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MIA hosts regional briefing for U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart convened local transportation leaders to discuss infrastructure and planning

On October 17, Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González and five other local transportation leaders met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for a regional infrastructure briefing hosted at Miami International Airport, at the request of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart.



In addition to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and Board of County Commissioners Chairman Esteban L. Bovo, Jr., other regional transportation stakeholders in attendance were: Florida Department of Transportation District 6 Secretary James Wolfe; Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) Executive Director Javier Rodriguez; PortMiami Director Juan M. Kuryla; Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works Director Alice Bravo; and Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization Director Aileen Bouclé. Director González had the opportunity to share with Secretary Chao MIA’s recent successes and challenges, and how federal funding and staffing are improving the passenger experience at America’s third-busiest international gateway.

It was a privilege to discuss with Secretary Chao the impact that federal support is having at one of our nation’s busiest hubs for passengers and cargo. I appreciate Congressman Diaz-Balart for organizing this opportunity to have our nation’s top transportation official see our plans and improvements first-hand.
Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González

Miami International Airport offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, is America’s third-busiest airport for international passengers, boasts a lineup of more than 100 air carriers and is the top U.S. airport for international freight. MIA, along with its general aviation airports, is also the leading economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of $33.7 billion annually and welcoming 70 percent of all international visitors to Florida. MIA’s vision is to grow from a recognized hemispheric hub to a global airport of choice that offers customers a world-class experience and an expanded route network with direct passenger and cargo access to all world regions. MIA is committed to sustainable practices. Learn more at For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, transportation and more, visit Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.