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MIAMI, FL --(Marketwired - May 20, 2016) - Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) executives hosted a delegation of aviation professionals from Indonesia for a tour of Miami International Airport's expanding cargo hub and to learn about best practices related to airport security and concessions. The Indonesian delegation followed groups from Seattle, Narita International Airport, East Africa and Nigeria, who have visited MIA in the last four weeks to see the global gateway airport up close.
With more than 54 million travelers, Jakarta International Airport is one the world's 20 busiest airports for total passengers, according to Airports Council International's 2015 preliminary world airport traffic rankings. MIA is the busiest U.S. airport for international freight and the second-busiest for international passengers, with more than 20 million travelling to and from foreign destinations in 2015.
Prior to touring the airport's passenger and cargo operations, MDAD officials discussed MIA's future Airport Operations Center, a new state-of-the-art facility in the center of MIA that will allow staff to monitor and coordinate all airport operations and communications; MIA's recent designation by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as the first pharmaceuticals freight hub in the Western Hemisphere; and efforts to attract first-ever nonstop passenger service between Miami and Asia. Additionally MDAD officials shared best practices in airport operations, security and non-aeronautical revenue.
Miami is the largest business and leisure market in the U.S. without direct flights to Asia, with 290,480 Asia-Miami travelers in 2015. More than 10,000 of those passengers were from Jakarta.
"We gladly welcomed the opportunity to build stronger ties with our counterparts from Jakarta," said MDAD Director Emilio T. González. "Indonesia is one of our top markets in Asia for passenger travel, and we look forward to seeing more visitors from that region when direct air service is finally established."
Miami International Airport 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 of 100 air carriers and is the top U.S. airport for international freight. MIA, along with its general aviation airports, 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. MIA is committed to sustainable practices. Learn more at www.MIAefficiency.com.
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