Gonzalez honored by Greater Miami Aviation Association

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OCT 14, 2015: Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González was honored by the Greater Miami Aviation Association (GMAA) at its 88th Annual Wright Brothers Gala on October 10 with the Juan Trippe Award, which recognizes the significant contributions made by an individual to the development of international aviation. Juan Trippe founded Pan American World Airways, Inc. in 1927 and led Pan Am to be America’s representative in commercial aviation policy overseas by pioneering international routes and daily global flights.

“Congratulations to Director González for earning this prestigious distinction,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Under his leadership, MIA has improved its facilities, created new jobs, welcomed new airlines and routes, opened new shopping and dining options, and further enhanced customer service. This award duly recognizes Director González’s dedication to making MIA a premier global airport and to ensuring our 41 million passengers have the best customer service experience possible.”

González has spearheaded the aggressive expansion of MIA’s route network into untapped world markets, while also leveraging technology to improve the customer experience at the airport. He has overseen the completion of one of the largest airport expansion programs in the U.S., a $6.5-billion capital improvement program that has added new terminals, roadways and other infrastructure to MIA and Miami-Dade County’s four general aviation airports. Under González’ leadership MIA achieved a major aviation milestone – making MIA the only U.S. airport to have 100 air carriers.

“I am honored to be in the company of previous recipients who were pioneers in South Florida’s aviation industry,” said González. “In my brief tenure at the Aviation Department, we have had some amazing accomplishments, and those would not be possible without the dedicated men and women at MIA who serve our community and our customers. As for the future, I look forward to growing MIA from a hemispheric hub to a global airport with direct passenger and cargo access to all world regions.”

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