We know Miami International Airport as MIA. This airport is an international airport that serves the Miami area, Florida, United States. This airport is the main airport for long-haul international flights of South Florida. Miami International Airport lies in an unincorporated area in Miami-Dade County. It is 13km Northwest of a town called Downtown Miami which is between the cities of Doral, Miami, Virginia Gardens, Fontainebleau neighborhood and Hialeah.
Miami International Airport Guide:
Being South Florida’s main airport, Miami International Airport serves passenger and cargo flights to cities throughout the America, Europe, Africa, and Western Asia. It has cargo flight to East Asia as well. This airport is an important gateway between North America, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
Thanks to the city’s tourist attractions, it has become one of the biggest airports in the United States of America. The airport is the third largest home base for American Airlines. It is the main gateway to Latin America.
This airport has three terminals (North Terminal, Central Terminal and South Terminal) with 131 gates. The terminals of Miami International Airport have different facilities used by different passengers. This is what makes passenger traffic balanced. North Terminal has only one concourse, and it is Concourse D. The Central terminal has three concourses, labeled E, F, and G. South Terminal contains two concourses, H and J.
History of Miami International Airport:
On September 15, 1928, Capt. Edwin Musick flew away from a runway with 340-pounds of mail and two passengers into Key West. It was the first recorded flight from what was to be Miami Airport. Pan American Airways moved its operations from Key West to Miami and bought 116 acres of swampland on the south side of Northwest 36th Street near Le Jeune Road. Soon, the dusty field had two lanes, two hangars and a modern terminal.
Airplanes were loaded with mail and a few passengers began traveling to and from small Miami. The planes were known as flying boats. That time Miami International Airport was a “36th Street Airport” and then “Pan Am Field”. During the war, the armed forces took over the airport. By the end of the 1950s, the airport building had shifted to 20 Street.
Operational Airlines List of Miami International Airport, USA:
Miami airport is served by the following airlines:
• Aer Lingus • Aeroflot • Aerolíneas Argentinas • Aeroméxico • Air Canada • Air Europa • Air France • Air Italy • Alitalia • American Airlines • Aruba Airlines • Austrian Airlines • Avianca • Avior Airlines • BahamasAir • BOA • British Airways • Caribbean Airlines • Cayman Airways • Copa • Delta • Eastern Airlines • El Al Israel Airlines • Eurowings • Finnair • Frontier Airlines • GOL • Iberia • Interjet • KLM • LATAM • Lufthansa • Miami Air • Norwegian • Qatar Airways • SAS • Sun Country • Sunwing • Surinam Airways • Swift Air • Swiss • TAP Portugal • TUIFly • Turkish Airlines • United Airlines • Virgin Atlantic • VivaAir • Volaris • WestJet • World Atlantic • XL Airways.
Miami International Airport, USA Lounges:
|American Airlines Admirals Club||Location: Multiple Locations – Concourse D: (1) Across Gate D30 and (1) Above Gate D15. Concourse E (1) Across from Gate E20.|
|Avianca VIP Lounge||Location: South Terminal, Concourse J South, Airside, 3rd Floor.|
|Centurion Lounge||Location: North Terminal, Concourse D, Airside, near Gate D12.|
|Club America||Location: Concourse F, Airside, 3rd Floor.|
|Delta Sky Club||Location: South Terminal, Airside, in the H and J Connector, to the left of the H Concourse Security.|
|Turkish Airlines Lounge||Location: Central Terminal E, Airside, Level 2.|
|VIP Lounge Miami||Location: South Terminal, Concourse J, Airside, near Gate J5 in the main departure lounge.|
|VIP Lounge Terminal E||Location: Central Terminal Concourse E, Airside, 2nd Floor|
More Services, Facilities & Things to do on a Layover at the Airport:
- Business Center – Computers with internet and printing capabilities, currency exchange, faxing and a host of other services and products are available at the International Currency Exchange (ICE) Business Center. Location: Between Concourses H and J, airside.
- Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. Locations: several locations, Lanside, 2nd Level.
- Baby Care Facilities – Need a comfortable and private place to nurse and care for your baby? Look for free-standing MIAmamas suites. Each suite has a fold-down table, two benches, a collapsible table, power outlet with USB, and are lockable for privacy. There’s enough room in the suite for mama, baby, and their luggage or stroller, or even for a small family! Locations: Airside, near the following gates: D20 • D36 • E7-E9 • E21- E31 • F6 – F8 • G4 • H4 • J5 – J7.
- Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. Designed in collaboration with Miami Children’s Museum, Plane Fun is an educational and interactive play area for kids. There’s a child-sized control tower with working functions, a soft play section for toddlers, a simulated hot air balloon ride, and more! Location: Concourse E, airside, near Gate E5. This space is also accessible from Concourse D.
- Yoga Room – Relax or stretch in between flights at the airport’s yoga room. The room comes equipped with complimentary practice mats. Location: Terminal H, landside, 1st Floor. Hours: 9:00AM – 9:00PM.
Food & Drinks:
- Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours:
» Central Terminal, Landside, Concourse F, 2nd Level – Dunkin’ Donuts • Cafe Versailles.
» Central Terminal, Landside, Concourse E, 2nd Level – Subway
» North Terminal, Airside, near Gate D26 – Einstein Bros. Bagels
» South Terminal, Airside, Concourse J (near Gate J8) – Earl of Sandwich
- Water Stations – Thirsty? Water bottle refill stations are available. Locations: Landside, Arrivals, Level 1, near Door 6 • Landside, Baggage Claim Carousel 22/26 • Airside, Concourse E, after Security Checkpoint • Airside, H/J Connector • Airside, near Gate F8 • Airside, near Gate G6 • Airside, near Gate J7 • Airside, near Gate D20.
- Information Desk – Tourist Information Counters offer airport and tourist information from locations throughout the airport, including the main counter at Concourse E, Level 2, near the airport’s hotel. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM (daily). You can also flag down one of the Volunteer Ambassadors roaming around the airport, or make use of one of the white courtesy phones located on columns throughout Concourses D, E, F, G, H and J. The white courtesy phones are available 24/7 for information and airport-wide paging services.
- Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available free of charge throughout the airport. Rate: $5.00 per cart.
- Luggage Storage & Lockers – Enjoy your layover unburdened by luggage! Store your luggage, coats and other personal items at The Baggage Checkroom. Location: Central Terminal, Concourse E, Level 2. Hours: 5:00AM – 9:00PM. Rate: ranges from $6.00 – $19.00/day/bag according to the size of the baggage.
- Luggage Wrapping – Baggage carts are available free of charge throughout the airport. Rate: Available for a fee at kiosks located landside on the 2nd level of all three terminals. Hours: unknown.
- Pharmacy – Navarro Pharmacy – Location: South Terminal, Airside by the H-J Connector. Hours 6:00AM – 9:00PM • Air Essentials – Location: North Terminal, Landside, Concourse D East, Level 1. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM.
- Mobile Charging – A reader mentioned that there are plenty of outlets/USB ports available for charging devices Airside, by Gate D.
- ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside.
- Banking Services – Bank of America offers full-service banking in the airport. Location: North Terminal D, 4th Level. Hours: unknown.
- Currency Exchange – International Currency Exchange (ICE) kiosks are available in these locations:
» South Terminal, Landside, Concourse H, Level 3, Arrivals (Hours: 1:00PM – 8:00PM)
» North Terminal, Concourse C, Level 2 (Hours: 7:00AM – 8:30PM)
» Central Terminal, Landside, Concourse E, Level 2 (Hours: 5:00AM – 11:00PM) • Landside, Concourse F, Level 2 (Hours: 10:30AM – 9:30PM) • Landside, Concourse G, Level 2 (Hours: 7:00AM – 5:00PM).
- Pet Relief Area – Both open and fenced-in pet relief areas are available outside of all three terminals on the Arrivals level. Indoor pet relief rooms have artificial turf and clean-up supplies, and are located airside near the following gates: D34 • F7 • G5 • J3.
- Therapy Dogs – Be on the look out for the airport’s trained therapy dog, a golden retriever that walks around the terminal two days a week with its owner to snuggle with dog loving travelers.
- Chapel – Gather your thoughts in peace or prayer at the airport’s non-denominational chapel. The chapel also offers Christian services in English and Spanish on designated days, and a weekly Catholic mass. Location: North Terminal, Concourse D, 1st Level, landside, between International Arrivals and Carousel 22. Hours: Unknown, but a reader let us know that it is not open 24 hours. No overnight sleeping allowed here.
Rest & Relaxation:
- Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones.
- Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free Americas shops operate with varying schedules at the following locations: Concourse D East, airside, Gate D16 • Concourse D West, airside, Gate D30 • Concourse E, landside, 2nd Level • Concourse F, airside, Gate F11 • South Terminal, airside, H-J Connector • Concourse J, airside, Gate J6. A good variety of shops are also available to pass the time including 2 Hudson News stores which are open 4:15AM – 11:30PM (Terminal E, 2nd Level).
Showers, Salon & Spa:
- Salon & Spa Services – Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and other express services are available at Jetsetter Spa. Location: South Terminal, landside, Concourse H, 2nd Level. Hours: 8:00AM – 9:00PM • XpresSpa provides express salon services. Location: North Terminal, airside, Concourse D East, Gate D11. Hours: 7:00AM – 10:00PM.
- Showers – Available in the Admirals Club Lounge and Club America lounges.
- Smoking Area – Designated smoking areas are available outdoors, opposite Concourses D, E, F, H, and J on Levels 1 and 2. An indoor smoking lounge is available airside at the TGI Friday’s in Concourse D (Gate D36).
Things to Do & See:
- Art Exhibitions – There are several galleries and exhibits located throughout the terminals (landside and airside).
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From the Airport:
The Amtrak Train Station can be accessed by the Tri-Rail (although a bit of a walk is required), local bus (Bus 42 – Opa-Locka Tri-Rail Station) or with a taxi. Trip time ranges from 20 – 30 minutes.
ACE • Advantage • Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • E-Z • Hertz • National • Payless • Thrifty and more. Location: Rental Car Center, accessible by shuttle bus.
Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests.
Miami Beach Bus:
This travels between the Miami Intermodal Center (MIA) and Miami Beach. The Miami Beach Bus makes traveling to/from Miami International Airport to Miami Beach fast, easy and convenient. For just $2.65 each way, passengers can ride aboard 40-foot buses. The Airport Flyer runs every 30 minutes and provides express service from 6:00AM to 11:40PM, seven days a week. For more details visit the Miami Dade web site.
Metrorail Orange Line:
Metrorail’s Orange Line offers visitors easy, affordable access to Miami International Airport. Trains serving the MIA Metrorail station are marked ORANGE LINE. For schedules and costs, visit the Miami Dade web site.
The airport is well connected to the public transportation system:
- Metrorail’s Orange Line and Green Line offers visitors easy, affordable access to Miami International Airport and a variety of destinations throughout the region.
- MIA Mover provides a link between the terminals and the car rental facility.
For travelers looking for more distant adventures, the Tri-Rail provides service to Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
- Metro Bus offers 6 local bus lines connecting the airport and the region.
SuperShuttle provides shuttle bus transportation to a variety of destinations in the Miami Region. As of this March 2019 update, rates start at $11.00 for a one-way ticket.
Taxis are available on the arrival (ground) level of the airport outside the baggage claim areas.
Address: 2100 NW 42nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126, United States
Elevation: 3 m
Phone: +1 305-876-7000
Owner: Miami-Dade County
Founded in 1928, MIA now offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport. MIA is also the leading economic engine in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of $31.9 billion annually and about 60 percent of all Florida state tourists.