MIAMI (CBSMiami) – International passengers arriving at Miami International Airport on American Airlines and other airlines in concourses D, E and F on Tuesday were the first pass through the new three-level, 400,000-square-foot international arrivals facility.
Airport officials say the new $180 million facility in the middle of the North Terminal is adjacent to the skytrain which can whisk passengers to any of the other 47 gates in the terminal in less than four minutes. In the passport control area, there are now 72 lanes which can process two thousand passengers an hour. MIA is also one of the only U.S. airports with six dedicated lanes for Global Entry, which provides expedited processing for travelers who have registered with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The opening of the North Terminal’s new international arrivals facility comes at a time when airport officials say visitors to Miami-Dade County are at record-breaking numbers. MIA is now the top U.S. airport for international flights, with nearly 1,300 weekly flights serving 85 international destinations.