US' Miami International Airport (MIA) reported (17-Jan-2013) a new record annual passenger numbers and cargo traffic in 2012 with 39.5 million passengers and 2.1 million tons of cargo, up 3.0% and 4.6% year-on-year, respectively. Passenger traffic was driven by international traffic with a 5.2% increase to 19.4 million while domestic passengers increased 1% to 20.1 million. The airport said its passenger traffic benefitted from hub carrier American Airlines beginning in Nov-2012 its largest schedule ever at the airport with 328 daily flights and expanded service to 38 cities. MIA also added five new carriers in 2012: LAN Colombia's four times weekly service from Bogota; Interjet's daily service from Mexico City; Antilles Express' daily service from Curacao; Aeroflot's three times weekly service from Moscow; and GOL's weekly charter service from Sao Paulo in Jul-2012 that expanded to daily service in Dec-2012. [more - original PR]
Miami International Airport reports record annual pa and cargo in 2012
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