Miami International Airport (MIA), USA, will receive additional staffing hours from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in their passport control facilities through a tentative agreement with CBP, finalised on July 30.
Miami-Dade County was one of five government entities nationwide selected by CBP to participate in the pilot programme, which allows MIA to reimburse CBP for staffing hours not currently provided due to federal sequestration budget reductions in effect since March 1. Funding for the reimbursements will be provided from MIA’s operating budget, which is supported by Miami-Dade Aviation Department revenue and fees.
County Mayor Carlos A Gimenez commented: “The inclusion of MIA in this pilot programme is great news for the millions of travellers who visit our community from abroad or are returning home to South Florida. Our local Congressional leaders were a huge help in this effort and I thank them for their advocacy.”
Miami’s international passenger traffic has grown more than 15% since 2010, which it claims is the highest growth rate among all US airports. It also has “the highest number of secondary passport control referrals in the US”, with more than 70% of its passengers being non-US citizens or permanent residents during peak hours.