November 6, 2017 : Miami International Airport (MIA) has recently unveiled its MIA Cargo Flight Tracker – the first web-based cargo flight information display system in the US. This application allows cargo shippers, freight forwarders, customs brokers and logistics providers to easily view real-time cargo flight information on their mobile devices while on the go. Previously, cargo flight data was only available by contacting or researching individual airlines. Now, cargo handlers have MlA’s minute-by-minute schedule of daily cargo flights in the palm of their hands - saving valuable time and fuel costs when planning freight pickups and deliveries.
The announcement comes just as the busy winter shipping season is about to begin. During the during the Air Cargo Americas & SeaCargo Americas 2017 conference and exhibition, hosted by MIA, there was a live demonstration of the Cargo Flight Tracker by Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD).
MDAD director Emilio T Gonzalez and Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association executive VP Barbara Pimentel addressed a press conference. As the busiest US airport for international freight, MIA’s cargo activity generates a local workforce of nearly 8,000 freight forwarders and couriers and is the primary supporter of 425,344 cargo-related jobs in the Florida economy.
“The MIA Cargo Flight Tracker is the latest example of how we are leveraging technology to streamline and optimise our cargo operations. Thanks to this new tool, our local cargo industry can spend less time and money waiting in traffic for cargo shipments, because now they have real-time flight information at their fingertips,” said Director Gonzalez.
MDAD has launched a variety of cargo logistics improvements at MIA recently, including the e-AWB 360 campaign – a global effort launched in 2016 to eliminate printing costs and replace manual data entry with a more efficient and reliable digital system Florida’s first-ever ocean-to-air perishables trans-shipment program. This programme allows MIA to receive perishable freight imports by sea via expedited federal processing and waived customs, and then have them shipped by air - saving both time and money for cargo shippers, and a multi-million dollar facility improvement program launched in 2016 that includes new surveillance cameras and lighting throughout the airport’s cargo area.