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Published on : Monday, May 30, 2016
More than half a million passengers are expected at Miami International Airport over the Memorial Day weekend from Friday, May 27, through Monday, May 30. Thanks to increased staffing by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and enhancements made by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and partner airlines, TSA checkpoint wait times at MIA are currently among the lowest of all U.S. hub airports. Nevertheless, with passenger traffic at MIA up three percent through April and further growth expected this summer, the following tips can make traveling through MIA easier:
•Departing passengers should arrive at the airport two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight to allow sufficient time for parking, airline check-in and screening at the security checkpoint.
•The Concourse D #2 TSA checkpoint is now exclusively dedicated to TSA Pre Check® passengers flying American Airlines and other airlines using concourses D and E, and a TSA Pre Check® lane is is also available at the Concourse H checkpoint for passengers on flights in concourses H or J.
•Passengers using CLEAR have dedicated lanes at the concourse E and H TSA checkpoints, which provide access to concourses D, E, H and J. Delta Air Lines recently announced that CLEAR’s biometric service is now provided to its U.S. Diamond Medallion members free of charge, and all U.S. Delta SkyMiles members have access to preferential pricing.
•The free Mobile Passport app allows U.S. citizens with a valid U.S. passport and Canadian citizens with both a valid Canadian passport and B1 or B2 visa status to have their passport information processed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) using their smartphone or tablet – and avoid the traditional checkpoint lanes – when arriving at MIA from abroad.
•Passengers using Transportation Network Entities (TNE) such as Uber and Lyft can be dropped off anywhere on MIA’s departure level and be picked up on the departure level beyond Door 7. MIA’s arrival level beyond Door 5 (near baggage claim) at the outermost lane is also designated for TNE pickups.
•Passengers can use the new MIA Airport Official mobile app, available for free at the iPhone and Google Play app stores, to: scan their boarding pass and immediately receive turn-by-turn, blue-dot navigation with estimated walk times; real-time flight updates; and shopping and dining suggestions nearby, based on their customizable personal profile.
•Long-term parking is available in the Dolphin and Flamingo garages for a maximum daily rate of $17 or $2 every 20 minutes up to two hours and 40 minutes.
•Valet parking is available at the Dolphin Garage on the departure level outside of North Terminal D or the Flamingo Garage on the departure level outside of South Terminal J. Valet parking allows customers to drop off their vehicle with a parking attendant and walk directly to MIA’s check-in area. Rates are $18 for less than three hours or daily for $30.
•MIA’s Cell Phone Waiting lot, located at LeJeune Road and N.W. 31st Street, provides temporary parking free of charge for private, not-for-hire drivers waiting to pick up passengers.
•Orange Line Metrorail service to and from MIA is available for a fare of only $2.25 each way, with service every 15 minutes this weekend. Overnight and long-term parking is available for up to 30 days at $4.50 per night at the Earlington Heights, Okeechobee and South Miami Metrorail stations. Long-term parking must be prepaid.
•Tri-Rail, the commuter train that links Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, and intercity buses also have dedicated stations at the Miami Intermodal Center, which is connected to the airport via the MIA Mover automated people mover system.