MIA’s November to remember: first month of growth since 2020
Month included six-percent passenger growth, busiest day ever at airport
Along with cooler temperatures, Thanksgiving dinners, and the full return of Miami Art Week, the month of November brought back to Miami-Dade County something else worth celebrating: the first full month of passenger growth at Miami International Airport.
For the first time since February 2020, MIA served more passengers in one month than the same month in 2019. Thanks to rising demand, expanded airline schedules, and the U.S. government allowing vaccinated non-U.S. citizens to enter the country as of November 8, MIA logged a total of 3.9 million passengers in November – up six percent from 3.67 million in November 2019. Contributing to the milestone month was a 12-day Thanksgiving holiday travel period that exceeded expectations at MIA: More than 1.7 million passengers between November 19 and November 30, up 14 percent over the same period in 2019. On November 28, the Sunday after Thanksgiving Day, MIA surpassed 164,000 passengers – the busiest travel day in the airport’s history.
I am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish as a County by protecting ourselves and our businesses during the pandemic, so we could safely open our doors and welcome back visitors during the holidays. It's exciting to see MIA full of travelers and back to growing again 20 months since the pandemic began. It is clear from our record-breaking month of travel in November that Miami-Dade County is more popular than ever as a tourist destination, and that MIA is growing even stronger as a global hub and as an economic engine for our community.
MIA is expecting another banner month in December, with its average number of daily departing airline seats up 19 percent and average daily departing flights up nearly 12 percent compared to December 2019. Most notably, MIA hub carrier American Airlines is now operating its largest Miami schedule ever, at 378 daily departures; Spirit Airlines added service to 19 destinations from MIA in mid-November, after launching first-ever Miami service in October with nine routes; and Frontier Airlines expanded its Miami network to a total of 36 nonstop domestic and international destinations – its largest number ever. The three carriers are among the five busiest passenger airlines at MIA.
Our record-setting month would not have been possible without the outstanding partnership and support from our airlines, concessionaires, and service providers at MIA. Thanks to them and our dedicated airport workforce, MIA is more than ready for the busy winter travel season ahead.
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