Miami Airport sets new record in freight traffic in 2016

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Jan 24, 2017: Miami International Airport (MIA) has witnessed 0.37 percent growth in freight traffic to reach 2.18 million tonnes in 2016, according to final audited statistics from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD).

MIA continues to be among the world’s top 10 hubs for international freight, with 1.9 million tonnes of international shipments and 287,953 tonnes of domestic freight.    

The airport has served nearly 44.6 million travelers in 2016, an increase of 234,000 over 2015 that also secured the airport’s seventh-consecutive year of passenger growth.

Despite a large downturn in travel between MIA and top South American markets with struggling economies, in addition to the presence of Zika in South Florida, the global gateway’s annual passenger traffic still increased by 0.53 percent. While travel between MIA and Brazil alone – the airport’s top international market - fell 600,000 passengers in 2016, increases in other countries and domestically kept the global gateway on an upward trend.

Domestic passengers rose by 0.26 percent to 23.2 million, while international traffic grew by 0.82 percent to nearly 21.4 million passengers.

Adding to MIA’s growth were the launches of 10 new entrant airlines: AeroUnion, Dominican Wings; Eurowings; KF Cargo; Northern Air Cargo; Pan American World Airways Dominicana; Scandinavian Airlines; Silver Airways; Surinam Airways; and 21 Air.

MIA also welcomed six new international nonstop routes: Bimini, Bahamas; Cologne, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Norway; Paramaribo, Suriname; and Varadero, Cuba.

MIA’s airline roster will expand further in 2017 with the addition of four more carriers, all of which will serve international destinations. Low-cost Mexican carrier Volaris will fly daily to Mexico City and four times a week to Guadalajara, Mexico, beginning on February 1. Following Volaris three days later will be First Air, which will begin weekly charter service to Mount Hope, Ontario in February 4, on behalf of Celebrity Cruises. Low-cost European carrier WOW Air will begin flying to Reykjavík, Iceland three times a week in April, and Aer Lingus will begin three weekly flights to Dublin, Ireland in September. 

“We had a 30-percent decrease from our busiest international market, and we still ended 2016 better than 2015,” said Emilio T González, director, Miami-Dade Aviation.

“With sustained growth by hub carrier American Airlines, more international carriers on the way, and new business opportunities for our cargo airlines, we expect another prosperous year in 2017.”

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