Miami, FL,
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Record-high travel, full garages expected at MIA this weekend

With daily passenger traffic at Miami International Airport up 15 percent this month compared to last June, the airport is projecting more than 725,000 travelers from June 30 to July 4, which would make this July 4th weekend its busiest ever. MIA is currently averaging 145,000 passengers per day, compared to 125,000 per day during last year’s holiday weekend.

Because of this record-breaking growth, MIA is expecting its parking garages to fill to capacity this weekend. Instead of parking at MIA, travelers should plan on being dropped off by friends or family, a ride-share service, taxi, or Miami-Dade Transit’s Orange Line, or using off-site parking near the airport.

MIA is also providing the following travel tips for the July 4th weekend:

  • Arrive at MIA at least three hours before a domestic flight and three and a half hours before an international flight to allow enough time for parking, airline check-in, and security screening.


  • Passengers should also do their airline check-in online before arriving at MIA, to expedite the process.


  • Summer lightning storms or airline schedule updates may delay your flight. If your flight gets delayed, please be patient with airline employees as they work on rescheduling your flight. Florida is the lightning capital of the U.S.


  • To streamline TSA checkpoint screening, wear easily removable shoes, follow the 3-1-1 rule for liquids or gels in your carry-on, avoid accessories that resemble weapons, and pack medications in your carry-on instead of your checked bags for easier access. More TSA tips are available at the TSA website.  


  • Find the fastest TSA checkpoint for your flight online with MIA’s Queue Analyzer, for real-time updates on checkpoint wait times.


  • Avoid waiting in line to order food and drinks with MIA2GO, MIA’s mobile ordering service that lets you quickly browse menus, order, and pay before making your contactless pick-up at restaurants throughout the airport.


  • On-site COVID-19 testing (Antigen, PCR, and Rapid PCR) is available at two convenient MIA locations. Costs vary depending on the type of test.


  • MIA’s cell phone waiting lot, which features 60 parking spaces for non-commercial users picking up travelers, is located just off LeJeune Road and N.W. 31st Street, accessible from LeJeune Road heading north or south.


  • If traveling internationally, eligible travelers can use the free, secure Mobile Passport Control app to submit their passport and customs declaration information on their smartphone or tablet and avoid completing a paper form or using an automated passport control kiosk. 

To request materials in an accessible format, Sign Language Interpreters, CART services, and/or any accommodation to participate in any Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) public meetings and events please email the ADA Office at or call the office at 305-876-7747 five days in advance to initiate your request. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).