Domestic passengers rose by 0.26 percent to 23.2 million, while international traffic grew by 0.82 percent to nearly 21.4 million passengers. MIA continues to be among the world's top 10 hubs for international freight, with 1.9 million tons of international shipments and 287,953 tons of domestic freight.
"MIA's continued growth in 2016, especially in the face of severe challenges to tourism locally and throughout our world region, is very encouraging," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. "I thank the Board of County Commissioners for their continued support of MIA, and MIA's leaders for the work they do to keep our County's top economic engine moving forward."
Adding to MIA's growth were the launches of 10 new entrant airlines: AeroUnion, Dominican Wings; Eurowings; KF Cargo; Northern Air Cargo; Pan American World Airways Dominicana; Scandinavian Airlines; Silver Airways; Surinam Airways; and 21 Air. MIA is now home to 109 carriers, the most of any U.S. airport. MIA also welcomed six new international nonstop routes: Bimini, Bahamas; Cologne, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Norway; Paramaribo, Suriname; and Varadero, Cuba.
"I join our community in being incredibly proud of another record-breaking year at MIA," said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, Chairperson of the County's Economic Development and Tourism Committee. "MDAD continues to be one of our community's strongest economic engines by bolstering tourism and creating local jobs for our residents. I wish the Aviation Department continued success in 2017."
MIA's airline roster will expand further in 2017 with the addition of four more carriers, all of which will serve international destinations. Low-cost Mexican carrier Volaris will fly daily to Mexico City and four times a week to Guadalajara, Mexico, beginning on February 1. Following Volaris three days later will be First Air, which will begin weekly charter service to Mount Hope, Ontario in February 4, on behalf of Celebrity Cruises. Low-cost European carrier WOW Air will begin flying to Reykjavík, Iceland three times a week in April, and Aer Lingus will begin three weekly flights to Dublin, Ireland in September.
"We had a 30-percent decrease from our busiest international market, and we still ended 2016 better than 2015," said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. "With sustained growth by hub carrier American Airlines, more international carriers on the way, and new business opportunities for our cargo airlines, we expect another prosperous year in 2017."
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