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MDAD or Miami-Dade Aviation Department is the Miami-Dade County government’s agency that manages airports. Miami International Airport and four general aviation airports are some of the airports the Miami-Dade Aviation Department operates. The other airports include Miami Executive Airport, Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport, Miami Homestead General Aviation Airport, and Miami-OpaLocka Executive Airport.
Miami International Airport is historically known as the Wilcox Field. It is the primary airport that serves the Miami Area in the United States. It is considered as the largest gateway between Latin America and the United States. It is one of the largest airline hubs in the country, making it as one of the few United States airports that have the ability to accommodate the Airbus A380 jumbo jet.
In 2011, the airport was considered to be an airport that has the highest number of international flights and ranked second by the number or volume of international passengers. In 2013, it was recognized as the 23rd busiest airport worldwide due to passenger traffic – approximately 40,563,071 passengers.
Miami Executive Airport is formerly known as Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport. This is another airport that is operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. Miami Executive Airport is a public airport that is 13 miles southwest of Downtown Miami. Tamiami Airport was the airport that Miami Executive Airport replaced in 1968. There are about 450 aircraft based at this airport, and most of these are single-engine light aircraft.
Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport is located within the Everglades of Florida. It is also a public airport that is 36 miles west of the central business district of Miami, Florida, owned by Miami-Dade County. This is another airport that is operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, having general aviation aircraft operations including private charter flights.
Miami Homestead General Aviation Airport is a public airport located four nautical miles northwest of the Homestead’s central business district. In December 2014, the Miami-Dade County Commission decided to rename the airport from Homestead General Aviation Airport to Miami Homestead General Aviation Airport. This airport also caters general aviation aircraft operations, including private charter flights.
Miami-OpaLocka Executive Airport is located within the Miami-Dade County in Florida. It is located 11 miles north of Downtown Miami. From 2011-2015, the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems considered this airport as a general aviation reliever airport – an airport designated to accommodate aircraft when the primary commercial airports run out of space.
In April 2009, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department initiated the Strategic Airport Master Planning Study. This is to identify and assess the air transportation needs of the county in the future easily. They said that the Strategic Airport Master Planning from 2015-2050 would provide a means to establish a roadmap for the future, involving the airport system expansion and enhancement. This was provided by the Capital Improvement Program. They see that the program will balance the needs for the infrastructure and facility preservation, environmental stewardship, and customer-service improvements.