Miami-Dade County is referred to as the “Gateway to the Americas.” This is not merely a clever catchphrase, but a fact of business life. Many of Miami-Dade County’s most successful businesses rely in whole or in part on the aviation industry.
This industry is propelled by Miami International Airport (MIA), which is the largest entry point to Latin America and the Caribbean in the world, for both passengers and cargo; nourished by area education and training institutions and flight simulation facilities; and sustained by the more than 400 maintenance, overhaul, and parts manufacturing industries that flourish in Miami-Dade County.
As of 2005, there were 479 companies composed of 9,400 employees in Miami-Dade’s aviation industry, which garnered a total revenue of 2 billion dollars. These numbers are sure to grow as development proceeds at Opa-Locka Executive Airport, as well as at other general aviation area airports such as Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport and Homestead Air Reserve Base.
Miami International Airport
Opa-Locka Executive Airport
Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport
Homestead Air Reserve Base
George T. Baker Aviation School
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Greater Miami Aviation Association