The Miami International Airport (MIA) reported today that in 2018 passed through its facilities 45 million passengers and 2.3 million tons of cargo, two new brands in its traffic history.
The figures provided by MIA, which have been audited, mean increases of almost one million passengers and 60,000 tons compared to 2017, said a statement.
Of the 45 million passengers that passed through the main airport in South Florida, almost 21.9 million were international, which means 404,000 more than in 2017.
The director and general manager of MIA, Lester Sola, expressed great satisfaction with these results and predicted that 2019 will be another “year of strong growth” with the planned arrival at Miami airport of new international airlines.
In a statement, MIA highlighted that low-cost carrier Norwegian will launch its first service to Miami from Gatwick Airport (London) on March 31.
Royal Air Maroc will open the Miami-Casablanca route on April 3, which will be the first nonstop flights between Miami and the African continent, the Polish LOT will inaugurate four weekly flights to Warsaw on June 1 and the French Corsair another four weekly flights to Parisian Orly airport on June 10.
As for 2018, MIA highlighted that American Airlines, which has an operations center at this airport, launched new international routes to Bonaire (Netherlands Antilles), St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Pereira (Colombia) and Georgetown (Guyana), as well as new services or more frequently to eleven national destinations.
Among the novelties of 2018 are four weekly flights to Milan from Air Italia, daily flights to Brasilia and Fortaleza (Brazil) from the low-cost airline GOL, ten weekly flights to Montreal (Canada), Quebec, Toronto and Ottawa from Sunwing Airlines, and a weekly service to Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto (Canada) by Flair.
Viva Air began operating from Miami three flights a week to Santa Marta (Colombia), and United Airlines a daily flight to Dulles airport in Washington.
In addition, three new cargo carriers began operating from Miami: Southern Air, with services to Hong Kong, Ethiopian Airlines, with two weekly flights to Addis Ababa, the first exclusively cargo route between the African continent and MIA, and Amazon Air, with daily double services to US destinations
“Congratulations to the MIA team for celebrating another successful year and reaching the milestone of 45 million passengers,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, who referred to the airport as the largest “economic locomotive” in the county. .