Miami International Airport (MIA), which was recently named one of the 10 best airports in the USA by Travel and Leisure magazine, has set a new record for passenger figures in the first quarter of 2012, with 10.2 million travellers passing through the airport in the first three months of the year.
This is a 9.5% increase over the same period in 2011 and throughout March international passenger traffic grew by 11% and domestic passengers increased by 8.1% compared to the same time last year.
The airport believes that increased service by hub carrier American Airlines, two new airlines and growth by carriers from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe have all contributed to its surge in passenger traffic. During the first two months of 2012, carriers operating from Latin American and Caribbean markets recorded a collective increase of more than 13% compared to 2011, while MIA’s European airlines saw traffic grow more than 26% collectively.
MIA has now overtaken New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport as the US airport with the most international flights in the last two quarters and is the 18th busiest passenger airport worldwide for the month of January, according to a preliminary report from the Airports Council International. MIA was in 26th place in 2011.