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MIA director resigns

MIAMI: November 14, 2017. Miami-Dade County Aviation Department director and CEO Emilio González, the driving force behind much of Miami International Airport's recent expansion, has resigned effective February 01, 2018.

MIA Emilio GonzalezGonzález was first appointed in April 2013 and since then MIA has expanded its flight network that saw 44.6 million passengers pass through the airport last year –the largest number in its 89-year history.

During his 4.5 years as head of Miami's Aviation Department, González has overseen four general aviation airports in the Miami area, which together generate US$33.7 billion in business revenue and support more than 280,000 jobs; led the completion of a US$6.5 billion airports expansion program; the implementation of a new mobile passport facility to improve the Customs process; the introduction of a real-time cargo flight tracker for forwarders and truckers; and seen the airport recognized as the best freighter hub in the world in 2017 as cargo traffic grew 8.9 percent domestically and 3.2 percent internationally in the first eight months.

"I am extremely proud of all the incredible work Emilio has achieved in the four and a half years he has been a part of the Miami-Dade County family," said Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez. "Although I am saddened by Emilio's resignation, I understand he is eager to spend more time with his family and move forward in his professional career. In his years with Miami-Dade County, he has accomplished all his major objectives and I thank him for that and wish him, his wife Gloria, and his family nothing but the best."

González, who holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Miami, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and a second M.A. in Strategic Studies and National Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval War College, said it had been a privilege to work "with the outstanding professionals" at Miami's Aviation Department.

"There is no higher professional calling than serving our fellow citizens and I am thankful to have been able to lead the Aviation Department and Miami International Airport. During this period, MIA has become an award-winning international economic powerhouse and global brand for both passenger and cargo services," he declared.

González said he was looking forward to spending the holidays with his family before embarking on a new career – adding to a resume that already includes a 26-year stint in the U.S. Army retiring with the rank of Colonel; director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House; and director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for Homeland Security.

Pictured: Emilio González introducing the MIA Cargo Flight Tracker at the Air Cargo Americas & SeaCargo Americas 2017 conference and exhibition earlier this month. "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," he said.

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