Miami, FL,
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United Airlines celebrates 60 years of service at MIA

(MIAMI, December 6, 2019) – On December 5, representatives from United Airlines and Miami-Dade County celebrated the 60th anniversary of United beginning service at Miami International Airport in 1959, making it one of the airport’s longest-tenured airlines.

After the presentation of a Miami-Dade County proclamation to United Airlines by Board of County Commissioners Vice Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, as well as remarks by MIA Director and CEO Lester Sola and United Airlines Managing Director for Domestic Line Stations Lou Farinaccio, officials cut a ceremonial ribbon, passengers at the departure gate were treated to refreshments and raffle prizes, and United flight 2147 received a water cannon salute from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue before departing to Houston.

“With daily service to top markets like Chicago, Houston, Newark, and Washington D.C. - as well as Denver and San Francisco returning this month - United has helped MIA stay on pace for another record year of passenger traffic in 2019,” said Lester Sola, MIA Director and CEO. “We congratulate them on reaching this historic milestone, and we wish them many more successful years in the Miami market.”

The Chicago-based carrier is MIA’s fourth-busiest airline, responsible for nearly 1.3 million annual passengers at MIA.

“Thank you to the employees and customers of MIA for a wonderful 60 years,” said Greg Hart, United Airlines Chief Operating Officer. “I am very proud of the efforts of the team who do a great job demonstrating United’s commitment to and the benefits of connecting people in Miami each and every day.”

Miami International Airport offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, is America’s second-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 $31.9 billion annually and welcoming nearly 60 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