MIA rings in 2016 with new single-day passenger record

Miami International Airport closed out 2015 by welcoming its 44-millionth passenger of the year, shattering its previous annual record of 40.9 million set in 2014. The new annual record was followed two days later by a new single-day passenger record, when MIA handled 159,217 passengers on January 2. This number topped the previous record of 155,620 set just two weeks prior on December 19.

Through November, MIA was already having its best year ever for passenger growth, with a 9.2% increase and 40.3 million passengers at that point. December added another four million passengers to the airport’s year-end total, with the last 10 days of the month seeing 1.5 million passengers travel through the global gateway. Final, audited 2015 statistics will be released later this month.

“These record-setting numbers were exclamation points on another amazing year at MIA,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “Adding three million more passengers in 2015 means a huge influx of business revenue and job creation for our local tourism industry. This year, we expect to remain on an upward trend with even more new international airlines and routes starting service, as well as our existing carriers continuing to flourish. We look forward to yet another record-breaking year at MIA.”