Passenger traffic at Miami International Airport continued to climb in the first half of 2012 with total volume up 6.8 percent through June, according to statistics from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. International passengers surged 8.1 percent to 9.58 million travelers and domestic travelers grew 5.6 percent to 10.57 million. With 20.1 million travelers in the first six months of the year - 1.2 million passengers more than the airport served through the same period last year - the airport is on pace to reach another milestone never seen before in its history: 40 million annual passengers.
MIA continues to benefit from American Airlines' expansion to new and existing markets. This year, American launched three new routes to MIA with daily flights from Seattle, Barcelona and Manaus, Brazil. It will also expand service between Miami and Brazil with increased flights from Rio de Janeiro in December. In November, American will begin new service from Asuncion, Paraguay, making American the first U.S. carrier ever to offer non-stop service between the two countries.
New and expanded service by other carriers are on the rise as well. Brazilian low-cost carrier GOL began service on July 8 with weekly charter passenger flights from Sao Paulo, and Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) commenced daily service from Curacao on June 1. In October, airberlin will increase service from Dusseldorf from three to six times a week, and Aeroflot begins service at MIA with three weekly flights between Moscow and Miami. In November, Swiss International Air Lines is scheduled to add four weekly flights to their daily service from Zurich until May 5.
MIA's total freight shipments grew 4.8 percent to more than one million tons in the first half of 2012, putting the airport on target to match last year's all-time annual record of two million tons of freight.
For a complete report of MIA's mid-year statistics, go to http://www.miami-airport.com/monthly_traffic_Jun_2012.asp.