An International Airport
Miami International Airport, also known as Wilcox Field, MIA, and Miami International, is the primary airport serving the South Florida area. The airport is located eight miles (13 km) northwest of Downtown Miami, in unincorporatedMiami-Dade County, Florida, United States. It is located between the cities of Miami, Hialeah, Doral, Miami Springs, the village of Virginia Gardens, and the unincorporated community of Fontainebleau.
The airport is a hub for passenger airlines American Airlines, Executive Airlines under the American Eagle name, Gulfstream International Airlines under the Continental Connection name; cargo airlines Arrow Air, UPS Airlines and FedEx Express; and charter airline Miami Air. Miami International Airport handles passenger and cargo flights to cities throughout the Americas and Europe, as well as the Canary Islands off the African coast, and cargo flights to Asia; it is South Florida's main airport for long-haul international flights.
Miami International Airport is the largest gateway between the United States and Latin America, and is one of the largest aerial hubs in theUnited States, owing to its proximity to tourist attractions, local economic growth, large local Latin American and European populations, and strategic location to handle connecting traffic between North America, Latin America, and Europe. In the past, it has been a hub for Braniff International Airways, Eastern Air Lines, Air Florida, the original National Airlines, the original Pan Am, United Airlines, and Iberia. Miami International is also the proposed hub of two new start-up airlines, one of which hopes to use the Eastern Airlines name.
In 2008, 34,063,531 passengers traveled through the airport, making the airport the 29th busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic. Through the first eleven months of 2009, the airport ranked second as an international gateway to the United States, behind New York-JFK in New York City and ahead of LAX in Los Angeles. The airport also handled more international cargo than any other airport in the United States.