Friday, 6 May 2016
Miami International Airport alternates with JFK Airport in New York as the busiest international gateway in the United States, and is by far the busiest portal to and from Latin America and the only one with flights to and from Cuba. An airfield was built on the site 8 miles (13 km) northwest of downtown Miami in the 1930s and named for Congressman J. Mark Wilcox; it was taken over by the military during World War II and became a civilian airport in 1945. It was the headquarters of Eastern Air Lines, and is or has been a hub for several air carriers.