WITH ITS PROXIMITY to some of the most beautiful beaches and tourist destinations in the United States and Latin America, Miami International Airport is one of the country’s largest hubs, ranking 10th-busiest airport in the United States and busiest in Florida by annual passenger count.
Located only eight miles from downtown Miami, MIA is South Florida’s main airport for long-haul international flights and one of only eight U.S. airports to accommodate the Airbus A380 jet.
The airport currently services 109 airlines, with American Airlines accounting for 50 percent of the airport’s growth. It also serves as a focus airport for Avianca, Frontier Airlines and LATAM as the gateway to Latin America.
MIA experienced a record-breaking year in 2016. The airport served nearly 44.6 million travelers, an increase of 234,000 from 2015. Despite a large downturn in travel between MIA and top South American markets due to struggling economies and the presence of Zika in South Florida, the global gateway’s annual passenger traffic still increased by 0.53 percent.
Also in 2016, J.D. Power and Associates ranked the airport fifth among large airports in the North America Airport Satisfaction Study — its highest ranking ever, up from 18th place in the 2015 study.
This looks to be another successful year for the South Florida airport despite a bumpy start with a couple of safety threats and an altercation with pop star Jason Derulo.
The airport welcomed six new passenger airlines and four allcargo carriers in 2016, and five airlines will launch new service in 2017. Three new airlines began serving MIA in February: Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris will offer service to Guadalajara (GDL) four times a week and Mexico City (MEX) daily, Qatar Airways Cargo began two weekly freighter flights, and Canadian airline First Air began charter passenger flights from Ontario (ONT). In April low-cost trans-Atlantic airline WOW Air launched three-times-weekly service to Reykjavík (KEF), and in September Aer Lingus will launch three weekly flights to Dublin (DUB).
In March the Airports Council International-North America awarded the airport with the 2017 Environmental Achievement Award in the Environmental Management category for its Sustainability Project. Launched in August 2015 in partnership with Florida Power & Light Services, the project includes $32 million worth of air-conditioning and ventilation upgrades, water conservation retrofits, energy-efficient lighting and other innovative solutions that will save the airport more than 35 million kilowatts of power per year and $40 million in utility costs over the 14-year contract period with FPLS. The project is reducing carbon emissions at the airport by the equivalent of 5,110 cars and water consumption equal to 28 million gallons of water.
The Miami-Dade Aviation Department also announced in March it is moving forward with a multiphase Cargo Optimization, Redevelopment and Expansion program that will optimize MIA’s usable cargo space. The initial phase will increase taxiway, ramp and aircraft parking space in the cargo area.
In 2015 airport officials disclosed details about their plan to refurbish the aging Central Terminal, while some officials want the building demolished and replaced. The airport embarked on a three-year, $651 million renovation it believes is necessary to keep pace with unexpectedly high growth. However, the airport also has long-term plans to demolish and replace the Central Terminal beginning in 2025.
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I imagine that when writer Hans Christian Andersen mused, “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” he was standing at the edge of Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Gardens, one of his favorite haunts, enlivened by the swirl of human happiness that surrounded him: children laughing; carousels spinning; games of chance played for prizes; lovers holding hands; hungry people whispering over sweets, hot drinks, beer and towering, open-faced smørrebrød, Denmark’s quintessential sandwich. That fairy tale lives on today at the second-oldest amusement park in the world, a spectacle of folly architecture, bakeries, gardens, rides, restaurants, puppet shows and joy ... and which also happens to be one of the city’s most storied places to convene for business.
The restored Park Hyatt Toronto reopened its doors, bringing luxury, sophistication and glamour alongside a nod to the hotel’s Canadian heritage. Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge collaborated on the hotel’s refresh, drawing inspiration from Canada’s seasons and natural landscapes.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
I recently dined at Irwin’s in Philadelphia. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Bok Building, a former school turned collective of small businesses, non-profits, artist workshops, a bar and restaurant. I previously visited Bok for the bar and yoga classes, and I was excited to experience the restaurant.
Cathay Pacific reaffirms its commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 with a pledge to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for 10 percent of its total fuel consumption by 2030. The airline has made pioneering efforts in supporting SAF development for more than 10 years.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.