Miami Airport MIA
Miami International Airport, or MIA, is the third busiest airport in the U.S. in terms of international traffic and second busiest airport in Florida by total passenger traffic. MIA is the primary airport serving the Miami area, Florida. MIA is also South Florida’s main airport for international and long-haul flights.
The airport is located in Miami-Dade County, 8 miles northwest of Downtown Miami, adjacent to the cities of Miami and Miami Springs. Over 80 airlines operate at the MIA airport, with about 150 destinations worldwide.
MIA is the 13th busiest airport in the US in terms of passenger traffic. In 2019, the airport served over 45 million passengers, breaking its all previous records. MIA airport serves as a main gateway between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Airport Stats & Facts
- MIA offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport.
- MIA is one of the top airports U.S. in terms of international freight.
- Miami International Airport contributes 275,708 jobs directly or indirectly in the local economy.
- The airport expects to process 77 million passengers and 4 million tons of freight annually by 2040.
- Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners approved an improvement plan of $5 billion for MIA which will be implemented over 15 years, concluding in 2035.
- MIA airport serves close to 60% of all international visitors to Florida.
Airport Traveling Tips
- MIA airport peak hours are between 5am & 11am and between 7pm & 9pm. The busiest days are usually Thursdays and Fridays.
- During peak hours, you should drop-off your passenger at curbsides of the departure terminal. If you are using Uber or Lyft, you should use the middle lane of the first floor of the airport. For arrivals, you can use the arrivals Level at the middle median outside of doors 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 15, 20 and 23. There are special signs for pickup and drop-off points which you should follow.
- According to airport guidelines, you should arrive two hours prior to your domestic flight and three hours prior to your international flight. TSA security wait times could result in delays. Therefore, to avoid the risk of missing your flight, make sure to reach the airport well before your flight time.
- It’s also helpful to take a look at Miami Airport map before leaving your home for the airport.
Passenger Pick-up and Drop-off
- If you are going to MIA to pick up a passenger, ask them to come to the following doors of the ground level depending upon their terminal:
- North Terminal D - Door 15
- Central Terminal E - Door 20
- Central Terminal F - Door 24
- Central Terminal G - Door 26
- South Terminal H - Door 31 or Door 34
- South Terminal J - Door 40
- You cannot park at curbsides. Therefore, if your passenger hasn’t arrived yet, you should use the free cell phone parking located at LeJeune Road and NW 31 Street, accessible from LeJeune Road heading North or South. You can also use a parking garage for $2 every 20 minutes.
- For departures, head to Level 2 as check-in and ticketing are located at this level.
- For arriving flights, take a look at MIA Arriving Flight status page which shows MIA arrival times, delays, time-to-land and gate info.
- For departing flights, see our MIA Departing Flight status page to check actual and scheduled departure times, flight delays, map tracking and MIA airport gate info.
- You can also book a flight at MIA directly and check the best fares and offers at the airport.
Miami International Airport has 6 concourses, divided between three terminals. These terminals include North Terminal (Blue), Central Terminal (Yellow) and South Terminal (Red).
There are three levels of the MIA airport.
Level 1: Arrivals and Baggage Claim area. Ground transportation options are also available at this level.
Level 2: Departures, check-in and ticketing. Concourses D, E, F, F, H and J are located at this level. Other important facilities at this level include valet parking, hotel shuttles and the economy park and ride shuttle.
Level 3: This level is mainly dedicated to parking lots and garages. Some international arrivals for concourses D, E and F are processed in the North Terminal level 3.
North Terminal (Blue)
This terminal has 45 gates (D1-D60). It is the main hub of Caribbean and Latin America services. Main airlines operating at this terminal are American Airlines and Eagle. Main concourse at this terminal is D.
Central Terminal (Yellow)
This terminal hosts concourses E, F and G. It has 52 gates. Main airlines operating at this terminal are American Airlines, British Airways, United, Iberia, Interjet and Qatar, Air Europa, Air Italy, Cayman, Sunwing and Eurowings.
South Terminal (Red)
Concourse H and J are located at this terminal. It has 28 gates. Main airlines include Air France, Delta, Turkish Airlines, GOL, KLM, Avianca, Virgin, Lufthansa, Caribbean Airlines and Air Canada.
Moving Between the Terminals
All terminals are connected to each other. Moving walkways are located in the third level and some of them are at the central terminal from where you can go to the MIA Mover Station to reach the rental car center.
Elevated Skytrain is located at the North Terminal. Using the Skytrain you can reach Concourse D.
To reach your destination from Miami International Airport, using MIA Mover is a great option. Mover is an automated people mover system. You can access Mover on the 3rd level between the Dolphin and Flamingo garage. You can also use MIA e-Train to reach E gates satellite building to the main terminal.
- MIA serves 89 domestic and international airlines as of March 2020, including American Airlines, Air Canada, Copa, Delta, Frontier Airlines, British Airways, JetBlue, AeroFlot, Avianca, Iberia, Gulf, Etihad, Emirates and Lufthansa.
- The airport is a major hub of American Airlines for passenger traffic. It is also a focus city of Avianca, Frontier Airlines, and LATAM for both passenger and cargo operations. As of June 2019, American Airlines accounted for about 69.5% of the total operations of the airport, followed by Delta and United.
- View the full list of airlines served at MIA.
Miami Airport Parking
There are numerous parking options available at the airport. These options include:
There are two main garages available at the MIA airport. The Dolphin garage serves terminals D and E, whereas the Flamingo garage serves central terminals F and G and south terminals H and J. The cost of garage parking is $2 for every 20 minutes. Maximum daily rate is $17.
Valet parking is a great option if you want to avoid worrying about where to park and how to find your car. Valet parking services are located at departures, 2nd level of the Dolphin (North) and Flamingo (South) garage.
Rates of valet parking at MIA start from $18 and go up to $30 for full day.
Cell Phone Waiting Lot
This is the best parking option if you plan to wait for your passenger. You can park at the cell phone waiting lot for free, and use the internet and phone services to coordinate with your passenger.
There are ample ground transportation options to reach MIA or access your destination from the airport.
We will mention some of the easiest and affordable options that you can use.
You can use Metrobus, Metrorail and Tri-Rail airport available at the Miami Central Station.
For public transit, it’s recommended that you use EASY Card pass, which you can obtain from EASY Card vending machines located at the Miami Central Station.
To reach your destination from Miami Airport, using MIA Mover is a great option. Mover is an automated people mover system. You can access Mover on the 3rd level between the Dolphin and Flamingo garage.
Metrorail train is another extremely viable public transportation option at MIA. Metrorail departs after every 30 minutes on weekdays, and after every 15 minutes peak times.
You should use the “Green Line” Metrorail to reach Palmetto, Okeechobee, Hialeah, Tri-Rail, Northside, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or Brownsville stations.
“Orange Line” Metrorail is for Dadeland North, South Miami, University, Douglas Road, Coconut Grove, Vizcaya, Brickell, Government Center, Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre, Culmer, Civic Center, Santa Clara, Allapattah or Earlington Heights stations.
Fare starts from $2.25 each way.
Miami Beach Bus
MIA operates a special service from the airport to Miami beach. Just take Miami Beach Bus (runs after every 30 minutes) to reach the famous beach. The service costs $2.25 each way.
You can also use the Tri-Rail service at MIA airport. The service links to Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. To use the service, head to 3rd Level of the terminal and follow the signs to take the MIA Mover to the Miami Central Station.
You can also use Metro Bus to reach MIA or go to your destination from the airport. Routes serving the airport include 37, 42, 57, J, 150 Miami Beach Airport Express and East-West Connection.
Over 15 rental car companies operate at the Miami International Airport. You can reach the rental car services section using MIA Mover which is located on the 3rd level between the Dolphin and Flamingo garages.
Taxicabs are located on the arrival (ground) level of MIA, outside the baggage claim areas. The cost of taxicab is $6.90 for the first mile and $2.40 for each additional mile. Waiting time is $.40 per minute. Flat rate options are also available.
You can also use ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft at MIA. Dedicated area for these services is arrivals level 1 at the middle median outside of doors 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 15, 20 and 23.
Hotel shuttle buses operate at the Miami airport. They pick up and drop off passengers on the arrivals level 1 at designated zones outside of baggage claim across from doors 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 15, 20 & 23.
Amenities & Services
MIA Airport has over 130 shopping stores and more than 110 dining options. You can eat at your favorite restaurants and food chains including Burger King, Dunkin’, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, T.G.I Friday’s and Wendy’s. The airport features:
Shopping stores, restaurants, coffee shops and bars
Shoeshine and shoe repair shops
The Miami International Airport is owned by the Miami-Dade County government. The airport’s operations are run by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.
Address: 2100 NW 42nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126
Phone: MIA INFORMATION: Tel: 305-876-7000
Toll Free: 1-800-TALK MIA (800-825-5642)
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MIA Airport: A Brief History
- The first airport on the site of MIA Airport opened in the 1920s. It was known as Miami City Airport.
- Airport services started on September 15, 1928, when Captain Edwin Musick piloted a Sikorsky-38 to Havana via Key West. American aviator Charles Lindbergh attended the inauguration ceremony.
- The airport was named Miami International Airport in 1948.
- American Airlines announced its plans to establish its base at MIA in August 1988.
- The automated people mover system at MIA began its operations in 2011. The project costs totaled about $270 million.
Miami Airport FAQs
Q. Is Miami Airport the same as MIA?
A. Yes. The airport’s official name is Miami International Airport, but it is commonly known as MIA.
Q. How far is the Miami Airport from downtown Miami?
A. The airport is 8 miles northwest of Downtown Miami.
Q. What airlines have a hub in MIA Airport?
A.The airport is the main hub of American Airlines.
Q. Can you sleep in the Miami Airport?
A. Yes. There are plenty of places to sleep in Miami Airport. The airport has several spots where you can sleep. Terminal D has a lot of sleeping spots and carpeted corners. You can also sleep near baggage carousels 1-6 and Besame Mucho flower artwork. Some sleeping spaces are located outside of the Auditorium in North Terminal.
Check out some layover ideas to kill time at MIA.
Q. When is the best time to fly to Miami?
A. In terms of cost, January is typically the cheapest month to fly into the MIA Airport.
Q. What cities can I fly nonstop from Miami?
A. MIA offers several non-stop destinations. Check out our direct flights page to see where you can go!
Q. How many airports are in Miami?
A. MIA is one of the three major airports serving the Miami metropolitan area. The other two airports are Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport and Palm Beach Airport.
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