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Miami Beach, Citywide Free Trolley
Miami Beach’s FREE trolley provides a reliable transportation alternative complementing the existing transit network and providing connection to regional transit routes, improving the mobility and the quality of life of residents and the visitors alike

MIAMI (FL) Usa - Trolleys are a great "green" form of alternative transportation available in Miami Beach as well as some of the other parts of Miami you may be visiting. Miami Beach trolleys are not only an easy way to get around for free, but also have some golden oldie charm and are environmentally sustainable. They are the only way to get around Miami Beach while sitting back and enjoying the view. Visit Miami Beach from South Beach to North Beach and all points in between without the stress of driving and just hop off whenever you want to visit all of the great shops.


Every 15 Minutes (Middle Beach Loop and North Beach Loop), Approximately 20 Minutes (Collins Express, South Beach Loop A and South Beach Loop B), Approximately 35 Minutes (South Beach Loop via 10 Street)Hours of operation: Monday to Saturday: 6 a.m. to midnight. Sunday: 8 a.m. to midnight.

The South Beach Loop trolley service has 3 loops. The A (Clockwise), and B (Counter-Clockwise) loops frequency is approximately 20 minutes, and the Via 10 Street Loop has frequency approximately every 35 minutes. These loops give you an easy route around South Beach to help you reach over 300 shops and restaurants.

The Middle Beach Loop trolley includes service between Mount Sinai Hospital, 41 Street, 42 Street Garage, 36 Street Park, Miami Beach Regional Library, Collins Park, Miami Beach Senior High, 21 Street recreational center, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach Botanical Garden and City Hall among other places.

The Collins Express Trolley travels between Washington Avenue/Lincoln Road on the south side and 88th street on the north end at a frequency of approximately every 20 minutes. The Collins Express Trolley has limited stops south of 44th street and north of 63rd street on Collins Ave.

The North Beach Loop trolley travels around North Beach through Normandy Island and around Surfside; making it easy now to get to all of the new dining and shopping experiences in the area. Travel from Allison Park, Publix on 69 street, North Shore Open Park, Stillwater Park, North Shore Branch Library, Crespi Park, North Shore Youth Center, Normandy Isle Park and Pool and more.

You never have to worry about finding that elusive parking space when you want to hit up a shop or grab a bite at a hot local restaurant. When you are ready to continue your travel, just hop back on the next trolley.

The Miami Beach trolley service also includes free Wi-Fi, real-time tracking and next bus information through the city’s mobile app available on Google and Apple app stores. www.miamibeachfl.gov/city-hall/transportation/trolley/





Puglia, a journey among nature, culture and cuisine, in the most visited region of Italy
“Italian California” amazes for landscapes and hospitality. The magical Salento


Lecce, “the town that dwells me”- a guide to get lost (to find oneself)

LECCE (Italy) - I always thought myself like a not so great tourist guide: specially if, for tourist guide, you mean a person who is capable to lead you from point x to point y while showing you by the heart, the life, the death and miracles of every single stone, church or statue that come across on the itinerary. If it were the life, the death and the miracles of every single cat, I could be able doing it, but this is another story. Here it comes beeing your Cicerone in a little virtual tour, to discover a destination which has come to a growing success through the last few years, not only among Italian tourists but also by the people from every corner of the Globe.


“Apulia’s Athens”, “Florence of the South”, “Paradise of papier- mâché” are just some of the epithets that has over the time been able to earn Lecce, the town I live in, but mostly, the town that dwells me. The same that, since I moved in for study reasons, adopted me a little heart’s piece at time. For these reasons – I beg you – do not consider my suggestions such as an essential destination, or a must to visiting and share real time on social networks at all costs. Rather do consider them as crumbs, like those that form the path on fairy tales: crumbs that a Spiteful Crow or an Evil Witch could steal right from your sight at any moment. Do consider them an invite to get lost, not only within Lecce, but also in your own towns, the same that you might think to know and instead they’re just waiting the right moment to surprise you. Get Lost! And perhaps, in an alley, in a statue, in a writing on the wall…perhaps you’ll find yourself. “Lecce come la canto io” https://www.facebook.com/leccecomelacantoio , the page on Facebook that I administrate since September, was born just like that: picking up, in the form of images and words, all the crumbs of my constant loss and finding. (Erica A. Montanaro) (translation of Lucia Scalzi)

View: Puglia, a journey among nature, culture and cuisine, in the most visited region of Italy.
“Italian California” amazes for landscapes and hospitality.




Starts the Miami Cruise Month. - Greater Miami and The Beaches kicked off 2016 with the third edition of the Miami Cruise Month, sponsored by Citibank and active until 31 January.
Also this year, the initiative is held in conjunction with the most popular time for bookings in the cruise industry: the Wave season. Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau has again collaborated with many companies to ensure the best promotions on cruises booked in January and undertaken throughout the course of the year, as well as exclusive offers for stays in Miami pre-and post cruise.

Guided tours of historic districts and special packages for hotel stays: these and many other information are available on the website dedicated www.MiamiCruiseMonth.com offering important resources for planning and booking a holiday in Miami. Participating some of the major cruise lines whose ships are departing from PortMiami, including Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade – Miami January 18, 2016 - The most visible figure in the Civil Rights movement, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is honored across the country annually on the third Monday in January with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, the holiday falls close to his birthday.

As chief spokesman of the movement to end racial discrimination in state and federal laws in the 1950s and 1960s, King organized several marches and peaceful protests. In 1963, he organized the famous March on Washington, which was memorialized in 2013 by President Barack Obama on its 50th anniversary. It was then that King delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech.


A year later, on October 14, 1964, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Tragically, on April 4, 1968 he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee at the young age of 39. Posthumously, King was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, and we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day annually to honor his courageous work towards freedom and equality. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial was erected in Washington, D.C. in 2011 with a sculpture and inscription that reads, "Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope." The quote is from his "I Have A Dream" speech.

A Miami Celebration Honoring Dr. King - Miami joins in this federal holiday with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade in Liberty City. The parade takes place along NW 54th Street on a route from NW 12th Avenue to NW 32nd Avenue. It ends with a celebration at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park.

Parade-goers can expect high school marching bands, athletes and cheerleaders on foot, floats, cars and fire trucks bearing local politicians, union leaders and activists-and, for a Caribbean Miami twist, Carnival dancers take it to the streets in a colorful dance and music performance. Once the parade reaches the park, revelers can enjoy food, activities for kids, and a variety of vendors and entertainment.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an important time to reflect on the journey our nation has taken towards freedom and equality, and to look at the work that still lies ahead. As King said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice."

On this day in Miami, and across the nation, we honor and strive towards his dream.




Miami Beach, Veteran's day 2015
South Floridians gather on Veteran's Day to celebrate, remember heroes


MIAMI (FL) Usa - In honor of Veteran's Day, South Florida is celebrating and honoring our military men and women through festive parades and commemoration ceremonies Tuesday.

In Miami Beach, a Veteran's Day parade marched down the street as the city saluted veterans with an exciting line of floats and marching bands along Washington Avenue. Also in Miami Beach, at Flamingo Park, hundreds gathered to honor and celebrate those who bravely served for the United States. The celebration consisted of a veterans parachuting team landing and a wreath-laying ceremony, followed by a picnic in the park. For many families, Veteran's Day is an emotional day, and the Miami Beach Veteran's Day celebration was one they would not dream of missing. "I'm a social studies teacher," said Tammy Francese, the daughter of a veteran. "It's just something that's really important to support our troops, to honor all the people who have served our country. And passing it on to my daughter and letting her have that pride in the people who serve us, that's really what this day is about." "It's just emotional. It's very hard to put into words," said veteran Sheldon Lantinberg.



Remembering how much starting over a normal life is difficult for a soldier who comes back from war, United States of America honored their veterans yesterday during the Veterans Day.

The federal holiday takes a new sense this year, following the campaign against veterans’ suicide developed in the last months. It’s more than a day to celebrate the bravery of soldiers. This is the day to remember the horrors lived by people like us, the difficulties experienced to survive at war and to face own consciousness. Infact, the most of psychological problems which involve veterans come from realising how many immoral things they have done to win, although the conflicts haven’t stopped. Maybe the Veterans Day can give a new hope to soldiers, that realise of not being alone when they come back to homeland, that understand people will not forget them anymore, because they can live also far from the battlefield being useful to society and satisfied with themselves. (Giada Cantanna, Italia News)




Emirates launched its 10th destination in the United States with the start of daily nonstop passenger service between Dubai and Orlando International Airport on 1st September

Dubai, UAE - 2 September 2015: “Our new daily service will enable Emirates to grow alongside Orlando, one of the world’s premier leisure destinations and a dynamic business centre,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group. “The launch of this nonstop route will bring Emirates’ unique product and award-winning service to passengers flying from Central Florida to our home in Dubai and beyond to more than 140 global destinations. Since 2004, Emirates has carried more than 11 million passengers on its U.S. flights and this new route will open up even more options for passengers travelling to Orlando. Additionally, the aircraft on this route has the capability to carry more than 17 tons of cargo in each direction every day, which will support Florida’s export market.”

“Florida is on a mission to become the global leader in job creation and we are excited about the new Emirates nonstop flight between Orlando and Dubai,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott. “We welcomed more than 97 million visitors to our state last year and every 85 tourists creates another Florida job. We know our tourism industry helps grow our economy and that is why we are investing $145 million at the Orlando International Airport to expand the South Terminal Complex so we can continue to increase domestic and international air service, like the new Emirates flight.” “Emirates’ nonstop service to Orlando opens a new world of opportunity for us to pursue tourism and business exchanges with the Middle East, Africa and Asia,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Business and leisure tourism is critical to Central Florida's economy and this new direct service will make it easier for travellers to get to and from Orlando, creating new jobs and opportunities for our residents.”

Emirates’ daily flight EK219, will depart Dubai at 3:50 a.m. local time and arrive in Orlando at 11:40 a.m., a flying time of 15 hours and 50 minutes. EK220 will depart Orlando International Airport Terminal B at 2:20 p.m. and arrive into Dubai International Terminal 3 at 12:30p.m. the following day, with a flying time of 14 hours and 10 minutes. “Emirates is a premier airline and this is a significant new air service route for Orlando International as it opens the gateway to the Middle East, Asia, Africa and beyond,” said Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “The benefits of this new daily service will be measured both financially and culturally. The $100 million annual economic impact to Central Florida will be coupled with the potential to connect to diverse cultures of the world.”

A first: One-off A380 service at Orlando International - On the special occasion of its Orlando launch, Emirates dispatched its flagship aircraft – an Airbus A380 – to celebrate the milestone and meet demand for the first flight. The inaugural Emirates flight was the first A380 aircraft to touch down at Orlando International Airport. The jet features two Shower Spas and the signature Onboard Lounge, which offers passengers a space for socializing and networking over fine wines, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and delicacies prepared by five-star chefs. Regular scheduled service on the Orlando route will be offered on the U.S.-built Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft, which seats 266 passengers, including eight private First Class Suites, 42 Business Class lie-flat beds and 216 spacious Economy Class seats. Emirates operates a fleet of 143 Boeing 777’s, the most of any airline in the world. Emirates has historically increased its service capacity by up-gauging from Boeing 777 models to the A380 to meet strong consumer demand. In December 2014, Emirates commenced A380 service to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which joined John F. Kennedy International Airport, Los Angeles Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as U.S. destinations offering direct service to Dubai on the Emirates A380.

Connecting business and leisure destinations - Orlando is famous for its world-class theme parks, family entertainment and year round sunshine which bring in over 59 million visitors each year. It also has a strong business base with thriving industries in Advanced Technology, Film and Digital Media production, Aerospace and Life Sciences. Emirates customers can also connect seamlessly onto many destinations in the US, the Caribbean and South America through the airline’s codeshare partner JetBlue’s regional hub in Orlando, which serves 24 cities including San Juan in Puerto Rico; Bogota, Colombia and Nassau, The Bahamas. Emirates passengers can connect seamlessly from many destinations in the U.S., the Caribbean and South America through codeshare partner JetBlue’s regional hub in Orlando, which serves 24 cities including San Juan, Puerto Rico; Bogota, Colombia; and Nassau, The Bahamas.

The Emirates difference - Emirates passengers in all cabin classes enjoy renowned service provided by a multilingual crew representing more than 130 nationalities, savour regionally inspired gourmet cuisine and immerse themselves in the award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice Digital Widescreen – offering more than 2,000 channels of movies, TV programs, music, games and podcasts in a three-cabin configuration featuring 8 private First Class suites, 42 Business Class suites with lie-flat beds and 216 Economy Class seats. First Class and Business Class passengers can also travel to and from the airport (up to a distance of 90 miles around Orlando International Airport) via Emirates complimentary Chauffeur-drive service. Parents flying with children are well-attended with access to free strollers at Dubai International Airport, a choice of children’s toys, specially prepared children’s meals and dedicated children’s channels on board to keep younger passengers entertained.

Explore more of the Americas with Emirates' Pass - Emirates passengers looking to explore beyond the airline's network of American destinations now have dozens of options with the Americas Pass. With one combined ticket, travelers flying to any of Emirates’ 10 U.S. destinations can connect to more than 90 cities across America, Canada and Latin America through Emirates’ five partner airlines: Jet Blue, Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, WestJet Airlines and Porter Airlines. For more information about Emirates and to book tickets, please visit www.emirates.com.

Emirates and the U.S. - Founded in 1985, Emirates is a global connector of people, places and economies. Based in Dubai, the airline’s global network serves 149 destinations in 81 countries across six continents. Its luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system - ice, and unmatched hospitality provided by its iconic multilingual Cabin Crew have made Emirates one of the world’s most recognized airline brands. Emirates has carried more than 11 million passengers on U.S. flights since launching services to New York in 2004. The airline currently serves ten U.S. gateways – Orlando (MCO), Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA), Dallas (DFW), Houston (IAH), Washington (IAD) and New York (JFK), as well as operating a trans-Atlantic route between JFK and Milan and a freighter service to Atlanta. Emirates SkyCargo transports up to 650 tons of U.S. exports each week – including auto parts from New York, apples and cherries from Seattle, and oil and gas equipment from Houston – stimulating trade and opening new markets for American businesses across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.




Miami, Cruise Capital of the World


At PortMiami, we believe the port you set sail from should be as enticing as the ports on your cruising itinerary. From the dramatic skyline of downtown Miami just across the causeway, to the sparkling waters of Biscayne Bay, PortMiami delivers a tropical vacation experience like no other port in the world. PortMiami welcomed two new cruise lines and three newbuild vessels last year. The Port is anticipating another strong 2013/14 cruise season as it continues to welcome additional cruise lines and new ships, some of the world’s most luxurious and innovative vessels. As the roster of cruise brands and ships continues to expand, there is no question that Miami is the departure destination of choice for cruises to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico and other exciting destinations. Seven cruise terminals, some of the most modern in the world, are designed to quickly move passengers from land to sea. Drive-in passengers can opt for convenient on-port parking with special arrangements for travelers with disabilities. For those arriving by taxi, shuttle bus or limousine, drop off is directly in front of each terminal and entryways are designed for quick check-in and boarding process.

Known as the "Cruise Capital of the World", the famous PortMiami is home to just about every cruise line you can think of.

Every year, about 18 cruise ships and more than 4 million passengers leave from PortMiami. Miami continues to be the departure destination of choice for cruises to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico and other exciting destinations. The distance between Miami Airport (MIA) and PortMiami is 7 miles; the distance between the PortMiami and Miami Beach is 4 miles. Set sail from Miami to… Anywhere! Wave goodbye to cars along the causeway and on neighboring boats as you take off from this international cruising hub. PortMiami’s ships have amenities from rock climbing walls to five star meals onboard. Start or end your vacation in Miami and add a few days to spend on a Miami land excursion.





SKYRISE MIAMI is the iconic landmark of the great City of Miami where the world comes to play

MIAMI (FL) Usa - Beautiful weather, world famous beaches and the sparkling waters of Biscayne Bay are the backdrops for SKYRISE MIAMI. Located only minutes from one of the busiest international airports in the world (27 million annual passengers) and next door to the Port of Miami, also known as the Cruise Capital of the World (4 million annual passengers), SKYRISE MIAMI is easily accessible.

SKYRISE MIAMI is the heart of Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Entertainment Center. Standing on the water’s edge of Bayside Marketplace, a shopping and dining destination for over 23 million annual visitors, SKYRISE MIAMI is walking distance from a variety of other entertainment venues including: the American Airlines Arena (820,000 annual visitors), home to the world champion Miami Heat; Museum Park, with its two brand new venues, the Science Museum (550,000 projected annual visitors) and the Miami Art Museum (200,000 projected annual visitors); and Bayfront Park with over 500,000 annual visitors.

SKYRISE MIAMI is also only minutes away from South Beach, anointed the “American Rivera” and crowned by Ocean Drive, a worldwide catwalk of see-and-be-seen nightclubs, shops, hotels and restaurants. SKYRISE MIAMI exemplifies all that Miami is known the world over for as a premier vacation destination and international city.

The tower is one of mankind’s oldest architectural accomplishments. Starting with the Tower of Babel in the Book of Genesis when it was proclaimed: “Let us build a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven.”

SKYRISE MIAMI, with its unique design and unparalleled attractions, proudly takes its place among the great towers of the world.


SkyRise Miami has assembled a world class team to build and operate all the many attractions and amenities it has to offer. The Team has decades of experience and has been involved in some of the most notable structures in the world including the new One World Trade Center in New York City, USA, Doha Tower in Doha Qatar, Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Shanghai Center in Shanghai, China and Moscow City, in Moscow, Russia.

For centuries thereafter, towers were built primarily to gain a strategic advantage over the builders’ enemies. But with the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889, the future of towers moved beyond pragmatic and defensive to what we enjoy today.


These days, these extraordinary buildings have become a symbol of their cities as each new tower strives to top the architectural achievements of the towers that came before. Modern ingenuity and technology now makes it possible to reach incredible heights, with awe inspiring design, while offering visitors not only unparalleled vistas but restaurants, rides, nightclubs, wedding and meeting venues, exhibits and a host of other attractions. (newsroom@miaminews.org)




University of Miami
2014-2015 Tuition & Fees $44,350 - Students 11,380 enrolled 49% male / 51% female - Admissions Jan. 1 application deadline 40.5% accepted. PO Box 248025 - Coral Gables, FL 33124 - Phone: (305) 284-2211

University of Miami is a private institution that was founded in 1925. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,380, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 239 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Miami's ranking in the 2015 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 48. Its tuition and fees are $44,350 (2014-15). University of Miami is one of more than 600 institutions with graduate schools surveyed by U.S. News on an annual basis. University of Miami confers degrees through various schools such as: the School of Business Administration, the School of Law, the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, the College of Engineering, and the School of Education and Human Development. Located in Southern Florida, the University of Miami has an ideal location for students who love the outdoors.The University of Miami is known as a research institution, and research opportunities begin at the undergraduate level.

Located in Southern Florida, the University of Miami has an ideal location for students who love the outdoors. With popular spots like South Beach, the Florida Keys and Everglades National Park nearby, students have plenty of opportunities for water sports, hiking and sunbathing. Downtown Miami, also near to the school, is a thriving sports and cultural center. On campus, more than 2,400 students are involved in more than 30 fraternities and sororities. Students can also choose from more than 250 clubs and organizations to join. Freshmen are not required to live on campus, but many opt to live in the school’s five residential colleges. The communities, modeled after housing at England’s Oxford and Cambridge universities, combine living and learning with group meals, poetry readings, sports and more. For students who do not live in university housing, the Commuter Assistant Program pairs freshmen with an on-campus representative to help ease the transition into college.

The student-faculty ratio at University of Miami is 12:1, and the school has 50.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. Male 49% - Female 51%. The most popular majors at University of Miami include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Social Sciences; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90.8 percent. University of Miami has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,380, with a gender distribution of 48.6 percent male students and 51.4 percent female students. At this school, 38 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 62 percent of students live off campus. University of Miami is part of the NCAA I athletic conference. Scholarship sports: Baseball, Basketball, Crew (heavyweight), Cross country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and diving, Tennis, Track and field (indoor), Track and field (outdoor), Volleyball. University of Miami Division I sports teams are known as the Hurricanes and compete in the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The school’s mascot is Sebastian the Ibis, a species of marsh bird that is known for weathering tropical storms. University of Miami offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Miami also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Miami, 46 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Miami.

Museums or special academic buildings on campus Lowe Art Museum: College of Arts & Sciences Gallery; Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center; Jerry Herman Ring Theatre; Bill Cosford Cinema; BankUnited Center; Casa Bacardi; Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies; Maurice Gusman Concert Hall; Storer Auditorium; Victor Clarke Recital Hall; Student Activities Center; Hecht Athletic Center; Cobb Stadium; Wellness Center; Computer Labs; Digital TV Studio; Film Sound Stage; Radio Station; Sheldon and Myrna Palley Pavillion for Contemporary Glass.

At University of Miami, 45.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $25,669. Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs, or use the U.S. News 529 Finder to choose the best tax-advantaged college investment account for you. Tuition and fees $44,350 (2014-15) Room and board $12,684 (2014-15)

The University of Miami is known as a research institution, and research opportunities begin at the undergraduate level. Annual campus events include the Canes Film Festival, which showcases student-produced movies, and Sportsfest, three days of competition between residence hall teams. Undergraduates are also known for upholding school spirit with traditions like the Boat Burning Ceremony held on Lake Osceola during homecoming. Notable alumni of the University of Miami include actor Sylvester Stallone and entertainer Gloria Estefan. (newsroom@miaminews.org)

 



History of Miami International Airport
Historical records of passengers to the Miami International Airport, which closed in 2013
with the incredible milestone of 40 million travelers

MIA is currently the second busiest international gateway in the United States. In 2012 Miami International Airport handled 39.4-million passengers and 391,195 takeoffs and landings. Has six concourses with over 130 gates.

Forty-two scheduled passenger carriers serve the airport (as of 2013) with flights to over 133 global destinations. American Airlines and its subsidiary (American Eagle) are the busiest operators with more than 328 daily flights to 114 worldwide destinations. More than 27.6-million American Airlines passengers passed thru the MIA hub in 2012 making it the busiest international gateway in the system. Domestic and international airfreight carriers transported 2 million tons of cargo (during 2012) making MIA the third busiest freight terminal in the United States.

In 1927 executives at Pan American Airways decided to move their company’s base of operations from Key West to Miami. They purchased 116 acres along NW 36th Street (south of Miami Springs) from the Seminole Fruit and Land Company for the purpose of building an airport. When completed in 1928 the airfield boasted a passenger terminal, two hard surfaced runways and two hangars. The $50,000 terminal building (designed by the New York architectural firm of Delano and Aldrich) was the first passenger facility of its type to become operational in the United States. The two-story reinforced-concrete structure had numerous large windows and a spacious nautical-themed interior with a high-dome ceiling. All passenger-related functions and amenities were contained within the lower level. Offices and a balcony with an excellent view of the airfield were situated above.

Scheduled services began on September 15, 1928 when Captain Edwin Musick piloted a Sikorsky-38 on the inaugural flight to Havana via Key West. Charles Lindbergh attended the official dedication ceremony that was held on January 9, 1929. Later that day he flew a Sikorsky S-38 on the inaugural flight to San Juan. Pan American Field handled 8,600 passengers and 20 tons of freight during its first year of operation. In 1930 Pan American embarked in a fleet conversion program with the objective of becoming an all flying boat airline. By January 1932 the carrier had completed the transition and was operating solely from the newly acquired Dinner Key Seaplane Terminal. Pan American Field continued to remain active as a maintenance base for the Sikorsky S-38 fleet. During the mid 1930s the facility became known as the 36th Street Airport when other carriers relocated there from the old Miami Municipal Airport. Eastern Airlines commenced scheduled service in 1934 with direct flights to Atlanta and New York. National Airlines followed in 1936 with direct flights to St Petersburg.

Miami International Airport handled 1.4-million passengers and an average of 900 daily flights in 1950. During this period Eastern Airlines moved into a temporary shed-like terminal, which was later expanded with the addition of a two-story concrete building and two concourses. Congestion soon became a serious problem at both terminals and planning began on a large mid-field facility to be built between the airport’s main runways. In 1955 $21-million in revenue bonds were issued to finance the construction of the new terminal complex and other related improvements. Eastern, National Airlines and Pan American would become MIA’s predominant carriers over the following decades developing significant route networks from Miami. Eastern Airlines dominated the market east of the Mississippi River and offered frequent flights to the Caribbean. National Airlines become a major player along the East Coast and later the Sunbelt. Pan American was the principal international carrier with plenty of flights to the Caribbean and South America. Each of these carriers would in time construct huge maintenance bases and office buildings at MIA.

In 1948 the name Miami International Airport was adopted. The Port Authority acquired the adjacent Miami Army Airport and the 262-acre Davis tract was purchased with $1-million worth of federal aid. The following year the Seaboard Railroad tracks and yards bisecting the airport were removed at a total cost of $3-million. By 1951 the airfield had grown to cover 2,878 acres as a result of additional land purchases and annexations. The Air Force set up a base on the west side of the airfield in 1949. This facility became the home of a search-rescue squadron and several reserve troop transports. In 1959 the operation was closed when the aircraft were relocated to the Homestead Air Force Base.

Throughout the 1950s the Civil Aeronautics Board generously awarded new route certificates to several carriers allowing them to establish service. Braniff International Airways began scheduled service in 1951 with flights to Panama. Northeast Airlines commenced scheduled service on January 9, 1957 with flights to Boston via New York. Capital Airlines initiated scheduled service on December 14, 1958 with flights to Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Rochester. Trans World Airlines launched scheduled service on January 12, 1959 with flights to St Louis. Northwest Airlines started scheduled service on September 27th with flights to Minneapolis/St Paul via Chicago. In 1954 a gigantic $5-million maintenance hangar was completed (by Bethlehem Steel) for Eastern Airlines. The 448,748 square-foot building had a T-shaped configuration and could simultaneously service fourteen Lockheed Super Constellation airliners in open-air service bays. Two additional airliners could be accommodated within an adjacent totally enclosed hangar. Offices, overhaul shops, stock rooms and a warehouse were among the hangar’s many outstanding features.

National Airlines moved into a beautiful MiMo-style base on the east side of Miami International Airport during 1957. A unique cantilever-type hangar capable of servicing six Douglas DC-8 jetliners became operational in May. Two months later 600 employees moved into a nearby 88,000 square-foot executive office building. National Airlines operated the first domestic turbojet flight on December 10, 1958 when it placed a Boeing 707 (leased from Pan American) on the Miami-New York run. On January 25, 1959 Eastern Airlines followed by operating the world’s first Lockheed L-188 Electra flight on the same route. The 20th Street Terminal was officially dedicated on February 1, 1959. At the time the MiMo-style building was the largest passenger terminal in the world. The Centralized-type facility consisted of a horseshoe-shaped central core, an administration building, a two-level roadway, five concourses and a post office. The following year a 270-room soundproof hotel with a rooftop restaurant welcomed travelers. Construction work continued until the completion of a parking deck and Jet-Age concourse in 1961.

Thirty-two scheduled airlines and 67 non-scheduled carriers served Miami International Airport in 1960 transporting 4.2-million passengers. On June 11, 1961 National Airlines inaugurated turbine-powered flights to Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Diego and San Francisco. United began scheduled service on July 1st as a result of its merger with Capital Airlines. In 1960 $19-million in Revenue Bonds were issued for the completion of various construction projects. During that year Delta Airlines moved into an open-air hangar adjacent to the 20th Street Terminal. Runway 09L-27R (currently 08R-26L) was lengthened to 10,500 feet in 1961 allowing transcontinental jet service. On January 23, 1963 the $17,250,000 Eastern Airlines jet-maintenance base became operational and was the largest of its type in the world. Several months later runway 09R-27L (currently 09-27) was lengthened from 8,400 to 9,400 feet and the Pan American Administration Building (a replica of the United States Embassy in New Delhi) was completed at the site of the old 36th Street Terminal.

Delta’s first Convair 880 set a transcontinental speed record of three hours and thirty-one minutes on February 10, 1960 while flying between San Diego and Miami on a delivery flight. On February 1, 1964 Eastern Airlines operated the world’s first Boeing 727 flight on the Philadelphia-Washington DC-Miami route. Eastern, National Airlines and Pan American introduced wide-body Jumbo-Jet service during the early 1970s. National Airlines inaugurated Boeing 747 flights on October 2, 1970 and McDonnell Douglas DC-10 service on December 15, 1971. Eastern Airlines operated the world’s first Lockheed L-1011 flight between Miami and New York on August 26, 1972. In order to accommodate the larger aircraft new facilities were constructed. Eastern Airlines built a hangar to service its Lockheed L-1011 fleet and expanded its terminal facilities. In 1974 the National Airlines Maintenance/Administration Building (now American Airlines Hangar) become operational. The $24-million facility could simultaneously service three McDonnell Douglas DC-10 jetliners. In 1977 the International-Satellite Terminal was opened to scheduled airline service and runway 09R-27L was lengthened to 13,000 feet. The 1970s marked a period of tremendous growth in passenger traffic. Twelve million passengers and 750,000 tons of freight passed through Miami International Airport in 1975.

Several operators were awarded routes to MIA during the decade. Air Florida began scheduled service on September 28, 1972 with flights to St Petersburg. Southern Airlines commenced scheduled service in 1974 with flights to Grand Cayman and Orlando. Western Airlines initiated scheduled service on October 1, 1976 with McDonnell Douglas DC-10 flights to Los Angeles. Continental and Piedmont Airlines launched scheduled service in 1977. Deregulation allowed regional carriers like North Central and Ozark Airlines to start scheduled service in 1978. American Airlines followed on January 29, 1979 with service to Dallas/Ft Worth and San Juan. National Airlines was awarded several trans Atlantic routes to Europe during the 1970s. Scheduled flights to London were started on June 15, 1970 using Douglas DC-8 jetliners. On June 22, 1977 flights to Paris were established employing McDonnell Douglas DC-10 airliners. Amsterdam and Frankfurt were added to the route map on May 1, 1978. On December 13, 1977 Eastern Airlines introduced the Airbus A-300 to South Florida travelers on the Miami-New York route.

In 1980 a Westinghouse People Mover System commenced transporting passengers between the International Satellite and 20th Street Terminal. Several years later Concourse B (Eastern) was doubled in size and connected to a new federal inspection center. Concourses D (Eastern) and E (Pan Am) were completely rebuilt. Concourse F was expanded to house Pan American’s busy international hub. Pedestrian bridges equipped with moving walkways were constructed linking the 20th Street Terminal’s concourses and parking garages. Runway 12-30 was completely rebuilt and a tunnel (connecting the passenger and cargo terminals) was constructed underneath. In August 1985 Miami International Airport’s ninth ATC-Tower become operational. British Airways inaugurated supersonic Concorde flights between Miami and London on March 27, 1984. British Airways along with several international carriers moved into the first phase of the newly completed Concourse A in June 1995. The 305,000 square-foot ($110-million) concourse was initially opened with 10 gates. A 242,000 square-foot ($87-million) expansion became operational in December 1999 increasing the number of gates to twenty.

In April 2000 construction started on American Airlines North Terminal with the expansion of Concourse D. Since its inception the $3-billion project was weighed down by cost overruns and slowly moved forward in a piecemeal manner. Concourse B was demolished in 2006 followed by Concourse C three years later to make way for new construction between Concourses A and D. During the winter of 2009 American Airlines relocated its landside operation into a newly completed section of the facility. The new passenger service area encompasses 290,000-square feet containing 58 ticket counters and 66 self-service check-in kiosks.

When completed in March 2013 the 3.2 million square-foot linear complex boasted a rooftop people-mover system with four stations, a federal inspection center, 48 international-capable gates and two ramp-level commuter gates. The automated people-mover system (completed in September 2010) has the capability to transport 9,000 passengers per hour and a single train can traverse the mile-long terminal in three minutes. The new federal inspection center contains 72 check lanes and is able to process 3,600 passengers per hour. A dedicated automated baggage-handling system has over 9 miles of conveyors with a capacity to handle 8,400 bags per hour. Amenities for patrons include 166,922-square feet of concession space that include 118 shops and restaurants.

The Federal Aviation Administration activated the current 333-foot ($24.9-million) ATC-Tower in December 2002. On August 29, 2003 runway 08L-26R was opened to airfield operations. The 8,600-foot ($161-million) runway increased airport capacity by 25%. Three years later the old ATC-Tower was demolished. On August 29, 2007 the South Terminal opened to scheduled airline service. The complex was comprised of a new 1.7-million square-foot five-story building, an adjoining Concourse J and the existing Concourse H. The new facility boasts a total of 28 gates accessed by means of three security checkpoints. Its federal inspection center has the capacity to process 2,000 passengers per hour. Housed within the building are 60,000-square feet of concession space that include 61 shops and restaurants. Delta Airlines was the first carrier to move into the new terminal. Air France operated the first international flight on September 14th. Ten days later a LAN Airlines flight was the first to use Concourse J. Nineteen airlines (mostly Sky Team and Star Alliance carriers) have subsequently moved into the facility.

Lufthansa Airlines (which commenced scheduled service in 1981) launched Airbus A-380 service between Miami and Frankfurt on June 10, 2011. A restored American Douglas DC-3 and an Eastern Airlines DC-7 were on hand for the inaugural festivities at MIA’s South Terminal. Hundreds of spectators flocked to the airfield’s southern perimeter to see the world’s largest airliner. A $270-million automated people mover system began transporting travelers between the 20th Street Terminal and the consolidated Car Rental Center on September 09, 2011. The system utilizes eight Mitsubishi shuttles that cruise along two 1.25 mile-long elevated roadways at 40 mph. The shuttles have rated capacity of 3,250 passengers per hour. The Car Rental Center (situated east of the terminal) opened on July 13, 2010. It houses 16 rental-car companies within four levels and can accommodate 6,500 automobiles. MIA is currently the second busiest international gateway in the United States. In 2012 Miami International Airport handled 39.4-million passengers and 391,195 takeoffs and landings.

 

Emirates launched its 10th destination in the United States with the start of daily nonstop passenger service between Dubai and Orlando International Airport on 1st September. A VIP delegation and a contingent of international media were aboard the inaugural flight, which carried passengers from 29 different countries to Orlando. Emirates’ daily flight EK219, will depart Dubai at 3:50 a.m. local time and arrive in Orlando at 11:40 a.m., a flying time of 15 hours and 50 minutes. EK220 will depart Orlando International Airport Terminal B at 2:20 p.m. and arrive into Dubai International Terminal 3 at 12:30p.m. the following day, with a flying time of 14 hours and 10 minutes. Emirates has carried more than 11 million passengers on U.S. flights since launching services to New York in 2004. The airline currently serves ten U.S. gateways – Orlando, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, Washington and New York (JFK).