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The Miami-Dade County Aviation Department today announced that it will be lowering its aircraft landing fee at Miami International Airport (MIA) by nearly nine percent effective October 1, 2012, making MIA more affordable to the airline industry. Thanks to another record-setting year of passenger and cargo growth in fiscal year 2012, the Aviation Department will be lowering MIA’s landing fee from $1.92 to $1.75 per 1,000 pounds of landed weight for the 2013 fiscal year (October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013). After leading all large U.S. airports in passenger growth with a seven-percent increase last year, MIA has grown another seven percent this fiscal year through June. Freight volumes at MIA, the County’s top economic engine, have also surged to grow nearly five percent this fiscal year after slowing to less than one percent growth in fiscal year 2011 because of the global economic downturn.