Miami International Airport is a major airport in Florida, USA, operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and is owned by the Miami-Dade County government. It is the primary airport serving the Miami area, located in an unincorporated area in Miami-Dade County, 13 km northwest of Downtown Miami. The public airport, historically Wilcox Field, covers an area of 1,520 hectares and resides at an elevation of 8 ft (2 m) above mean sea level. It is equipped with four asphalt runways: runway 8L/26R measures 2,860 m × 46 m (9,383 ft × 151 ft), runway 8R/26L measures 3,400 m × 60 m (11,150 ft × 200 ft), runway 9/27 measures 3,900 m × 60 m (12,800 ft × 200 ft), and runway 12/30 measures 3,050 m × 46 m (10,007 ft × 151 ft). Miami International Airport provides regular scheduled services throughout the Americas, Europe, and East and West Asia. It is the largest gateway between the USA and Latin America, and the main airport for long-haul international flights to and from South Florida.
MIA's main terminal is still the one used from 1959, save for several new additions. The single terminal facility is semi-circular in shape, divided into three sections: the North Terminal is Blue and consists of Concourse D; the yellow Central Terminal contains Concourses E, F, and G; and the red South Terminal contains Concourses H and J. Level 1 contains ground transportation access and the baggage carousels, Level 2 contains ticketing/check-in, restaurants and cafes, retail outlets, and access to the concourses. On Level 3 of Concourses D and J are the two immigration and customs facilities of MIA.
Services and Facilities
Miami International Airport is one of the largest airline hubs in the country. It serves as a hub for American Airlines, Eastern Airlines, and the charter airline Miami Air International for passenger services, and Atlas Air, FedEx Express, LAN Cargo, and UPS Airlines for cargo. It is also a focus city for Avianca, Frontier Airlines, LAN Airlines, and TAM Airlines.
There are three parking facilities in MIA: directly in front of Concourse E is a two-level short-term parking lot, and within the terminal's curvature are two seven-story parking garages. No reservations required, but passengers are advised to check the map online for location of airlines and the nearest parking options.
Ground transportation at MIA is available 24 hours a day. Options are licensed taxicabs and SuperShuttle vans from the arrival level, outside the baggage claim area, and Hotel shuttles from the departure level. Pre-arranged ground transportation services from MIA include bus and limousine and Tri-Rail Commuter Train Service just outside the airport.
The airport is also connected to the Miami Central Station and Miami Intermodal Center (also called Miami Airport Station) via the new MIA Mover electric-powered train. It is a rapid transit, commuter rail, intercity rail, and intercity bus transportation hub, which also has a Rental Car Center. The rental car facility allows guests to choose from 16 rental car companies and 6,500 rental cars to make their stay more convenient.