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Horses are among more than 2,000 others that come through MIA during its peak season

Four days before Miami Beach hosts some of the world's top horses and riders at this weekend’s Longines Global Champions Tour, Miami International Airport was the first stop for 97 of the Olympic-level horses.

The horses arrived at MIA on April 9 via two flights from Leige, Belgium, with a stop in Mexico City. MIA is one of only four points of entry for horses arriving into the U.S. and is one of only two airports with a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) facility equipped for equine quarantine, handling more than 2,000 horses during the high season. Annually, more than 4,000 tons of live animals transit through MIA, at a total value of more than $280 million.

These valuable animals are one example of the diversity and importance of cargo that comes through MIA regularly, and we are honored to serve as the welcoming point for this global equestrian event. MIA continues to lead the way in international freight because of massive shipments like this from around the world.  We are also proud to partner with the USDA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to facilitate the smooth entry of these precious animals and other livestock into the country.
Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service facility at MIA is the only USDA facility in the nation to house the Veterinary Services’ import and export operations and inspection station in one complex, consolidating the functions of veterinary services and plant protection and quarantine into a single site.

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.