Building on History to Become
The Epicenter of The Americas
One of Miami’s most well-established industry sectors, aviation has deep roots in Miami-Dade. The Wright Brothers performed stunts in 1911 and aviation pioneer Glenn Curtis opened a flight school in Miami Beach in 1912, one of the first in the nation. The nation’s first modern passenger terminal opened at Pan American Field in Miami in September 1928. It was the first airport on the East Coast with a Customs entry station. It was officially named Miami International Airport in 1948.
Today, MIA is one the world’s busiest hubs for domestic and international air travelers and cargo. It boasts more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, as well as direct connections to Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East. MIA is served by over 100 airlines and hosted over 44 million passengers. It is #2 in international passengers and #1 busiest US airport for international freight with a network of more than 300 freight forwarders and customs brokers, and supported by a one-stop Cargo Clearance Center with 24-hour service.