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Miami International Airport sets new records in passenger and cargo traffic for 2023


Miami, Florida – Miami International Airport (MIA) achieved record-breaking performance in 2023, marking a year filled with significant milestones in both passenger and cargo traffic, alongside extensive investments in infrastructure and modernization efforts. The audited reports highlighted a historical high in annual passenger traffic, with MIA handling 52.3 million travelers, indicating a 3.2% increase over the previous year. This growth was particularly notable in international travel, which saw an 8.5% surge to 23.2 million passengers. Although there was a slight decrease in domestic traffic, it still represented a substantial 29.1 million travelers.

A Year of Unprecedented Achievements

The airport’s hub carrier, American Airlines, played a crucial role in this achievement, serving 31.4 million passengers and boosting its seat capacity by 10% during the winter schedule, leading to a peak of 380 flights per day. This expansion was complemented by the introduction of services from carriers such as Volaris El Salvador, Norse Atlantic Airways, and Porter Airlines, bringing MIA’s total to 96 passenger and cargo airlines, the highest in the U.S.

Cargo operations also saw remarkable growth, with a 1% increase leading to a record 2.78 million tons of cargo handled. This success was attributed to 2.2 million tons of international cargo and over half a million tons of domestic shipments, marking the third consecutive year MIA surpassed the 2.7 million ton mark.

The year was further distinguished by an influx of investments totaling $7 billion in capital improvements and $1.7 billion in maintenance modernization plans. These efforts were part of Mayor Levine Cava’s Future-Ready initiative, which aimed at enhancing the airport’s infrastructure and ensuring transparency in the implementation of the Modernization in Action (M.I.A.) Plan.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava praised MIA’s role as a global gateway and its contribution to Miami’s tourism industry, attributing the success to the airport’s partners and workforce. MIA Director and CEO Ralph Cutié echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the airport’s commitment to excellence and its role in regional economic development.

Looking forward, MIA anticipates further growth with the introduction of new routes by American Airlines and the arrival of airlines such as Condor Airlines, LEVEL, and Viva Aerobus. April will see the addition of China Cargo Airlines, enhancing MIA’s global air cargo network.

The airport’s commitment to improvement is evident in its plans for 2024, which include a $136 million parking garage, upgrades to airline ticket counters, the adoption of biometric boarding technology, and renovations to facilities such as elevators, escalators, bathrooms, and passenger boarding bridges. These initiatives underscore MIA’s dedication to maintaining a leading position in global travel by offering a technologically advanced, efficient, and comfortable environment for all passengers and employees.

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