Airport Top Airport For Airline Passenger Growth
By Eddy Metcalf
October 24, 2011 - Passenger growth at Miami
International Airport continued to surge in the third
quarter of 2011 with an increase of 9.6 percent in
September, keeping the airport on track to surpass its
best year ever in 2010.
International passengers jumped 12.7 percent while
domestic passengers also improved by 6.8 percent.
Through September, passenger traffic at MIA grew 7.2
percent compared to 2010, for a total passenger count of
nearly 28.6 million in 2011.
Calendar year-to-date statistics through August, which
are the most current data available for all airports
nationwide, show MIA's growth to be the highest among
all U.S. airports (see the attached report by
success has been boosted by hub carrier American Airlines, which
handled 5.7 percent more passengers at MIA in the fiscal year
ending September 30 and has 63 percent of the airport's market
share. New and expanded service by other carriers has also
contributed to MIA's rising numbers.
Based on a
scientific study of Official Airline Guide schedule data for
more than 650 airports and approximately 100 airlines operating
in the U.S., aviation industry website Airline Network News and
Analysis (anna.aero) named MIA ?U.S. Airport with the Most New
Airlines in 2011.?
the award with the addition of four new airlines between October
31, 2010 and October 31, 2011: Arkefly to Amsterdam on June 24;
Corsairfly to Paris on June 18; ExecAir to Naples, Florida, on
July 4; KLM also to Amsterdam on March 21; and TAP Portugal to
Lisbon on June 6. Transaero Airlines began service from MIA to
Moscow on October 27 last year, but the new route began just
four days outside of the contest deadline.
MIA will add more new airlines in November, with Mexican low-cost carriers VivaAerobus and Interjet beginning twice-weekly service from Monterrey, Mexico on November 11 and daily flights from Mexico City on November 17, respectively. In January, Sun Air International Airlines will commence 18 weekly flights from MIA to five destinations in the Bahamas.
International Airport (MIA), formally Wilcox Field, is the primary
airport serving the South Florida area. The airport is a hub for
passenger airlines American Airlines, Executive Airlines under the
American Eagle name; cargo airlines, UPS Airlines and FedEx Express; and
charter airline Miami Air. It is a focus airport for LAN Airlines and
its subsidiaries, both for passengers and cargo operations. Miami
International Airport has passenger and cargo flights to cities
throughout the Americas and Europe, as well as the Canary Islands off
the African coast, and cargo flights to Asia; it is South Florida's main
airport for long-haul international flights.
International Airport is the largest gateway between the United States
and Latin America, and is one of the largest airline hubs in the United
States, owing to its proximity to tourist attractions, local economic
growth, large local Latin American and European populations, and
strategic location to handle connecting traffic between North America,
Latin America, and Europe.
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