After finishing 2009 on an upward trend in both passenger and cargo volumes and regaining its ranking as Florida's busiest airport, Miami International Airport had increases of nearly 3.5 percent in passenger traffic and 25 percent in freight for the first quarter of 2010.
March was MIA's best month of the year so far, with a 6.36-percent jump in total passengers and a 39.3-percent leap in total freight. Through March, MIA has served more than four million international passengers and 4.7 million domestic passengers for a total of 8.78 million. MIA also handled 427.7 tons of international freight and nearly 55 tons of domestic freight for a total of 482 tons of freight in the first quarter.
The strong beginning to 2010 follows a full-year of economic recession that MIA withstood by only losing half a percent of its passenger traffic from 2008 while most U.S. airports suffered losses of five percent or more. Freight tonnage also began to rebound from the struggling economy with an 18-percent increase in December. Contributing to the trend are Asian cargo carriers, which have regained and surpassed what their service levels at MIA were prior to the recession.
MIA's 33.9 million passengers in 2009 moved it ahead of Orlando as the busiest airport in Florida after trailing the last five years and its 16 million international passengers last year surpassed Los Angeles, making it the second-leading airport in the U.S. for international passengers after JFK. MIA continues to be Florida's leading international gateway, handling nearly 70 percent of the state's arrivals from abroad - more than all the other airports in Florida combined.
For a complete report of MIA's 2010 first quarter statistics, go to http://www.miami-airport.com/monthly_traffic_mar_2010.asp.