FYI Miami: February 13, 2020
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MIA GAINS A MILLION: One million more passengers moved through Miami International Airport (MIA) in 2019 than the year prior, for a total 45.9 million served, statistics from the hub show. Contributing to that growth, according to spokesperson Greg Chin, were five new international passenger routes from Norwegian, Royal Air Maroc, LOT Polish Airlines, Corsair and four weekly flights to Cordoba, Argentina, by American Airlines. “Last year was very successful for MIA in terms of passengers and cargo growth, as well as in the expansion of our route network in new markets,” said county Aviation Director Lester Sola. “A number of our airline partners have announced plans for continued air service expansions in MIA in 2020, which has us very excited about the year ahead.” To that end, American, Delta Air Lines and low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines have already announced plans to add further domestic and international flights this year. “As MIA turns the page to a new decade and embarks on a new $5 billion, airport-wide capital improvement program,” said Mayor Carlos Giménez, “the future is bright for our county’s largest economic engine.”
SUPER BOWL FLIGHT BOOM: In related news, Miami International Airport has had two of the busiest days in its 92-year history already this year, an airport release said. On Jan. 5, passengers exceeded 158,000 – a record number. Roughly a month later, on Feb. 4, nearly 80,000 travelers flew home from the airport. That’s thanks in no small part to Super Bowl LIV, for which local authorities expected some 200,000 tourists to converge on South Florida. To put that into perspective, that’s 15,000 more travelers than the seats in Hard Rock Stadium.
CURTAILING PEAFOWL SPRAWL: Today’s (2/13) City of Miami Agenda features the final reading of the peafowl ordinance (peacock for males, peahen for females), which is aimed at mitigating the proliferation of the birds, particularly in northern Coconut Grove. If approved, the city would implement a peafowl management plan to establish rules for trapping and relocating the peafowl. The Legislation is sponsored by Ken Russell, whose district includes Coconut Grove.
REGULATING CAR SHARING: Pointing to the complexity of addressing new technologies, a Florida House committee Tuesday approved a bill that would create a regulatory framework for “peer-to-peer” car sharing services. The 11-6 vote by the Ways & Means Committee came after a lengthy discussion about whether the services should be required to collect sales taxes and rental-car surcharges that are imposed on rental-car companies. The services are technology platforms that connect car owners with people who pay to use the vehicles, with the services taking a cut.