00:05 AM

MIA celebrates World Trade Month with Mother’s Day flowers

Flower power helps airport move up in new U.S. and global rankings

To celebrate World Trade Month and its improved rankings among cargo airports globally, Miami International Airport (MIA) partnered today with UPS and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to host a media tour of the UPS Latin America International Air Hub at MIA during the Mother’s Day flower import season – the busiest peak time for flower shipments.

Thanks  in part to the strength of MIA’s flower trade – its largest group of imports at 327,000 tons valued at nearly $1.6 billion annually – the airport improved in every major air cargo category in 2022, according to recently released rankings by Airports Council International (ACI).

Congratulations to the MIA team and our entire community of air cargo providers for propelling our hometown airport up the global rankings and making it even more competitive with the busiest cargo hubs in the world.  Ninety percent of all bouquets that moms across the U.S. receive this weekend for Mother’s Day will come through Miami-Dade County, making MIA the largest flower gateway in the U.S.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava

According to the ACI report, MIA remained the busiest airport in the U.S. for international freight but now ranks as the 7th busiest in the world in that category, up from 9th in 2021. MIA is also now the 3rd busiest U.S. airport in total freight and total cargo (freight plus mail), up from 4th and 5th busiest, respectively. Excluding Anchorage International Airport, which includes transit freight, only the global hubs for FedEx in Memphis and UPS in Louisville now rank higher than MIA among U.S. airports for total freight and cargo. Worldwide, MIA ranked 7th in both categories in 2022, jumping from its 10th and 11thplace rankings in the previous year.

MIA handled a total of 2.75 million tons of cargo in 2022, which included 2.24 million tons of international cargo and 510,000 tons of domestic cargo. UPS was one of MIA’s 10 busiest cargo carriers last year, handling more than 293,000 tons.


To request materials in accessible format, Sign Language Interpreters, CART services and/or any accommodation to participate in any Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) public meetings and events please email the ADA Office at or call the office in 305-876-7747 five days in advance to initiate your request. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).