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New In-transit Lounge Opens At MIA  
User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32214 posts, RR: 72
Posted (9 years 10 months 6 hours ago) and read 4915 times:

The second of two new in-transit lounges has opened at MIA's Concourse D. The lounges have been a welcomed relief for American Airlines, Iberia, and Martinair Holland and their in-transit customers:

In transit? MIA moves to move you along

Life is now much easier for travelers passing through Miami International Airport en route from one country to another, due to a new process that cuts time and hassle.

By INA PAIVA CORDLE

For months, Miami International Airport must have seemed like a labyrinth to passengers traveling from one foreign destination to another.

Upon arrival, they would withstand long lines at immigration, then trek to the main terminal, just to turn around, get screened and find their way back to their gates -- often ending up exactly where they had started.

Travel time through MIA: as much as 2 ½ hours.

But now thousands of in-transit passengers on American Airlines, Iberia Airlines and Martinair are benefiting from an expedited process. The change allows passengers to go through immigration, enter an in-transit lounge with its own checkpoint, then go back to their gates -- cutting hours off the process.

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http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/business/9017228.htm


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User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 5 hours ago) and read 4876 times:

Thanks for the update, MAH4546 and this is excellent news for MP, IB & AA will use them with the international transit for the connecting to Latin American and will even to get very nice place for international transit.

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 5 hours ago) and read 4865 times:

Or the US could drop the requirement that pax remaining in transit clear US Immigration at all ! A requirement that no other country except Canada actually has. Doh !

User currently offlineMIASkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1340 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 5 hours ago) and read 4863 times:

All I can do is let out a quick laugh...at IB with all their push and shove because of the hassles and now this...and IN TRANSIT lounge.

One word IB = PATIENCE PAYS OFF.

Glad to hear that MIA has this lounge...very cool news. Hmmm I wonder what IB will make of this now?



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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32214 posts, RR: 72
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 5 hours ago) and read 4852 times:

Or the US could drop the requirement that pax remaining in transit clear US Immigration at all ! A requirement that no other country except Canada actually has. Doh !

Canada doesn't have the requirement. That's why AC is has launched/is launching SCL, EZE, BOG, CCS, and LIM. The United Kingdom, however, has the requirement for certain nations, IIRC.

I do agree though, it is stupid and pointless requirement.



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User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 5 hours ago) and read 4844 times:

Is that still anything else about international transit in MIA and can you find out about some of thsoe airlines will use them. Will even not use connecting in YYZ of the international transit from SCL, EZE, BOG & CCS either.

User currently offlineIberia340600 From Spain, joined Oct 2003, 804 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 5 hours ago) and read 4833 times:

MIASkies:

Hmmm I wonder what IB will make of this now?

Want to know what IB will make of it? Non-stop flights have already been slated for GUA-PTY. MIA and the US Government have done TOO little TOO late.
The "new" IN TRANSIT lounge is a joke and is like a bandaid on a huge crack.....the REAL problem is the in transit pax having to go through immigration....TSA opening up bags in MIA and breaking locks...ITs absolutely ridiculous.
If these pax are IN TRANSIT...and will be staying in a lounge....why must they go through immigration? It just doesnt make sense and is a huge aggravation.

Sorry MIA Airport....TOO LATE!



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 5 hours ago) and read 4820 times:

Canada has it for some airports when you're in transit to the US eg. YHZ (where they don't have US pre-clearance). Bloody stupid.

I think the UK only requires passport clearance if you're changing airports in transit, or if you're in transit to other UK destinations or the Republic of Ireland - otherwise not.


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32214 posts, RR: 72
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 5 hours ago) and read 4818 times:

MIA and the US Government have done TOO little TOO late.

MIA has gone far and beyond what needs to be done to best accomadate Iberia, Martinair Holland, and American Airlines. They, along with local and state goverments, are pushing very hard for the US government to remove the pointless TWOV and immigration restrictions (or to at least give MIA an exception to the rule), and have yet to give up trying. Cut them some slack, MIA has been behind Iberia and others 100%. The immigration and visa restrictions are far beyond any control MIA has, they have no choice.



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User currently offlineMIASkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1340 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 4 hours ago) and read 4770 times:

Exactly MAH...but I guess the agressive response is hitting hard from our Iberia counterpart...hahahahaha.

Just spoke w/ a friend of mine from IB at MIA and he told me...that passengers are actually praising the idea of the in transit lounge and are happy w/ it. Look Iberia340600 some happy people!!! jump on board  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4658 times:

I´ve seen that lounge at concourse E.

I went throught there during my trip to/from GUA last month. The only difference is that in-transit passengers have a "special" or dedicated immigration control area located in the floor right below the boarding gates area while those pax staying in Miami must go to the main immigration control area at the main terminal. Yes, you can save some time with this, but the attitude of immigration agents is still the same...always trying to intimidate the foreign passenger for some reason.

About the TSA opening bags and suitcases that belong to in-transit passengers: ridiculous...even more if we have in mind that the passenger is not there when the luggage is opened, and if it´s locked, no problem...the TSA will break the locks only apologizing for that (they never do apologize, anyway) and not being responsible for the damage.

BTW, E gates area needs refurbishment and the immigration control area for in-transit pax looks outdated and improvised.




¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
User currently offlineMIASkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1340 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4631 times:

Iberia747...It is not that bad...No es para tanto amigo.

1) as far as TSA agents and their attitude and friendly service:
I am assuming being a TSA agent is not the most glamorous job! Do no expect them to be super excited to see you and greet you and become your best friend. Nada que ver! I never expect anything but rudeness from any baggage,ins,tsa workers so just keep it cool..Play it low and go w/ the flow.

2) E GATES needing Update: Not sure if you noticed but 90% of MIA is under construction...So right now Conc E is not a priority...It will have its turn under the knife.

3) Te sugiero que visites CAFE BACARDI amigo en MIA...tienen "chupitos" y "cocktails" super buenos y a buen precio.. it will help you relax while at the airport..Make the process a bit smoother and fun! jajajaja

Saludos!

Ciao  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineMarkATL From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 539 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4564 times:

How is this going to make a real difference? The real problem is that a person who is merely transiting the US must first obtain a visa (if not from a waiver country) which can take much time and money. Then clear immigration and customs. Then these people must go and wait in line at security to catch their connecting flight. Oh boy!!!! Now they don't have to go through security. Not enough of an incentive to not choose another country to fly through.

I've trasited via third countries many times and have NEVER had to leave the secure area or even think of standing in line and paying money at a consulate of a third country. If I did, I would have chosen another routing.



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User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4503 times:

Right now there's not an airport in the US that can support true transit.

True transit requires having an isolated section of the airport that does not have any exit except through immigration.

I'm not convinced that the requirement is big enough to build it. A specialized case would be MIA, where IB could have their gates entirely segregated (since they have no domestic ops). *IF* they wanted to pay for it. I personally don't believe that the benefit to the US taxpayer is greater than the cost of losing IB's business.

Steve


User currently offlineMarkATL From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 539 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4495 times:

It's not just IB's business. Much of the European feed into Miami is for trasiting pax to Latin America. DL and CO have made no secret of trying to funnel traffic to their Latin flights via ATL andIAH. I know that complete segregation was possible at the old ATL (now T-Gates) int'l terminal as well as the old SFO int'l terminal. I'm sure others are as well. It's just shortsided design "dis is how we do 'ere in 'merica" mind set.

[Edited 2004-07-04 01:36:32]


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