flight will offer service to Zurich an additional four times a week beyond the current daily schedule. An Airbus A330-300 will service the route complete with First, Business and Economy classes of service. The new flight will operate until May 5, 2013.

Swiss AddsS Flight on MIA-ZRH Route

As the airline of Switzerland, SWISS stands for excellent service and traditional values. SWISS is fully dedicated to providing the highest possible quality in all its products and services. “With the addition of this flight, we are responding to the needs of our customers and are pleased to be able to offer more options to South Florida travellers,” said SWISS Director USA Sales Annette Reantragoon.

According to Miami international Airport, an estimated 38.3 million passengers travel through the airport with 18.4 million international passengers leading the way. “We can attest to the fact that it is a popular destination for our westbound customers as well,” said Ms. Reantragoon adding that current seat load factors on the existing flight are in the low 90s. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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

(Miami Herald) - 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.


(Click to download map - Miami Herald)

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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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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In the News:

 View video (Local 10)

  New International Arrivals Facility to Open at MIA (South Florida Business Journal)

 MIA’s New International Arrivals Facility Opens July 31 (Sun Sentinel)

 MIA international arrivals facility opens 31 July (The Real Deal)

 

 

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.

New Customs Wing at MIA Ready for Grand Opening

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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Sem Fronteiras/Without Borders

MIA Galleries presents Sem Fronteiras/Without Borders

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In the News:

 Brazilian Design, Art and Craft Exhibition Makes a Splash at Miami International Airport (PR Web)

On July 25, Miami-Dade Aviation officials and Consul General of Brazil Ambassador Hélio Vitor Ramos F. gathered at Miami International Airport's South Terminal Gallery to celebrate the world debut of Sem Fronteiras/Without Borders, a collection of innovative work by 23 Brazilian artists, artisans and designers from various regions of the country. The exhibition, on display at MIA's South Terminal Gallery through December, is presented by Miami-Dade Aviation Department's Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs Division and Zoë Melo of TOUCH, a renowned curator of Brazilian design.

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With an emphasis on local resources, each artist brings their own vision and cultural influence to their work, which includes textiles, jewelry, furniture, ceramics, basketry, fashion, photography, painting and sculpture, creating an exhibit that traverses the Brazilian landscape. Highlighted throughout the exhibition is the importance of community, the preservation of traditions and local skills through product design, the use of natural materials offering sustainable alternatives and a commitment to social responsibility that captures the spirit of Brazil.

 

July 2012 - December 2012

 
South Terminal Gallery
International Greeters Lobby
and 4th floor level Mezzanine

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

New Baggage System Opens at MIA

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Related: MIA opens new immigration, customs wing (Local 10)

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.

New Baggage System Opens at MIA

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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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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Public Art Project at MIA Selected Among the Nation’s Best Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Public Art Project at MIA Selected Among the Nation’s Best

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 Americans for the Arts' Public Art 2012 Year in Review

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Christopher Janney’s Harmonic Convergence, an interactive public art project integrated into the MIA Mover Station at Miami International Airport, was one of the projects recognized by the Americans for the Arts' Public Art 2012 Year in Review.  Developed by the Americans for the Arts' Public Art Network, the Public Art 2012 Year in Review presents the most exemplary public art projects completed between April 2011 and April 2012 in the U.S.

Public Art Project at MIA Selected Among the Nation’s Best
Christopher Janney (Enlarge)
Harmonic Convergence, 2011
MIA Mover Station - Skyride Connector

The project was selected out of a field of 429 entries, with only the top 50 projects in the nation being showcased.  Travelers at MIA can see Harmonic Convergence when they take the MIA Mover to the MIA Rental Car Center.  For more information, go to http://www.miami-airport.com/center_parking.asp. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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