American opens new FIS at Miami airport

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American Airlines opens a new federal inspection service facility at Miami International Airport today.

The 400,000 square ft (37,161 square m) facility serves the airline's operations on concourse D in the North Terminal and replaces a dated facility that American has been using on concourse E at the airport. It has the capacity to process up to 2,000 passengers per hour.

"American's international traffic at MIA has been steadily increasing through the years, and we expect this trend to continue as we grow our operations in Miami," says Marilyn DeVoe, vice president Miami at American, in a statement. "The new facility is good news for our customers."

The facility cost $180 million, according to reports.

American opened the renovated north terminal in phases during the past decade, with the majority opening since 2010.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline, which operates a large hub at the airport, carried 70.1% of enplaning traffic at Miami during the 12-months through April, according to US Department of Transportation statistics.