MIA is Miami
By Verdina Roka
When asked “What is MIA? the 5.5 million residents of the Miami metropolitan area will tell you: Miami! It would not seem that a five-letter name like Miami would need a three-letter abbreviation, but there it is — with affection — as mia also means “mine” in the romance languages. With our large Latin population, it is a natural fit. MIA and Miami are commonly used for the general urbanized area when specific boundaries are not required.
More than 30 airports around the world share the M-I-A initials, but the call letters are assigned to only one: the MIA Miami International Airport. Thus MIA has become Miami’s globally recognized iconic ID, with 16+ Million annual passenger arrivals memorizing it as “destination Miami“.
All pronounceable three-letter combinations have numerous meanings* However, at any given moment, when asked to define MIA, there are multiple-millions who will quickly reply: MIA IS MIAMI !