Dubai’s Emirates launched passenger flights to Miami International Airport last year, and is already matching the passenger count of Qatar Airways.
According to statistics newly released by the airport, a total of 15,904 passengers flew to or from MIA on Emirates in July. Qatar Airways carried 16,396 passengers in the same period.
Emirates actually surpassed Qatar by arriving passenger count for the month, with 9,091 arrivals at MIA, compared to Qatar’s 8,749.
Emirates also carried significantly more cargo to MIA than Qatar in July, measured by weight.
July was the first month that Emirates served MIA daily.
Emirates first launched passenger service to MIA in July 2021. Until June, flights operated either five or three times weekly (Emirates is reducing service again to five weekly in September, before resuming daily service in October).
Qatar launched service to MIA in 2014, giving it a seven year head start on Emirates at the airport.
Emirates flies a Boeing 77W daily to MIA, while Qatar also operates daily with an Airbus A359.
An Emirates 77W being moved from its parked position next to the South Terminal at MIA in July: