Airport recognized at Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards in Shanghai
MDAD Trade and Logistics Chief Emir Pineda accepts MIA’s AFLAS award for Best Airport in North America
On May 15, Miami International Airport was named Best Airport in North America at the 2018 Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards ceremony in Shanghai, in recognition of its excellence in the global air cargo sector over the past year.
The awards program, hosted and organized annually by industry publication Asia Cargo News, recognized leading cargo logistics service providers including air and shipping lines, air and sea ports, and other associated industry professionals.
The nomination and voting process, according to Asia Cargo News, allowed more than 10,000 readers and e-news subscribers of the publication to determine the leading organizations in the market and then select the winners – making the award results the opinion of service users rather than a panel of judges. MIA was chosen from a group of four finalists that also included Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Vancouver International Airport.
“Congratulations to MIA for receiving more well-deserved recognition because of its world-class cargo operations,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Miami-Dade County is incredibly fortunate to have America’s busiest international freight airport – and one of the world’s top 10 – within our community.”
MIA achieved its best year ever for freight tonnage in 2017, with 2.24 million total tons – a three-percent increase over 2016. The airport benefitted from four new international cargo carriers launching service last year: Etihad Cargo began weekly freighter flights between Miami, Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi in November; TACA Peru began four weekly freighter flights from five South American cities in August; Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM commenced 10 weekly flights from Cancun in March; and Qatar Airways launched two weekly cargo flights from Doha, with stops in Luxembourg, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Quito, and Liege, last February. Most recently, Southern Air began weekly all-cargo service between Hong Kong and MIA via Anchorage last month, and Skybus launched weekly cargo service to Peru in January.
In the last two years, MIA has introduced a host of innovative cargo initiatives, including: approval by the U.S. Department of Commerce to designate the airport land parcel as a Foreign Trade Zone magnet site; the formation of an e-commerce task force workshop with local air cargo industry stakeholders, with the goal of establishing Miami-Dade County as one of the world’s leading e-commerce hubs; Florida’s first-ever ocean-to-air perishables trans-shipment program last February, which allows perishable freight from local seaports to be trucked to MIA and depart by air without Customs duties; and MIA’s pharma hub designation by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which certifies that pharma products are transported in accordance with global best practices.
“It is an honor to be named Best Airport in North America by the readers of Asia Cargo News, especially given the caliber of the other airports shortlisted for this award,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola. “We are proud to be an example of excellence in the air cargo sector, and we look forward to strengthening trade and commerce even more within our world region.”
Written by leading transport and cargo industry journalists, Asia Cargo News is a vital source of intelligence for cargo, logistics and supply chain companies located in and doing business in Asia. The newspaper includes a range of in-depth features, news and analysis designed to meet the information needs of industry decision-makers.
“Thousands of shippers and industry experts have voted, making the results a true reflection of industry expertise,” said Asia Cargo News publisher Darren Barton. “The response was overwhelming.”
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On March 5th 2018, dozens of people filled the Florida Aviation Center to celebrate two local airmen, Andy Anderman and Terry Meek as they received the Federal Aviation Administration Wright Brothers’ Master Pilot Award. “These gentlemen are pillars in the aviation community,” said Federal Aviation Administration Safety Inspector Mark Keefer. “They’ve mentored people along the way for the last fifty plus years and we respect them deeply.” Andy Anderman and Terry Meek started their flying career together in the early 1960s at the Peter O. Knight Airport located in Tampa on Davis Islands. The airport’s operator offers a flight school and aerial tours of the Tampa Bay region. Both award recipients were honored to be recognized together as master pilots.
“It’s a real honor working with Terry, I’ve known him a long time he’s a good safe pilot. I enjoy his company and companionship,” said Anderman. “We went to different high schools but we both learned in high school,” said Meek. “It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, it is a rewarding experience, it really is.” Both the award recipients served in the U.S. Military, commercial airlines, and law enforcement. Anderman and Meek hope to inspire younger generations to become pilots.
Federal Aviation Administration Wright Brothers’ Master Pilot Award.
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola, CBP Executive Assistant Commissioner Todd Owen, and CBP Miami Port Director Christopher Maston cut the ceremonial ribbon for the new Concourse E passport screening facility at MIA.
Renovated Concourse E passport hall provides expedited screening
Today, officials from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate Miami International Airport’s newly renovated Concourse E federal inspection facility for international arrivals. The facility is the first in the country completely dedicated to providing expedited passport screening via facial recognition. The new technology verifies a travelers’ identity by matching a traveler to the document they are presenting.
“Miami International Airport, in partnership with CBP, has introduced yet another cutting-edge enhancement that improves the international arrival experience for visitors to our community,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Congratulations to the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and our federal partners for continuing to simplify passport screening at Florida’s busiest international gateway.”
Since launching the facial recognition pilot program in November, the Concourse E facility has been screening as many as 10 passengers per minute. In addition to providing the latest in expedited passport screening technology, the new facility reduces the walking distance for Concourse E and F passengers who previously only had access to the Concourse D passport hall – decongesting one of the country’s busiest arrivals facilities in the process as well.
A passenger is screened with new facial recognition passport screening technology.
“Aside from welcoming 96 percent of all visitors to Miami, our airport also welcomes 70 percent of international passengers to Florida,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, Chairperson of the County’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee. “With improvements like the new Concourse E passport clearance facility, MIA continues to deliver on its commitment to providing a world-class experience for travelers.”
The Concourse E facility follows another industry-leading innovation launched by MIA in 2017. Last August, MIA launched an update to the MIA Airport Official app that allows users to seamlessly access Mobile Passport Control and CBP Forms without ever leaving the app, the first airport in the world authorized by CBP to do so.
“Improving customer service through technology and innovation is our highest priority at MIA,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola. “We are proud to partner with CBP on this new technology, which has significantly reduced wait times for our international passengers.”
The re-designed, all-technology driven facility also offers passport clearance via Global Entry kiosks and the Mobile Passport Control (MPC) app for select flights arriving at concourses E and F.
“CBP’s core mission is to safeguard America’s borders,” said CBP Executive Assistant Commissioner Todd Owen. “We must balance our need to increase security while still expediting travel. Passenger volumes are on the rise here at the Miami International Airport. In order to meet the growing challenge of balancing traveler volumes and security, CBP has partnered with industry stakeholders to leverage biometric technology and systems.”
The Greater Miami Aviation Association, the longest serving industry association in Florida (since 1927), has announced today the launching of its newest effort in promoting Aerospace studies in South Florida.
The Dedicated Scholarship Program will allow Corporations, Organizations, Foundations and private individuals, to award scholarships to young aviators from our area, who are seeking careers as pilots, aircraft engineers, mechanics & technicians, control tower operators, administrators and managers. All such students will have to adhere to the current scholarship criteria set by the
GMAA- Batchelor Foundation and these are:
Active enrollment in one of the 8 accredited schools
Completion of at least 30 credits
Maintaining a suitable GPA (3.0 or higher)
US citizen or Resident Alien
Must demonstrate financial need
To become a dedicated Scholarship Sponsor, the corporation or individual must pledge to the GMAA foundation, which is a 501c3 organization, a minimum of $100,000 over 10 years. In return, two (2) scholarships per year will be named after the Sponsor, and they themselves will award the scholarships to the recipients, and be recognized at our annual gala.
Should you be interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Aviv Tzur, President of the GMAA.
U.S. Department of Commerce approves FTZ operations on MIA property
MIA’s west cargo area – part of the new FTZ magnet site.
Last week, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) gained final approval from the U.S. Department of Commerce to designate Miami International Airport’s entire 3,230-acre land parcel as a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) magnet site. The magnet site designation allows existing or prospective airport tenants to operate manufacturing, warehousing and/or distribution centers on airport property, and have their federal tariffs deferred, reduced or eliminated – providing time and cost savings for approved importers and exporters.
“The MIA FTZ creates an attractive business opportunity for companies to begin or expand their operations directly on-site at the passenger and cargo gateway of the Americas,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Congratulations to the MIA team for achieving this significant milestone, which has strong potential for new business revenue and job creation in our community.”
The new magnet site – an expansion of Miami-Dade County’s existing FTZ 281 – will allow companies to receive and process materials and merchandise with reduced or eliminated Customs duties upon entry into the country at MIA.
“I commend the Aviation Department and PortMiami, for bringing this important designation to MIA and to Miami-Dade County,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, Chairperson of the County’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee. “Because of their efforts with our federal partners, MIA can be an even larger economic engine for our community.”
Companies handling high-traffic commodities at MIA – pharmaceuticals, electronics, textiles, footwear, auto parts, aircraft parts, avionics, machinery equipment, consumer goods and perishables – are expected to be FTZ applicants. To be an FTZ operator, companies must first complete an application with PortMiami – the grantee of FTZ 281 – and then receive approval from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The expedited application process takes approximately 30 days.
“Our FTZ magnet site approval dovetails perfectly with our growth strategy as one of the world’s leading pharma hubs, as well as our efforts to become the e-commerce hub of the Americas,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Department Chief of Staff Joseph Napoli. “We look forward to opening new doors at MIA within the trade and logistics industries.”
FTZ 281 encompasses land from S.W. 8th Street to the Broward County line, and from Miami Beach in the east to the Urban Development line in the west. Companies within an FTZ are able to defer paying duties only when product exits the site, reduce duties on combined finished products instead of on each individual product, and eliminate duties on products being imported to the site and then exported.
In 2016, MIA’s air trade was valued at $57.3 billion – representing 92 percent of the value of Florida’s total air trade and 40 percent of the State’s total (air and sea) trade with the world.
“Six years after being approved by the U.S. Department of Commerce, FTZ 281 has more than 65 approved sites,” said PortMiami Director and CEO Juan M. Kuryla. ”Adding MIA as a magnet site is a huge accomplishment. It makes Miami a more competitive global gateway for growing international trade and commerce in Miami-Dade County. We welcome MIA to FTZ281.”
The FTZ magnet site follows other business development initiatives launched recently by MDAD, including: MIA’s first e-commerce workshop with more than 30 local air cargo industry stakeholders in January, with the goal of establishing Miami-Dade County as one of the world’s leading e-commerce hubs; Florida’s first-ever ocean-to-air perishables trans-shipment program last February, which allows perishable freight from local seaports to be trucked to MIA and depart by air without Customs duties; and MIA’s pharma hub designation by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which certifies that pharma products are transported in accordance with global best practices. Four MIA pharma hub partners became IATA-certified in 2017, and MIA’s pharma trade has grown in value from $1.8 billion 2010 to $4.4 billion in 2016. MIA was named “Best Freighter Hub” in the world by Freighter World magazine in 2017.