Miami International Airport served more than 2.1 million passengers during the 17-day winter holiday travel period from December 21 to January 6 for an increase of 3.6 percent over the same period last year. MIA’s surge in holiday travelers exceeded national projections by airline industry trade organization Airlines for America (www.airlines.org) and auto group AAA, which predicted a nation-wide increase of two percent and a decrease of 1.4 percent, respectively.
“Congratulations to the leadership at MIA for continuing to set new records and reach new milestones,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “It is extremely rewarding to see MIA surpass national projections during the holidays and serve a growing number of visitors to our community. As the top gateway and economic engine for Miami-Dade County, this is fantastic news.”
MIA averaged nearly 126,000 passengers during the 17-day period, far exceeding its typical weekday average of 105,000 and its weekend day average of 113,000. MIA set a new single-day passenger record of 139,941 on December 21, only to break that record two weeks later with 144,192 passengers on January 4. The strong holiday travel numbers helped MIA reach a new milestone of 40 million annual passengers on December 27.
“MIA’s record-setting holiday travel performance is further testament to our strength as a global gateway and a premier international destination,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “While domestic air travel was challenged by bad weather across the U.S., MIA’s international traffic to and from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe continues to boost our overall growth to the point that we may be the only U.S. airport with an exact 50-percent split between international and domestic passengers when final 2013 tallies are reported.”
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