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AIR CARGO

"We have to be very smart about how we work so we can sustain
growth in the middle of construction." -Dr. Emilio González, director

Flying
High

NEW INVESTMENTS
AND INITIATIVES ARE
DRIVING MIAMI
INTERNATIONAL.
>MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

BY ERIC SLACK

Miami International Airport has
become one of the largest airline hubs
in the United States. Serving passenger
and cargo flights to cities throughout
the Americas, Europe and western Asia,
Miami International Airport is also the
largest gateway between the U.S. and
Latin America.
Miami International Airport handles
more than 40 million passengers and
two million tons of cargo annually, and
it is among the nation's busiest international passenger and cargo airports.
"We are always looking to find ways
to grow, to bring in more passengers
and increase activity," Director Dr.
Emilio González says. "We are also
always looking to grow cargo and passenger capacity."
Prior to joining the airport, González
was president and CEO of NPI Advisors,
an international and government affairs
consulting firm. He also has served as
president and CEO of Indra USA, the
U.S. subsidiary of Spain's Indra Sistemas S.A., a leading European-based
international company specializing in
IT solutions. He spent most of his career
involved in foreign affairs and international security policy, having served
as director of the U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services.

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// Miami International Airport handles more
than 40 million passengers and two million
tons of cargo annually.

This background gives González special insight into the security operations
at the airport. "We have been working
to ensure adequate customs staffing,
looking for ways to bring in more Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers," he says. "We've also brought in
kiosks for U.S. citizens and visa waiver
passengers to help them move through
the airport faster."
In addition, the airport has its own
police precinct and fire battalion. The
airport recently spent several million
dollars on state-of-the-art Rosenbauer
fire vehicles. "We will build and spend
whatever is needed to make sure we are
as secure as possible," González says.
Building the Future
Outside of security, Dr. González is
overseeing the completion of a $6.5 bil-

lion capital improvement program that
has added new terminals, roadways
and other infrastructure to Miami International Airport and other airports
in the county.
One recently completed project was
the North Terminal, which was resumed
in March 2006 and wrapped up this year.
The airport also opened a new South
Terminal in 2007, and now it is moving
its focus to renovating the Central Terminal and adding more capacity to serve
wide-body aircraft. The airport will also
invest in the development of dozens of
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Miami International Airport
www.miami-airport.com
Headquarters: Miami
Specialty: Aviation
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