MIA welcomes the first Johnnie Walker Store in the Americas

Miami-Dade Aviation Department Chief of Staff Joseph Napoli (center) cuts the ribbon with Duty Free Americas and Diageo Global Travel officials

Diageo Global Travel and Johnnie Walker are proud to announce the opening of a new luxury store in partnership with Duty Free Americas at Miami International Airport. The first of its kind in the Americas and MIA, the Johnnie Walker Store is located in the airport’s Concourse D.

Offering a luxurious interactive shopping experience, this new 1,145 sq. ft. store features an exclusive Johnnie Walker variant exhibition which showcases the latest products from the brand as well offering shoppers special personalisation and gifting opportunities through unique gifts, customised labelling and engraving services. The heritage and special edition bottle displays will take visitors on a journey through the proud history and provenance of the world’s No.1 Scotch Whisky*, and give them the opportunity to indulge in a tasting experience at the store’s elegantly designed bar.

“Johnnie Walker’s world-renowned brand speaks for itself, which is why we are extremely proud to be the first airport in the Americas to feature one of its luxury stores,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Department Chief of Staff Joseph Napoli. “Congratulations to Diageo and Duty Free Americas on achieving this major milestone.”

Dayalan Nayager, Managing Director, Diageo Global Travel, said: “I would like to thank our partners at Duty Free Americas and Miami International Airport for this collaboration. Miami International Airport is the largest gateway between the United States and Latin America with over 44.5 million passengers travelling through it last year alone. This has made it a vital place for the super deluxe Scotch Whisky category and therefore the ideal location for the opening of this luxury Johnnie Walker Store. Designed to educate and inspire travellers, this store offers an interactive shopping experience that explores the history and pioneering spirit of this much-loved brand.”

Inspired by the location, Johnnie Walker will offer a limited-edition bottle to consumers. Created by local Miami illustrator Ernesto Maranje, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Miami Edition brings to life the brand’s journey from the agricultural lands of Kilmarnock in Scotland to the glistening shores of Miami through a series of hand-drawn illustrations. With only 500 bottles produced, this limited-edition bottle celebrates the pioneering spirit of Johnnie Walker which was one of the world’s first international brands to make its way to the USA in 1883. This special collector’s edition is currently on display in the store and will be available for purchase from March 2018.

Leon Falic, President, Duty Free Americas, commented: “We are excited to partner with Diageo to open the first Johnnie Walker Store in The Americas. This stunning whisky emporium has created an immersive luxury retail experience for our consumers looking to purchase and experience something extra special. Duty Free Americas remains committed to providing shoppers with engaging brand experiences and therefore we are delighted to welcome this exciting new addition to Miami International Airport.”

The store will also be offering a range of Scotch whiskies for consumers to discover. Each is one of many single malt and grain whiskies that are available to the makers of Johnnie Walker in their pursuit of flavour. This will include The Singleton, Talisker, Oban, Lagavulin and some of our Special Release malts.

The Johnnie Walker Store is now open to travelers to enjoy in Miami International Airport’s North Terminal, located near Gate D14.

MIA honors its top cargo and service providers

Airport presents Second Annual 2017 Non-Terminal Operator of the Year Awards

The Miami–Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) recognized Miami International Airport’s top cargo handlers and service providers on December 1 at MIA’s Second Annual 2017 Non-Terminal Operator of the Year Awards Ceremony.

Avianca Cargo was named the 2017 MIA Air Cargo Carrier of the Year; Worldwide Flight Services earned 2017 MIA Air Cargo Handler of the Year; AAR MRO Services received the 2017 MIA Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of the Year award; Pan Am International Flight Academy was named 2017 MIA Aviation Technical/Support Service Provider of the Year; and Silver Lining Inflight Catering won the 2017 Permittee of the Year award.

 Contestants were judged by an independent panel of professionals that included representatives from Heico Aerospace and the International Air Transport Association. Each contestant was judged based on the use of technology/innovation; economic impact/job growth; awards/industry certifications received; and community involvement.

“Annual cargo shipments at MIA, in dollar value, represent 92 percent of Florida’s air trade and 40 percent of the State’s air and sea trade with the world – providing enormous economic impact not only for Miami-Dade County, but for our state and our nation,” said MDAD Chief of Staff Joseph Napoli, who oversees MIA cargo development. “Our cargo partners and service providers outside of the MIA passenger terminal are major contributors to that success and deserve to be recognized, which is why we are proud to honor this year’s Non-Terminal Operator of the Year award winners.”

MIA ranked the most transit-accessible airport in the U.S.

The MIA Metrorail Station.

New study rated MIA highest among America’s 20 busiest airports

Miami International Airport has been ranked the most transit-accessible airport in America, according to a study released yesterday by transportation technology firm TransitScreen. MIA received a TransitScreen MobilityScore of 66 (on a scale of one to 100). The study analyzed the 20 busiest U.S. airports in passenger traffic and their access to buses, trains and taxis, in addition to ride-sharing, bike-sharing and car-sharing options.

The study highlighted that Miami Central Station – the ground transportation hub connected to MIA – provides nine bus routes to various neighborhoods, while transit options at other U.S. airports mostly carry passengers straight to downtown. Miami Central Station also houses stations for Metrorail, Tri-Rail and inter-city buses, and is adjacent to a full-service Rental Car Center with 14 companies – all within one intermodal complex. MIA is connected to the Miami Central Station by a 1.25-mile automated people mover system.

“This national study is encouraging news for our residents and for visitors to our community,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez. “MIA continues to earn accolades for its passenger and cargo operations, concessions, customer service, and now, for its ground transportation options.”

“We are proud to offer our passengers the most transit-accessible airport in the U.S.,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “The multi-modal transportation options available under one roof at the Miami Central Station is another way that MIA is providing an enhanced travel experience for our passengers.”

TransitScreen was launched in 2013 from a civic technology project at the Mobility Lab research and development initiative, which focused on urban mobility solutions. It is now headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Experience Miami Art Week at MIA

Andrew Antonaccio’s (2alas) installation, (You) Wish You Were Here, at the International Greeters’ Lobby in Concourse J.

Airport opens four new art exhibits ahead of Art Basel Miami Beach

This month, passengers traveling through MIA can have a Miami Art Week experience without even leaving the airport – thanks to four new exhibits by Miami-based artists opening just ahead of Art Basel Miami Beach.

Anastasia Samoylova’s Landscape Sublime, on display until mid-January at gates D22 and D25, features a variety of nature-themed images assembled in a still life. To create the series, the artist gathered digital images from the web and grouped them by the types of subject they depict. Once printed, these were sculpted into temporary installations and re-photographed. The final compositions presented by the Russian-born artist give these environments a sense of materiality. Samoylova’s work integrates notions of environmentalism, consumerism and the picturesque, and explores how photography is used to illustrate concepts of beauty and nature in contemporary visual culture. During Miami Art Week, Samoylova will be part of Transform, a group exhibition at Alfa Gallery that will showcase the work of 30 artists.

Evelyn Politzer’s Knitting as Poetry installation at MIA’s The Eye Has to Travel gallery.

10,000 Years of Miami by painter John William Bailly, on display in the Central Terminal Gallery just past MIA’s Concourse E security checkpoint, is the artist’s reflection on his journey of self-discovery and his rediscovery of Miami’s rich and diverse history. With this exhibition, consisting of paintings and works on paper, Bailly challenges the popular perception of Miami, engages viewers in self-reflection, and raises awareness of mankind’s interconnectedness.

With Knitting as Poetry: Reflections on the Natural Environment, on display near gate D29 until May, artist Evelyn Politzer celebrates fiber arts and the techniques of knitting and crochet as artistic forms. The Uruguayan-born artist’s creative expression offers a bridge between the history of craft as “women’s work” and modern concerns regarding the natural environment.

Lastly, the Andrew Antonaccio (2alas) site-specific installation (You) Wish You Were Here, unveiled last week, pays tribute to the traditional postcard, which (before social media) used to be the quick, popular way to share one’s location with friends and family back home. The mixed-media collage features Antonaccio’s distinctive black-and-white linear composition combined with digitally manipulated archive images such as Art Deco hotels, a palm tree promenade on Ocean Drive, chrome-bejeweled vintage cars cruising past the beach, and even the iconic neon sign that once welcomed travelers to MIA on N.W. 36th Street. During Miami Art Week, 2alas will be part of Juxtapoz Clubhouse, a partnership exhibition between Juxtapoz Magazine and adidas Skateboarding that will include art installations, activations, murals, site-specific projects and a special adidas Showcase.

“In addition to enhancing the travel experience, the goal of our rotating exhibition program is to give passengers a sense of place as well,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Department Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Director Gendry Sherer. “Our four new exhibitions certainly accomplish that and more, by showcasing local artists whose work is also on display outside of the airport at Miami Art Week events.”

Together, these exhibitions continue the primary mission of the Aviation Department’s Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Division to humanize and enrich the airport environment through the commission of contemporary artwork and the presentation of exhibitions in various media that communicate culture, environment and art resources of an international scope. To learn more about other exhibits in the MIA Galleries, visit http://www.miami-airport.com/mia_galleries.asp.

Miami airport CEO announces departure

“As you may have heard, I have submitted my resignation as Aviation Director effective February 1, 2018. In case you have not seen it, I’ve attached the announcement about my resignation that was issued by the Mayor’s office.

It has been my honor and privilege to serve as the Director of MIA. This community is filled with top-notch professionals who collectively pull together to make this place so great. Please know, I value all your friendships.

I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished. During our time together, MIA has become an award-winning international economic powerhouse and global brand for both passenger and cargo services. Our concessions are internationally acclaimed, our customer service excels, our lineup of carriers surpasses any airport in North America, and our facilities are world-class.

As we approach this holiday season, I’m grateful to each of you and your employees, and I wish you the very best. Thank you.”

Happy Holidays,

Emilio T. González
Aviation Director
Miami-Dade Aviation Department

Etihad Airways launches all-cargo flights at MIA

Etihad Airways B777-200F aircraft

New Abu Dhabi service is airport’s second freighter route in the Middle East  

On November 7, Miami International Airport welcomed its first weekly flight by Etihad Cargo – the cargo division of Five-Star-rated Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates. The new scheduled freighter flights, served by Boeing 777-200F aircraft, make a stop in Columbus, Ohio before continuing to Miami, Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi. The route launch makes Miami the airline’s third U.S. cargo route and fourth in the Western Hemisphere, joining Columbus, Tucson and Bogota. Etihad Cargo’s entry into the Miami market now also gives MIA two all-cargo routes in the surging Middle East region.

“We proudly welcome Etihad Cargo to Miami-Dade County,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez. “Their addition to the local cargo industry brings new revenue and job creation to our community, which is already home to the busiest international freight airport in America.”

Etihad Airways is the fourth carrier to launch all-cargo service at MIA this year. In February, Qatar Airways launched two weekly cargo flights from Doha and Miami, with stops in South America and Europe; Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM commenced 10 weekly flights from Cancun in March; and TACA Peru began four weekly freighter flights from five South American cities in August.

“Congratulations to Etihad Cargo on their successful launch at MIA, which will further increase our trade with both Europe and the Middle East,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “Their new route is yet another significant milestone in our strategic plan to expand into untapped regions of the world.”

David Kerr, Etihad Cargo Senior Vice President, said: “We are pleased to offer main-deck capacity on this burgeoning trade route for businesses from Miami-Dade County and beyond to the Middle East. Miami International Airport, with its excellent connections to South America and its modern infrastructure, is an ideal destination for Etihad Cargo.”

Established in 2004, Etihad Cargo complements the belly-hold capacity of Etihad Airways’ 100-aircraft passenger fleet with 10 all-cargo aircraft that fly scheduled service to Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent and Africa. Etihad Cargo was voted Cargo Airline of the Year at the Air Cargo Week World Air Cargo Awards in 2017 and 2016.

MIA wins top award from ACI-NA for marketing and communications


Airport projects recognized among 350 entries across North America

On November 7, Miami International Airport received the 2017 Peggy G. Hereford Award during the Airports Council International–North America (ACI-NA) 2017 Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications, and Customer Service Awards program, as the airport with the most awards from the contest’s 19 categories.

Out of nearly 350 entries from airports across North America, a panel of industry executives recognized MIA with four first place awards and two honorable mentions. Since its formation in 1990, the contest recognizes the quality of work, abundance of talent, and creativity within the marketing and communications field of the airport industry. MIA also won the top award in 2011, and has been a runner-up multiple times. 

“Communication, marketing, and customer service professionals play a leading role in telling the story of an airport within the community and to the broader aviation system,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “ACI-NA is pleased to recognize achievements of these professionals and their dedication to connecting with their passengers and communities in meaningful ways.”

According to ACI-NA, the Peggy G. Hereford Award recognizes overall creativity in communicating the airport’s message, effectiveness in connecting with audiences, and the overall scope of the airport’s effort in marketing and public relations.

“We are incredibly honored to once again be recognized among all airports in North America as a leader in marketing and communications,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. Gonzalez. “We take great pride in our engagement with MIA travelers and the local community, so it is deeply gratifying to receive the Peggy G. Hereford Award for the second time because of those efforts.”

MIA earned first place in the following four categories:

  • Customer Service Campaigns, for MIAmamas – the comprehensive first-of-its-kind initiative for nursing and pumping mothers that brought eight custom-branded nursing suites to MIA alongside an educational campaign for airport employees.
  • Partnering with Concessionaires/Service Providers, for the Gateway to Rio campaign MIA initiated in partnership with Westfield Concession Management, leading up to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.  The campaign’s Olympic-themed customer engagement activities and concession discounts created a fun, positive travel experience, highlighted MIA’s leading number of flights to Brazil among U.S. airports, and showcased MIA’s diverse dining and shopping options.
  • Responsive Communications, for the positive media coverage gained for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department’s lobbying efforts that resulted in dozens of new TSA officers assigned to MIA, a dormant TSA checkpoint being reopened, and decreased checkpoint wait times as a result;
  • Websites, for the launch of a sleek, easy-to-read News Room site that better showcased the airport’s press releases and marketing material, offered seamless integration for social media sharing and search engine optimization (SEO), and generated an exponential increase in online visitor traffic and engagement;

MIA’s honorable mention awards were in the following categories:

  • Brand Identity, also for the MIAmamas program;
  • Community Education and Outreach, for the installation of MIA’s Plane Fun children’s play area, which features six interactive exhibits designed in partnership with the Miami Children’s Museum that provide younger travelers with aviation-focused education and recreation during layovers.

2017 GMAA Christmas Mingler

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GMAA in the Curtiss Mansion Tree Festival

The Greater Miami Aviation Association, 90 Years of History

The GMAA is South Florida’s Aviation Chamber of Commerce. A place where the legends and the workers of aviation gathered to forge an airport, a worldwide hub, and an industry. As an important base for Pan Am, Eastern, National, American and LAN Miami has been the port of entry into North America for nearly a century. From flying boats to A380s. Celebrate the 90th Anniversary of this illustrious organization through a history of the movers and shakers that created and are currently shaping this critical hub of the aviation industry. Chapters 1) Origins 2) Glenn Curtiss 3) Juan Trippe 4) Eddie Rickenbacker 5) George Batchelor 6) Peter Dolora 7) Miami International Airport 8) Maintenance Repaid and Overhaul MROs 9) Flight Training 10) Vito La Forgia 11) On the Horizon Awards and Members.

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