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Miami Airport is an international airport also called MIA. It was previously called Wilcox Field, named after Florida Representative James Mark Wilcox. It is situated in Miami-Dade County, Florida, thirteen kilometers northwest of Downtown Miami, Virginia Gardens, and Fontainebleau neighborhood. Miami International serves as South Florida's primary airport for long distance international flights. MIA is the biggest Latin American gateway for cargo and passengers. It has both cargo and passenger flights going to and from cities across United States, Europe and the western part of Asia, and cargo flights to East Asia. Previously, MIA is a focus airport for Frontier Airlines, Avianca, and LAN Airlines along with its subsidiaries. It has previously been a hub for the original National Airlines and Pan Am, Air Florida and United Airlines among others.

In 1945, Miami purchased the airport, dropping the name Pan Am and using 36th Street Airport. It was closed in 1959 when the new and largely expanded MIA opened, covering 1,520 hectares of land with four runways and three parking facilities. It has ninety-six different carriers transporting more than two million tons of freight and ensuring seamless travel for more than 40 million passengers annually, making it the 23rd busiest airport globally in 2013.

In 1949 until 1959, Miami International Airport used to accommodate the operations of Air Force Reserve’s troop carrier and rescue squadrons until they relocated to what is now known as Homestead Air Reserve Base. MIA is the only US airport that takes in the Airbus A380 jumbo jet. Because of the airport’s closeness to tourist attractions, economic growth, enormous population of local Latin Americans and Europeans, and its strategic location for managing connecting flights between North America, Latin America, and Europe, MIA has always been among the largest air hubs in the US.