MIA traffic grows by nearly one million to reach some 46 million passengers in 2019

Miami International Airport reports that it served 45.9 million passengers in 2019, an increase of nearly one million passengers over its total in 2018, and turning in a record-setting year for both passenger and cargo traffic.

This breaks down to 22.384 million international passengers and 23.541 million domestic. The airport is serving 10 million more passengers annually than it did 10 years ago, said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

     MIA attributes part of the growth to the addition of five new international passenger routes: Low-cost carrier Norwegian launched first-ever service at MIA on March 31 with daily nonstop service to London Gatwick Airport; Moroccan national carrier Royal Air Maroc launched the first-ever Miami-Casablanca route on April 3, giving MIA its first passenger flights to Africa since the year 2000 and Florida’s only nonstop service to the continent;  in June LOT Polish Airlines launched the inaugural Warsaw-Miami flight, creating the only nonstop route between Florida and Eastern Europe and the airport’s first-ever service to Poland; Hub carrier American Airlines started four weekly flights to Cordoba, Argentina on June 7; and French airline Corsair launched service at MIA on June 10 with four weekly flights to Paris Orly Airport.

For 2020 American Airlines will launch expanded service to Lima, Peru; Santiago, Chile; and São Paulo, Brazil, and domestically, add new flights to Jackson, Mississippi and Des Moines, Iowa.

Low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines will establish a 130-employee crew base and launch eight additional routes at MIA in 2020, including first-time international service for the airline from Miami to San Salvador, El Salvador; Guatemala City, Guatemala; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The new routes will expand Frontier’s network to 22 nonstop destinations from MIA in June.

Delta Air Lines announced that it will add 13 new daily nonstop flights from MIA, expanding its network to offer 41 daily non-stop flights between 10 U.S. airports and MIA.

 MIA also had it busiest day ever for total passengers on January 5 with more than 158,000 passengers, in addition to the record day for departing passengers on February 3 for Super Bowl LIV.