Miami International Airport
Miami International Airport , also known as MIA and historically Wilcox Field
J. Mark Wilcox
James Mark Wilcox was a U.S. Representative from Florida.Born in Willacoochee, Georgia, Wilcox attended the public schools and Emory College, Atlanta, Georgia....

, is the primary airport serving the South Florida area
South Florida metropolitan area
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. The airport
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 is in an unincorporated area
Unincorporated area
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 in Miami-Dade County, Florida
Miami-Dade County, Florida
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, eight miles (13 km) northwest of Downtown Miami
Downtown Miami
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, in metropolitan Miami, between the cities of Miami, Hialeah
Hialeah, Florida
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, Doral
Doral, Florida
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, Miami Springs
Miami Springs, Florida
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, the village of Virginia Gardens
Virginia Gardens, Florida
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, and unincorporated Fontainebleau.

The airport is a hub
Airline hub
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 for passenger airlines American Airlines
American Airlines
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, Executive Airlines
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 under the American Eagle name; cargo airlines, UPS Airlines
UPS Airlines
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 and FedEx Express; and charter airline Miami Air.