written by on November 29, 2022
  • miamitodayepaper.com


Miami International Airport soars 15% above pre-Covid air traffic

With three new international direct routes and record-breaking Thanksgiving traffic in December, total passenger numbers at Miami International Airport continue to increase year over year.

Over the past 30 days, passenger traffic is up 13% over last year and 15% over 2019, said Greg Chin, director of communications for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.

November 13 was the busiest day during the past 30 days at MIA with 152,336 daily passengers and 980 domestic and international flights, followed by November 18 – the Friday before Thanksgiving – with 151,946 daily passengers and 986 flights.

According to flight information from the airport, on November 18, 2021, there were 1,013 flights but 132,830 passengers, 4.5% fewer flights but 6.5% more passengers.

For the Thanksgiving travel period, MIA projected 1.8 million passengers from November 18 to November 29, up 4% from 2021, which was a record year, according to MIA Communications. The airport projected an average of 150,000 passengers per day during the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period. There were 144,000 passengers in the same period last year.

According to the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, as of September 30, MIA had flown 813,841 international passengers that month, and 802,817 international passengers for a total of 1,616,658 international passengers. During the same period last year, MIA carried 1,010,963 international passengers, an increase of 59.91%.

MIA recorded a total of 2,102,432 domestic passengers for September, according to the department, up 22.75% from 2021, which received 1,712,819 domestic passengers.

New international routes coming in December include Avianca Airlines launching seasonal service with three weekly flights to Bucaramanga, Colombia, and two weekly flights to Santa Marta, Colombia on 9 and 10 December. In addition, Air Canada will begin three weekly flights to Vancouver. On 17 December.

Additionally, on 21 October Aer Lingus resumed its three-weekly Dublin service for the first time since the pandemic shut down operations.

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