Miami Int’l focuses global, goes pharma

Miami International Airport is looking to an end of year upswing to offset a year where problems in the South American economies subdued volumes, while a freshly minted IATA CEIV certifi cation opens up new possibilities. Michael Mackey reports.


Matching this, but landside, are changes
which improve on road connections.

“The Florida Department of
Transportation (FDOT) is reconstructing
MIA’s corridor for freight trucks between
the airport’s cargo area and Florida’s
highway system,” said Mangos.

Scheduled for completion in 2016, the
project will provide better connections to
the main concentration of Miami’s freight
forwarders and logistics companies. On
a daily basis, more than 48,000 vehicles
utilise the corridor and more than 5,000 of
those vehicles are freight trucks that need
to access MIA’s cargo area, said Mangos.

All this of course has implications for
the ease with which cargo can be shifted,
but taken all together they move Miami
further away from being just an ‘Americas’
airport.

“With service now to the fast-growing
Middle East hubs of Doha and Istanbul,
19 current European destinations and
more cities in Latin America and the
Caribbean than any other US airport, MIA
continues to evolve from the ‘Gateway of
the Americas’ to a truly global gateway,”
said Mangos.

It is possible to detect a hint of rhetoric
in there, but clearly there is as much truth
as hyperbole.