American Airlines passengers arriving at Miami International Airport (MIA) from international destinations are now entering the United States via a new, larger Federal Inspection Service facility, which opened on July 31 at MIA.
The three-level, 400,000-square-foot international arrivals facility located in American Airlines’ Terminal D is twice the size of the previous facility and is easily accessible to arriving passengers though the Terminal D skytrain.
Terminal D’s new international arrivals facility has 72 passport-control lanes, which can process 2,000 passengers per hour.
There are also six dedicated lanes for members of the Global Entry program, which provides expedited processing for travelers who have registered with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
During peak times, the new facility is expected to cut wait times by an average of 15 minutes.
Once they have passed through immigration processing and customs, passengers collect their checked bags in a large new baggage-claim area on the second level. Passengers can exit the facility either on the second level for connecting flights, or on the first level for the greeters’ lobby and airport exit.
“We are very pleased with the opening of the new arrivals facility, which we know will improve the travel experience for our international customers at MIA,” said Marilyn DeVoe, American Airlines’ vice president – Miami. “American’s international traffic at MIA has been steadily increasing through the years, and we expect this trend to continue as we grow our operations in Miami. The new facility is good news for our customers.”
In 2011, American carried approximately 5 million customers who traveled from international destinations to or through Miami International Airport. The airline expects that number to grow in 2012, with American’s addition of international destinations and frequencies.
American serves more than 65 international destinations from Miami. This year, the airline has already added service to two international destinations, Barcelona in Spain and Manaus in Brazil, and has announced plans to begin flying between Miami and Paraguay’s capital Asunción in November.