As traffic surges, MIA reopens concourses E and F areas

Miami International Airport made this announcement:

The Fall season is bringing a change in the weather and a change in airline locations at Miami International Airport. To accommodate for its rising passenger numbers, MIA reopened its Concourse F gates on November 1 and will reopen its Concourse E international arrivals facility on November 5, for the first time since the pandemic began.

Passengers arriving on international flights at MIA’s concourses E and F (except those by American Airlines) will soon have their passports screened at the reopened Concourse E federal inspection area and exit into the international greeter’s lobby located on the ground level near Door 11.

Fourteen airlines that previously used the Concourse D international arrivals facility will now use the reopened Concourse E facility. To see the international bag claim area for your flight, visit MIA’s online flight information board.

All inbound international passengers at MIA are screened with Simplified Arrival, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s enhanced passport clearance process that uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks already required for admission into the U.S. The expedited, touchless process screens as many as 10 passengers per minute.

Additionally, Frontier Airlines has relocated from MIA’s Concourse G to the newly refurbished and reopened Concourse F. While Concourse F was closed over the last year and a half, the 17-gate facility was upgraded with new lighting, flooring, seating, painting, ceiling tiles, and signage. This month, Frontier is launching Miami service to eight domestic and two international cities, for a total of 40 destinations served from MIA – its most ever.

Miami International Airport enters November with three airlines re-launching Miami service for the first time since the pandemic began and two other airlines making their MIA debuts.

Finnair began twice-weekly Stockholm service on October 23 and will restart Helsinki service three times per week on November 30. Fellow European carrier Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) also returns to MIA this month with three weekly flights to Copenhagen and twice-weekly flights to Stockholm on November 8 and 9 respectively, followed by weekly Oslo service scheduled to restart on November 11. Air Canada brought Canada flights back to MIA on November 1 with daily Toronto service, which is scheduled to expand to four daily flights in December. Air Canada is also scheduled to restart Montreal-Miami service back on November 6 with two weekly flights, followed by an increase to two daily flights in December.

A pair of charter passenger airlines kicked off November with Miami service launches as well. New U.S. charter airline Global Crossing Airlines (GlobalX) began three weekly charter flights to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on November 1, and plans to start five weekly flights to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and daily flights to Havana, Cuba later this month. In December, GlobalX is scheduled to launch daily flights from MIA to Las Vegas and Nassau, Bahamas. Dominican carrier RED Air started charter service at MIA on November 1 with daily flights to Santo Domingo, with plans to add a second daily flight on November 21.

Four more airlines are set to begin flying south this winter, with Aer Lingus (Dublin), KLM (Amsterdam), Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca), and Sunwing (Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City) scheduled to make their MIA returns in December and January.

The Miami service launches come as the U.S. government begins to allow vaccinated non-U.S. citizens from foreign destinations to enter the country starting November 8, for the first time since early 2020.

Note: Alaska Airlines also announced it was returning to MIA.

 

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