Remote parking area at MIA as seen from short final to 26L. Aircraft visible are 2 x AA AB6, 2 x AA 763, 2 x AA 757, AA 738, AA M80, and Planet and Falcon 72S. (Photo by Ron Peel)

Identifier FAA: MIA | IATA: MIA | ICAO: KMIA Airport Diagram
Lat/Long 25-47-43.3129N / 080-17-24.4175W
25-47.721882N / 080-17.406958W
25.7953647 / -80.2901160
Elevation 8 ft. / 2.4 m (surveyed)
Variation 05W (2000)
From city 8 miles NW of MIAMI, FL
Time zone UTC -4 (UTC -5 during Standard Time)
Zip code 33126
Airport use Open to the public
Activation date 04/1940
Sectional chart MIAMI
Control tower Yes
ARTCC Miami Center
NOTAMs facility MIA (NOTAM-D service available)
Attendance Continuous
Wind indicator Lighted
Segmented circle No
Lights Dusk-Dawn
Beacon White-green (lighted land airport)
Landing fee Yes
Fire and rescue ARFF index E
International operations international airport of entry
Runway 9/27
Dimensions 13000 x 150 ft. / 3962 x 46 m
Surface asphalt/grooved, in good condition
Weight bearing capacity
Single wheel:  130.0
Double wheel:  210.0
Double tandem:  420.0
Dual double tandem:  850.0
Instrument approach Runway 9: ILS
  Runway 27: ILS
Runway 8R/26L
Dimensions 10506 x 200 ft. / 3202 x 61 m
Surface asphalt/grooved, in good condition
Weight bearing capacity
Single wheel:  130.0
Double wheel:  210.0
Double tandem:  420.0
Dual double tandem:  850.0
Runway edge lights high intensity
Instrument approach Runway 8R: ILS/DME
  Runway 26L: ILS/DME
Runway 12/30
Dimensions 9354 x 150 ft. / 2851 x 46 m
Surface asphalt/grooved, in good condition
Weight bearing capacity
Single wheel:  130.0
Double wheel:  210.0
Double tandem:  420.0
Dual double tandem:  850.0
Instrument approach Runway 12: ILS/DME
  Runway 30: ILS/DME
Runway 8L/26R
Dimensions 8600 x 150 ft. / 2621 x 46 m
Weight bearing capacity
Single wheel:  130.0
Double wheel:  210.0
Double tandem:  420.0
Dual double tandem:  850.0
Instrument approach Runway 8L: LOC/DME
  Runway 26R: LOC/DME
Ownership and Management
Ownership Publicly-owned
PO BOX 025504
MIAMI, FL 33102-5504
Phone 305-876-7077
Manager JOSE ABREU, P.E.
PO BOX 025504
MIAMI, FL 33102-5504
Phone 305-876-7077
JIM MURPHY, AIR OPS DIR 305-876-7516.

MIA Live Traffic

MIA Sectional Chart

The airport was opened to flights in 1928 as Pan American Field, the operating base of Pan American Airways Corporation, on the north side of the modern airport property. After Pan Am acquired the New York, Rio, and Buenos Aires Line, it shifted most of its operations to the Dinner Key seaplane base, leaving Pan Am Field largely unused until Eastern Air Lines began flying there in 1934, followed by National Airlines in 1937.In 1945, the City of Miami established a Port Authority and raised bond revenue to purchase the airport, which had meanwhile been renamed 36th Street Airport, from Pan Am. It was merged with an adjoining Army airfield in 1949 and expanded further in 1951. The old terminal on 36th Street was closed in 1959 when the modern passenger terminal (since greatly expanded) opened for service.Air Force Reserve troop carrier and rescue squadrons also operated from Miami International from 1949 through 1959, when the last such unit relocated to nearby Homestead Air Force Base, now Homestead Air Reserve Base.

Pan Am and Eastern remained Miami International Airport’s main tenants until 1991, when both carriers went bankrupt. Their hubs at MIA were taken over by United Airlines and American Airlines, respectively. United slowly trimmed down its Miami operation through the 1990s, and eventually shut down its crew base and other operations facilities in Miami. At the same time, American expanded its presence at the airport, winning new routes to Latin America and transferring employees and equipment from its failed domestic hubs at Nashville and Raleigh-Durham. Today, Miami is American’s largest air freight hub, and forms the main connecting point in the airline’s north-south oriented international route network.

For many years, the airport was a common connecting point for passengers traveling from Europe to Latin America. However, stricter visa requirements for aliens in transit (a result, in part, of the September 11, 2001 attacks) have lessened MIA’s role as an intercontinental connecting hub. In 2004, Iberia Airlines ended its hub operation in Miami, opting instead to run more direct flights from Spain to Central America. Air France continues to run flights to Port-au-Prince using Airbus A320 aircraft.

AeroSur, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, American Eagle, Gulfstream International Airlines, Sky King Airlines, and Vision Airlines all operate regular flights between MIA and several airports in Cuba, the one of the few direct airlink between the two nations. However, these flights must be booked through agents with special authorization from the Office of Foreign Assets Control, and are only generally available to government officials, journalists, researchers, professionals attending conferences, or expatriates visiting Cuban family.

  • On April 25, 1951 Cubana de Aviación Flight 493, a Douglas DC-4 en route from Miami, Florida to Havana, Cuba, collides in mid-air with a United States Navy Beech SNB-1 Kansan off Key West. All 43 aboard both aircraft are killed.
  • On February 1, 1957, Miami-bound Northeast Airlines Flight 823 crashed on take-off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
  • On 2 October 1959, a Vickers Viscount of Cubana de Aviación was hijacked on a flight from José Martí International Airport, Havana to Antonio Maceo Airport, Santiago. The aircraft landed at Miami International Airport.
  • On January 6, 1960, National Airlines Flight 2511, a Douglas DC-6B bound from New York to Miami, crashes near Bolivia, North Carolina, when a bomb planted on board explodes in mid-air. All 34 people on board are killed.
  • On 12 April 1960, All three crew and a passenger of a Vickers Viscount of Cubana de Aviación claimed political asylum after the aircraft landed at Miami International Airport.
  • On February 12, 1963, Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 705 crashed into the Everglades while en route from Miami to Portland, Oregon via Chicago O’Hare, Spokane, and Seattle.
  • On December 29, 1972, Eastern Air Lines Flight 401, a Lockheed L-1011, crashed into the Everglades (the subject of Hollywood movie, The Ghost Of Flight 401).
  • On January 13, 1982, Air Florida Flight 90, a Boeing 737, crashed in Washington, D.C.. The aircraft had flown up from Miami on a flight earlier that day.
  • On January 1, 1985 Eastern Air Lines Flight 980, a Boeing 727, crashed into the mountains in Bolivia. The plane originated in Asunción and was bound to Miami via La Paz, Bolivia and Guayaquil.
  • On December 20, 1995, American Airlines Flight 965 crashed into a mountain while en route from Miami to Cali.
  • On May 11, 1996, ValuJet Flight 592 crashed into the Everglades after take-off from Miami en route to Atlanta.
  • On October 2, 1996, Aeroperú Flight 603 crashed after takeoff from Lima, Peru. The flight, which originated in Miami, was continuing to Santiago, Chile.
  • On August 7, 1997, Fine Air 101, a Douglas DC-8 cargo plane, crashed onto NW 72nd Avenue less than a mile (1.6 km) from the airport.
  • On February 2, 1998, two Skyway Enterprises Shorts 330-200 aircraft (N2630A and N2629Y) were damaged beyond repair by a tornado at Miami International Airport. Both aircraft had to be written off. No one was injured.
  • On December 22, 2001, American Airlines Flight 63, en route from Paris to Miami, was the target of “shoe bomber” Richard Reid.
  • On December 7, 2005, forty-four year old Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 924, claimed to have a bomb in his carry-on luggage while boarding the flight’s second leg to Orlando, Florida after arriving on a flight from Quito, Ecuador; the flight had just arrived from Medellín, Colombia. Federal air marshals reportedly shot and killed the man as he attempted to escape the plane after being confronted onboard, marking the first time an air marshal has fired a weapon on or near an airplane.
  • On August 31, 2006, US Airways Flight 431 from Charlotte caught fire on the runway. All 118 passengers and crew on board were evacuated safely and there were no injuries. The fire occurred in the left wheel well of the 737 after the tires blew upon landing, and was extinguished with foam by firefighters. Passengers have stated that the plane was shaking violently as it landed.

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