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Miami International Airport (MIA), located on 3,230 acres of land near downtown Miami, is operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and is the property of Miami-Dade County government. Founded in 1928, MIA now offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, is America’s second-busiest airport for international passengers, boasts a lineup over 100 air carriers and is the top U.S. airport for international freight. MIA is also the leading economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of $33.7 billion annually and welcoming 70 percent of all international visitors to Florida. MIA’s vision is to grow from a recognized hemispheric hub to a global airport of choice that offers customers a world-class experience and an expanded route network with direct passenger and cargo access to all world regions.
Miami International Airport’s (MIA) and the General Aviation Airports’ annual economic impact is $33.7 billion. MIA and related aviation industries contribute 282,724 jobs directly and indirectly to the local economy. That equates to one out of 4.1 jobs.
Passenger growth at Miami International Airport went into overdrive in 2015, with annual traffic reaching 44.3 million passengers – three million more travelers than the prior year. The global gateway achieved its largest growth rate ever for annual passengers, up 8.3 percent year over year. Domestic passengers surged by 11 percent to reach 23.1 million, while international traffic rose 5.5 percent and accounted for 21.2 million travelers. Despite the decline of economies in many key Latin American and European markets, MIA held its ground as one of the world’s top 10 air cargo hubs, with 1.9 million tons of international freight and 256,891 tons of domestic shipments.
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