Miami International Airport soars toward passenger record
Although Miami International Airport won’t be releasing its final 2016 passenger statistics until the end of the month, all signs point to another successful year of passenger traffic growth.
Airport officials project that the 2016 numbers will exceed the previous record, meaning that 2016 would be the seventh consecutive year of growth in total passenger traffic.
Projections show that in 2016, the airport saw 44.5 million travelers, up 0.4% from 2015.
Statistics for 2015 show that a total of 44,350,247 passengers stepped foot through the airport that year, an 8.32% increase from 2014’s 40,941,879.
The project growth in 2016 can be partly attributed to the airport’s multiple route and carrier expansions.
Last year, Miami International added 10 new airlines, making it home to a grand total of 109 carriers – the most of any US airport.
Additionally, the airport welcomed six new international nonstop routes to Bimini, Bahamas; Cologne, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Norway; Paramaribo, Suriname; and Varadero, Cuba.
In 2015, 21,206,557 passengers – just under half the total – arrived from or departed to international destinations.
The airport’s final audited statistics are to be released at the end of January.