Miami International Airport (MIA)
New routes and frequency possibilities and why these routes would work
Route and evidence for viability from Miami International Airport and air service consultant’s joint feasibility studies
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Major reasons to serve this airport
- Miami International Airport (MIA) is the airport for the metropolitan Miami service area, with a population of over 5.4m. Greater Miami is a popular tourist destination and is the #3 market in the United States for international visitors. The climate, beaches, culture and nightlife continually make this region a top choice of many vacationers and convention organisers. In 2008, visitors to Miami totalled over 12m with more than 5m being international tourists.
- Miami is also home to the Port of Miami. Annually, over 4m passengers cruise out of the city, of which 60% arrive through Miami International Airport.
- As an international business and financial centre, Miami continues to lead the region with more than 1,000 multinational corporations and international banks based in the area. Other key economic business sectors include biomedical research & development, information technology/telecommunications, aviation manufacturing & maintenance, film, entertainment and fashion industries.
- American Airlines and UPS are the most significant private sector employers, but local state and Federal government agencies such as schools boards; universities and health service providers dominate employment figures.
- MIA offers an extensive air service network for passenger flights, which spans nearly 150 destinations on four continents. It is the largest connecting point for flights between the Americas, and also between Europe and the Americas. Total throughput in 2008 was 34m passengers, split almost 50:50 between domestic and international.
- Passenger facilities continue to be enhanced to accommodate growth and airline alliance requirements. Recently completed is MIA’s South Terminal. In less than two years, MIA’s North Terminal will be open, adding further capacity and conveniences for airlines and passengers. MIA will also unveil its transportation hub – a central terminal for rental cars, busses and trains – in 2011.
- MIA’s dominance in international trade is proven by the economic impact of the air cargo which passes through the airport’s facilities. As the gateway to South & Central America and the Caribbean, MIA leads all US airports in international freight. Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and the Dominican Republic are the region’s key trade markets overall, with China growing rapidly. Total air trade for 2008 was 1.9m tons (including just under 1 million tons of exports), valued at $40.7bn.
- Miami International Airport has no slot controls, curfews or delays.
Marketing and other support
Miami International Airport marketing incentives services and incentive programmes include:
- MIA’s Air Service Incentive Program (ASIP 2), which offers reduced operating fees to new or current airlines which establish routes between MIA and new or select premium markets
- Marketing staff support to assist new carriers through initial administrative start-up procedures
- Route/market analysis and statistical data
- Publicity events and advertising media are offered to qualifying air carriers
- Visitor and trade information and assistance provided through several local bureaux.
Primary Catchment area population:
- Miami – 2.38m
- Ft. Lauderdale – 1.76m
- West Palm Beach – 1.27m
Secondary catchment area includes:
- Ft. Myers
Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors
- Miami International Airport MIA could never be described as ‘under-served’ in terms of freight – in fact, MIA is the number one airport in the US for international freight and number three in the US for total cargo.
- MIA ranks among the world’s top 10 international cargo hubs. No other US gateway is in this distinct grouping.
- MIA offers 2.7m sq ft (250,000 sq metres) of cargo handling in 17 new facilities. Dedicated apron space now encompasses 3.8m sq ft (353,000 sq metres) with 64 common-use and leased positions.
- MIA remains the world’s largest gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean with more scheduled non-stop cargo flights to those regions than from any other US airport. As an important cargo hub in the southeast US, MIA provides streamlined access between cargo hubs in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
- Despite this dominant position, however, the development of freight opportunities between MIA and destinations in Eastern Europe, North, Central and South Africa as well as key markets in Asia continue to remain a strong priority. Certain financial incentives are now available for carriers commencing freight services to MIA from such new markets.
- The airport provides excellent trade support infrastructure for cargo airlines, with more than 1,000 freight forwarders and nearly 300 customs brokers located close by.
- Furthermore, MIA offers a unique ‘one-stop’, 24-hour Cargo Clearance Center which houses inspectors from US Customs & Agriculture in one location to expedite document processing and the movement of cargo through and out of the airport. On-site facilities also include US Veterinary Services and Plant Protection & Quarantine in a single location.
- MIA is the only US airport which provides two on-site fumigation facilities for commodities in need of immediate fumigation.
- Miami International Airport is located eight miles northwest of the City of Miami (15 mins) and 12 miles west of Miami Beach (20 mins).
- Highways 112, 836 and 826 connect directly into the Airport within one mile.
- Bus terminal is on lower arrivals level of Terminal.
- Taxis and car rental vans available kerb-side.
- Construction is currently underway for the elevated train which will connect MIA to the future Rental Car/Intermodal Center transportation hub. The hub will house all public transportation services in one location and will be completed in 2011.
Infrastructure & Operations:
- 09-27: 13,000 feet (3,960 metres)
- 08R-26L: 10,500 feet (3,200m)
- 12/30: 9,355 feet (2.850m)
- 8L-26R: 8,600 feet (2,620m)
- Slot Coordinated: No slots or curfews
- Operating hours: 24 hours
- Terminals: Miami International Airport has one main facility which is zoned into North, Central and South Terminals.
- Minimum connect times:
- Domestic to Domestic: 55 minutes
- Domestic to International: 1 hour
- International to Domestic: 1 hour 30 minutes
- International to International: 1 hour 30 minutes
Important infrastructure developments and/or other news
- Capital Improvement Program (CIP): MIA’s $6.2bn Capital Improvement Program is nearly completed and encompasses all aspects of airport operations, from the Terminal Building and cargo facilities to airfield and roadway enhancements.
- Fourth Runway: In September 2003, MIA completed the construction of a fourth runway, increasing airfield capacity by 25% and extending the ability of the airport to sustain further growth while minimizing flight delays to airlines.
- Terminal Building: Extending from MIA’s Central Terminal, the new South Terminal is now open and adds 1.7m sq ft (158,000 sq metres) to MIA. The North Terminal will encompass more than 3.2m sq ft (297,000 sq m) upon its phased completion in 2011. At that point, the North and South Terminals will have a total of 130 gates, with 100 international gates and 30 domestic gates. The Terminal will have 556 ticket counters and 120 self-service check-in devices.
- Cargo: MIA’s cargo facilities provide over 2.7m sq ft (250,000 sq m) of space in 17 cargo buildings. Cargo ramp space provides over 3.8m sq ft (353,000 sq m) with 41 common-use and 23 leased cargo positions. Most of these facilities offer airside-to-landside access to facilitate multi-modal transport.
- As of June 2009, MIA had 91 airlines: 70 scheduled and 21 charter.
- Passenger throughput. In 2008, MIA had a total of 34.1m passengers; 17.9m were international, 16.1m were domestic.
- Freight tonnage. In 2008, airlines at MIA carried 1.9m tons of cargo.
- Largest carrier: American Airlines (66% of total passengers May 2009).