Miami’s new ‘Front Door’

Passengers flying American Airlines to Miami International Airport (MIA) will be welcomed to the US by a new three-level, 400,000sq ft (37,161m2) Federal Inspection Service (FIS) area twice the size of the existing Concourse E facility from this August.  It is located in the middle of MIA’s North Terminal and is adjacent its Concourse D Skytrain Station 3, for quick access from any of the 47 gates in North Terminal within four minutes.
Upon arrival at the FIS facility, international travellers will be greeted by a passport control area featuring 78 lanes that can process 2,000 passengers per hour.  MIA is also among a select group of US airports with six dedicated lanes for Global Entry, which provides expedited processing for travellers who have registered with US Customs and Border Protection.  Once processed, passengers collect their checked bags in a spacious new second-level baggage claim area and then exit on either the second level for connecting flights or to the first level greeters’ lobby.
The North Terminal’s FIS facility opens at a time when visitors to Miami-Dade County are at record-breaking numbers.  MIA is now the top US airport for international flights, with nearly 1,300 weekly services to 85 international destinations.  With American Airlines and American Eagle combining to handle nearly 70% of MIA’s passengers, and with 95% of Miami-Dade County’s visitors arriving through MIA, the airport says that the new North Terminal FIS facility will soon be the county’s main front door to the world.
(Photo: Miami International Airport)