MIAMI -

Miami International Airport launched a pilot program to pay U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for additional overtime staffing in the airport’s passport control and customs screening areas. 

Federal and Miami-Dade County officials announced the agreement on Dec. 20.

The program allows the Miami-Dade Aviation Department to reimburse CBP up to $6 million over five years for a maximum average of 800 additional CBP inspector hours per month.

“I applaud the Aviation Department for ensuring that MIA was one of the first airports in the country to take advantage of this new program,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “As America’s second-busiest port of entry and our community’s gateway to the world, it is imperative we use every resource available to make the arrival process as customer-friendly as possible for our passengers.”

“The reimbursement program is another important self-help measure we have taken to reduce wait times and provide an improved travel experience to our international passengers,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio González. “I am extremely grateful to Mayor Gimenez, our congressional delegation, and CBP for their support in helping us reach this critical milestone.”