Miami International Airport (MIA) is operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and is the property of Miami-Dade County government. Founded in 1928, MIA is the largest U.S. gateway for Latin America and the Caribbean and is one of the leading international passenger and freight airports in the world. Located on 3,230 acres of land near downtown Miami, MIA's terminal is being expanded to more than seven million square feet through a capital improvement program scheduled for final completion in 2013.
Miami International Airport's (MIA) and the General Aviation Airports' annual economic impact is $26.7 billion. MIA and related aviation industries contribute 282,043 jobs directly and indirectly to the local economy. That equates to one out of 4.1 jobs.