Letters to the Editor

Delta turns 70

Miami International Airport has seen plenty of airline names come and go for various reasons, but, as of Dec. 1, one stands apart as our longest-serving airline partner at 70 years and counting — Delta Air Lines.

In an industry that has had its fair share of instability, Delta has maintained its iconic presence at Miami International Airport since it started service here in 1945. That first flight was on a DC-3 aircraft carrying a whopping 21 passengers from Miami to Chicago, which at the time was the longest route in the United States. The airline has since grown into MIA’s second-busiest carrier, serving 2.5 million of our passengers annually.

In between 1945 and now, Delta has helped MIA expand its extensive global network and has brought generations of travelers to our ever-growing community. Along the way, the men and women of Delta have consistently delivered excellent customer service and safe travels aboard silver DC-6s and red, white and blue 757s, alike.

Today, Delta’s legacy of dedicated customer service lives on, with millions of MIA travelers choosing to fly Delta each year. We appreciate Delta’s steady partnership, and look forward to working with it to provide our shared customers with the best possible travel experience for many years to come.

Emilio T. González,

director, Miami-Dade

Aviation Department, Miami