Miami International Airport (IATA: MIA, ICAO: KMIA, FAA LID: MIA) is located 8 miles (13 km) northwest of the central
business district of Miami, in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. It is between the cities of Miami, Hialeah, Doral,
and Miami Springs, the village of Virginia Gardens, and the community of Fountainbleau.
Miami International Airport is the largest gateway between the United States and Latin America, and is one of the largest airline hubs in the
United States, owing to its proximity to tourist attractions, local economic growth, large local Latin American and European populations, and
strategic location to handle connecting traffic between North America, Latin America, and Europe. Miami
International is also the proposed hub of two new start-up airlines, one of which hopes to use the Eastern Airlines name.
In 2011 the airport ranked first in the United States by percentage of international flights and second by volume of international passengers, behind
only New York–JFK. In 2011, 38,314,389 passengers traveled through the airport, making the airport the 25th-busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic.
The Airport also ranks as the 12th busiest airport in the United States by annual passenger count and is the busiest airport in the state of Florida.
The airport also handled more international cargo than any other airport in the United States.