South Florida's economy is increasingly dependent on aviation, with 282,000 jobs in Miami-Dade County alone tied to the aviation sector. Miami International Airport is home to 87 airlines and counted 347,000 flight operations last year. MIA is the No. 1 airport for international cargo and No. 2 for international passengers, due largely to its status as a gateway to Latin America. With manufacturers, suppliers and other aviation companies calling Miami home, economic development authorities are seeking to boost the industry still further with a biannual commercial air show. "The Paris Air Show attracts 300,000 people every other year and exhibitors from all over the world," says a top development official. "We don't have a major commercial air show in the U.S."

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