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Winter holiday travel projections and tips for MIA

More than 1,157,000 passengers are expected at Miami International Airport during the 17-day winter holiday travel period from Monday, December 21 (the first official day of winter) to Wednesday, January 6, 2021, which would make it the busiest travel period at the airport since the pandemic began.

While traffic is expected to be down 54 percent over the same period in 2019, the projected average of 68,000 passengers per day is a sizeable increase from MIA’s 53,000 daily passenger average in November. On Sunday, December 20, MIA served 82,000 passengers - its busiest day of the year since the travel downturn in March.

The busiest travel days at MIA over the next 17 days are projected to be the weekend after Christmas Day and January 5, the day before Three Kings Day.

Below are some tips to make traveling through MIA easier:

  • Departing passengers should arrive at the airport two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight to allow enough time for recent adjustments to the airline check-in and security checkpoint screening process.
  • Passengers are encouraged to check-in online before arriving at MIA.
  • Visit the International Air Transport Association’s Travel Centre to learn the latest visa and health regulations for the country you are visiting, if traveling internationally.
  • To expedite screening at the TSA checkpoints, wear easily removable shoes, follow the 3-1-1 rule for liquids or gels in their carry-on, and avoid accessories that resemble weapons. More tips and information are available at the TSA website.  
  • Ordering food and beverages is now as safe and easy as click, grab and go with MIA2GO, the airport’s new contactless mobile platform that puts customers in the fly-through lane to quickly browse menus, order and pay before making their pick-up at restaurants throughout the airport.
  • International passengers arriving at MIA will now be screened via Simplified Arrival – CBP’s enhanced process that uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks already required for admission into the U.S. Among the leading U.S. airports for international passengers, MIA is the latest to fully deploy Simplified Arrival.
  • MIA passengers now have a personal travel assistant available around the clock, ready to tell them the fastest checkpoint for their flight and how to get there. Meet the MIA QueueAnalyzer - the latest in passenger flow management technology – available online now for real-time updates on security checkpoint wait times via the airport’s mobile app and website.