Miami International Airport (MIA) experienced a record-breaking year in 2016, serving nearly 44.6 million travelers — an increase of 234,000 over 2015 that also secured the airport´s seventh-consecutive year of passenger growth, the company said.
The airport also broke its 2015 record for annual freight traffic, growing 0.37 percent to 2.18 million tons in 2016, according to final audited statistics from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD).
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. MIA continues to be among the world´s top 10 hubs for international freight, with 1.9 million tons of international shipments and 287,953 tons of domestic freight.
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 is now home to 109 carriers. 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.