Miami International Airport officials ask Super Bowl LIV fans to arrive early

Super Bowl exodus begins as 90,000 passengers return home from MIA

Kansas City Chiefs fans arrive early on Monday morning at Miami International Airport. (Local 10 News)

MIAMI – Marilynn and Rick Hemenway were up early Monday morning to get to the Miami International Airport on Monday, after a short stay in Miami-Dade County for Super Bowl LIV.

The Kansas City fans said they were happy their team defeated San Francisco 31-20, and they were on their way back to Missouri to attend the Wednesday morning celebratory parade. It’s the team’s first Super Bowl victory in 50 years.

Airport officials are asking some 90,000 travelers flying out of MIA on Monday to arrive at least three hours before a domestic flight, and at least four hours before an international flight. The Hemenway family heeded the warning.

Kansas City Chiefs fan Rick Hemenway arrives early Monday morning to Miami International Airport. (Local 10 News)

“Getting here and getting in is better than waiting until 9 or 10 o’clock when everybody else is gonna be in here along with the normal travelers and all of that,” Rick Hemenway said.

About 65,000 NFL fans were at the Hard Rock Stadium for the big game on Sunday, but local authorities expected about 200,000 Super Bowl LIV tourists in South Florida. Miami Beach tourist officials reported about 150,000 would visit the city island daily during Super Bowl weekend.

Lisa Riggs, a San Francisco 49ers fan, was at MIA early on Monday. Arriving early for her flight wasn’t as exciting for the Hemenway family. She said she was “super disappointed.”

Lisa Riggs, a San Francisco 49ers fan, arrived at Miami International Airport on Monday morning for her flight home. (Local 10 News)

“We came with an NFL package, and so this is the flight that we got,” Riggs said adding that despite the inconvenience of having to wake up early and sad, her trip to Miami had “gone really well.”

Drivers of rideshare services, like Uber and Lyft, are dropping off travelers at the Miami Intermodal Center until 4 p.m. Those travelers will need more time to take a two-minute train ride from the center to the airport’s main terminal.

Tips from airport authorities

• 5 hours before departure: Check out of your hotel.

4 hours before departure: Start making your way to the airport. Request your taxi, shuttle, ride app, take public transportation or return your rental car.

3 hours before departure: Check-in at your ticket counter.

• 2 hours before departure: Proceed to the TSA security checkpoint.

1 hour before departure: Arrive at your gate, relax, and have a great flight.

About the Authors:

Trent Kelly is an award-winning multimedia journalist who joined the Local 10 News team in June 2018. Trent is no stranger to Florida. Born in Tampa, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he graduated with honors from the UF College of Journalism and Communications.

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.