Super Bowl LIV will be hosted by the city of Miami Gardens at the Hard Rock Stadium on February 2nd, 2020. The 54th annual NFL finale is expected to bring in over 150,00 visitors to Miami and its surrounding cities. BA/GA operators should prepare in advance when operating to airports in the area during Super Bowl week due to amplified traffic, possible restrictions and increased security measures.
If you are planning operations to Miami for the Super Bowl, here is what you should know:
1. AIRPORT OPTIONS
KOPF is ideal for business aviation operators as it is in closest proximity to the venue, situated only six miles (15 minutes) from Hard Rock Stadium. KOPF offers full FBO services, a wide range of aircraft repairs and a U.S. Coast Guard Air & Sea Rescue Station. The airport is open 24hrs; however, Control Tower operates from 0700-2300L and U.S. Customs operates from 0900-0000L (extended hours available upon a three-hour advance request).
KFLL is highly utilized as an international airport of entry and is located 18 miles, or about 20 minutes, from Hard Rock Stadium. This full-service airport operates 24/7, with the U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance availability. The airport offers comprehensive services for private and corporate aircraft and their crew members.
KFXE is located 22 miles (30 minutes) from Hard Rock Stadium, while KTMB is about 33 miles (40 minutes) away. KFXE features a 24-hour Air Traffic Control Tower and airport security. It serves as a U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) landing rights airport with facility operations from 0800-0000L. KTMB Control Tower hours are from 0700-2300L and staff is on duty 24/7. Also with U.S. Customs landing rights, KTMB operates from 1000-1800L during winter and 1100-1900L during summer.
NOTAMs and Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) will most likely be issued during Super Bowl weekend (January 31st-February 2nd). Follow Jetex on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for up-to-date notifications.
2. FUEL AND GROUND HANDLING
It is advised that ground handling and fuel requests are secured a minimum of 48 hours prior to arrival. Due to the magnitude of the Super Bowl event and high volume of aircraft, jet fueling delays should be anticipated. Contact Jetex at firstname.lastname@example.org for immediate fuel release requests, as Jetex can provide quick turnaround for requests in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale region. Strategically positioned at KOPF, Jetex’s operations center provides efficient flight coordination for both domestic and international operations.
KOPF is designated as a reliever airport to Miami International Airport and has no landing fees; however, handling, overnight and ramp fees apply. KFLL charges handling fees; KFXE charges ramp and tie-down fees; and KTMB charges handling, hangar, ramp and tie-down fees.
3. LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
Taxis and ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are available at each of these airports. Local vehicle chauffeuring companies offer elite transportation services that are preferred choices for BA/GA passengers and crew. The Miami Metromover is a free, electrically powered option that loops around the Downtown and Brickell neighborhoods. With local partners, Jetex can arrange and coordinate vehicle services for safe and comfortable transportation to and from the airport and Hard Rock Stadium for the Super Bowl.
Expect transportation traffic congestion during Super Bowl weekend on major roads and highways, such as the Interstate 95 (I-95) and the Florida Turnpike (tolled). If you prefer to drive, please keep in mind that Florida has a hands-free law, making it illegal to hold your phone while driving.
Overflight permits may be required depending upon the departure destination of the aircraft. Landing permits and a certificate of airworthiness may also be needed, especially during national event weekends like the Super Bowl. Contact Jetex for permit requests and for the latest information on any changes.
5. PARKING AND SLOTS
Hangar and tie-down parking options are available at KOPF, KFLL and KTMB. KFXE only has tie-down options. Slots are not required for these airports; however, during Super Bowl weekend these options may change and lead times may be modified. Prior Permission Required (PPR) at KOPF for the activation of certain runways when ATC Towers are closed. PPR at KFLL applies only when aircraft wingspans are greater than 118ft.
6. CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION
For any entry into the U.S. – even tech stops – U.S. Customs must be notified and cleared. U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance is available at KFLL and KFXE, but not at KOPF and KTMB. Foreign aircraft may require a TSA waiver and eAPIS filing for Customs and Border Protection approval, depending on the nature of the flight and/or size of the aircraft. Visit eAPIS for more information.
All operators to the U.S. must pre-notify CBP at their intended port of entry. As pre-notification procedures differ from port to port, it’s wise to know the particular Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) clearance procedures, at least a week in advance, for your intended arrival location. When looking to arrange CBP clearance in the U.S., it’s always recommended to know in advance what requirements must be met and the lead time requirements. Always keep CBP updated on changes that may affect clearance. Customs clearance and a valid passport are required for crew and passengers. For current visa nationality requirements to the United States, check here.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) enforces tight airport security and utilizes unprecedented security measures throughout the airport. All travelers will be screened and no individual is guaranteed expedited screening. The executive airports are relatively safer than the international ones, so it is important to always remain vigilant, especially as you prepare for TSA security checkpoints. TSA pre-check is available and more information can be found here.
Miami and the surrounding cities are overall safe, especially for tourists; however, it is still strongly advised to exercise precautionary measures and to remain vigilant around tourist landmarks. Pickpocketing can be an issue, especially in downtown areas. Always keep an eye out for suspicious activities wherever you go. Security is expected to be heightened during Super Bowl week, so expect delays at security checkpoints and increased law enforcement visibility in public locations.
8. PEAK SEASON
Peak season for Miami covers the fall/winter months of mid-October to early March, as many tourists from the northern parts of the United States fly down for a holiday. With Miami being the host city for Super Bowl LIV, the region is expected to see more tourists than usual.
There are various hotels and resorts within the Miami/Fort Lauderdale region with different prices and ratings. During peak season, hotel rates average about 200-600USD per night. For the Super Bowl, it is recommended to book ASAP as hotel rates will certainly rise and sell out. Some premier hotel options include Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Mandarin Oriental Miami, Four Seasons Hotel Miami, JW Marriott Marquis Miami and The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami.
Weather is a major factor when considering a Super Bowl location due to the main operational and logistical concerns. Miami is well-suited as it has a tropical climate with pleasantly warm winter months. The average temperature ranges from 73°F to 78°F (23°C to 26°C) in January/February, and while there is no real dry season, the least rainy season is during January and February. Operations during the Super Bowl should see minimal rainfall and moderately warm temperatures, as February is not the wettest month of the year in South Florida. Tropical storms and disturbances will also not be an issue as hurricane season runs from June through November.
11. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
- Foreign nationals are required to receive certain vaccinations, as advised by the USCIS.
- Pets onboard foreign aircraft must meet CDC requirements to enter the U.S.
- Operators coming to Miami specifically for Super Bowl LIV are encouraged to arrive ASAP as Super Bowl festivities start as early as January 25th, 2020.
Super Bowl is one of the largest events in the United States with over 65,000 attendees and over 100 million television spectators. Operating to the host city during the event can pose some operational challenges; however, with proper planning and coordination, the operation can run smoothly.
Jetex can schedule and organize all fuel, ground handling and flight planning services for you to make sure that you have a safe and efficient operation to Miami during the Super Bowl.
For transportation assistance and trip experience planning services, contact Jetex at email@example.com or call +1 305 306 4000.