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MIA UnitedUnited Airlines and Miami-Dade County have celebrated the 60th anniversary of United beginning service at Miami International Airport in 1959, making it one of the airport’s longest-tenured airlines.

After the presentation of a Miami-Dade County proclamation to United Airlines by Board of County Commissioners Vice Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, as well as remarks by MIA Director and CEO Lester Sola and United Airlines Managing Director for Domestic Line Stations Lou Farinaccio, officials cut a ceremonial ribbon, passengers at the departure gate were treated to refreshments and raffle prizes, and United flight 2147 received a water cannon salute from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue before departing to Houston.

“With daily service to top markets like Chicago, Houston, Newark, and Washington D.C. - as well as Denver and San Francisco returning this month - United has helped MIA stay on pace for another record year of passenger traffic in 2019,” said Lester Sola, MIA Director and CEO. “We congratulate them on reaching this historic milestone, and we wish them many more successful years in the Miami market.”

The Chicago-based carrier is MIA’s fourth-busiest airline, responsible for nearly 1.3 million annual passengers at MIA.

“Thank you to the employees and customers of MIA for a wonderful 60 years,” said Greg Hart, United Airlines Chief Operating Officer. “I am very proud of the efforts of the team who do a great job demonstrating United’s commitment to and the benefits of connecting people in Miami each and every day.”

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