Miami International Airport will receive additional staffing from US Customs and Border Protection in their passport control facilities due to a tentative agreement finalised on July 30.
Miami-Dade County was one of only five government entities nationwide selected by CBP to participate in the pilot program, which allows MIA to reimburse CBP for staffing hours not currently provided due to federal sequestration budget reductions that went into effect in March.
Funding for the reimbursements will be provided from MIA’s operating budget, which is supported by Miami-Dade Aviation Department revenue and fees, according to a news release.
“The inclusion of MIA in this pilot program is great news for the millions of travelers who visit our community from abroad or are returning home to South Florida,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.
The mayor and Miami-Dade Aviation Directo Emilio Gonzalez submitted the request to participate in the pilot program.