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MIA international traffic keeps on growing

American Airlines MIA 2MIAMI: January 25, 2016. Miami International Airport (MIA) handled 2.2 million tons of freight and mail in 2015 – 1.9 million tons internationally and an additional 281,000 tons of domestic traffic. The result equals the previous year’s total and maintains the airport as one of the world’s top 10 air cargo hubs.

Between October and December last year MIA saw new services and capacity from Turkish Airlines, Austrian Airlines and low-cost carrier VivaColombia; new A380 services from British Airways and Air France; and increased frequencies by airberlin, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Swiss, Virgin Atlantic and WestJet.

With its major hub in MIA, American Airlines was responsible for 50 percent of the airport’s traffic last year while other incumbents contributed 25 percent and new carriers generated the remainder.

“I cannot say enough about how pleased I am with the growth at MIA in 2015,” said Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez. “In addition to being our county’s top economic engine and one of Florida’s most valued assets, MIA is fast-becoming one of the busiest airports in the nation and in the world.”

German low-cost carrier Eurowings will add MIA to its Cologne hub in May this year and SAS plans to launch its first nonstop service from Copenhagen and Oslo later in 2016.

“With the most airlines of any U.S. airport and the continued expansion of hub carrier American Airlines and other existing carriers, MIA is poised to reach greater heights in 2016,” declared Miami-Dade Aviation director Emilio González.   

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