Miami posts 5% traffic rise in first quarter

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Passenger traffic at Miami International Airport (MIA) through the first three months of 2019 grew by 583,073 over the same period last year – representing a five per cent increase in the airport’s first operating quarter.

MIA’s growth included an additional 306,421 (+5.5 per cent) international passengers and 276,652 (+4.6 per cent) domestic passengers year-over-year.

Florida’s busiest airport for international passengers expects continued growth in the second quarter of 2019, thanks to the launch of four new international routes.

Low-cost carrier Norwegian’s daily flights to London Gatwick Airport on 1 April; Royal Air Maroc’s (pictured above) three weekly flights to Casablanca on 3 April; and LOT Polish Airlines’ four weekly flights to Warsaw start on 1 June; and Corsair’s four weekly flights to Paris Orly Airport begin on 10 June.

The Casablanca route provides MIA’s first passenger flights to Africa since the year 2000 and Florida’s only nonstop service to the continent. The Warsaw route will mark MIA’s first-ever service to Poland and the only nonstop route between Florida and Eastern Europe.

“It is very encouraging to see MIA begin 2019 with a strong start, even before our busy summer travel season and the launch of four popular international routes,” said Lester Sola, MIA director and CEO. “MIA grew by one million passengers in 2018, and we are optimistic about a larger increase this year.”