Miami airport welcomed record passenger numbers over Thanksgiving period

Miami International Airport welcomed 1.86m passengers during the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period, beating its previous record of 1.73m travellers in 2021 by 7.3 per cent.

The peak travel season also brought three of MIA’s five busiest days ever on 18, 25 and 26 November with 26 November setting a new all-time single-day record of 169,926 passengers. The airport’s second-busiest day ever was in 2022 on 20 March, when it served 167,529 travellers.

Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County mayor, said: “I am very proud of our airport for successfully completing another record-breaking Thanksgiving travel period and for efficiently welcoming more visitors to our community.

“Thanks to the strong teamwork across our Aviation Department, our airline and concessionaire partners, and the local and federal security agencies at MIA, nearly two million travellers were able to have a positive airport experience in Miami-Dade County during the Thanksgiving holiday week.”

Ralph Cutié, director and CEO of Miami International Airport, added: “During this season of Thanksgiving, I am especially grateful for every team member at MIA who helped to make our record-breaking travel period a success.

“With the winter holiday travel season and the end of the year quickly approaching, I am incredibly proud of the strides we have made as an airport in 2023 to provide our customers with the world-class service they deserve.”

Even with the record numbers, MIA’s carparks remained open throughout its busiest days. Additionally, flights at the global gateway arrived on time at an 81 per cent rate and departed on time at a 79 per cent rate in November.

In 2022, Miami airport was the world’s eighth busiest airport in total flights and ranked tenth among the world’s busiest airports in on-time performance at 74 per cent, according to the Official Airline Guide.