MIA On Track To Surpass 50 Million Passengers For The First Time Ever

Traffic continues to surge at Miami International Airport, putting it on track for its best year ever.

The airport is on pace to surpass 50 million annual passengers for the first time in its history, according to an announcement today from Miami-Dade’s Aviation Department.

From January through October 2022, MIA served 42 million passengers, an increase of 10.5% over the same period in 2019.

MIA has been the fastest-growing large U.S. airport in airline seat capacity in 2022 versus 2019, according to Airports Council International-North America.

Since November 2020, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue, and Spirit Airlines have launched service at MIA for the first time ever.

Combined with Frontier Airlines, the four low-cost carriers now handle 12.6% of the seat capacity at MIA and are among MIA’s 10 busiest airlines. Hub carrier American Airlines currently handles 58.9% of MIA’s capacity.

Three bond rating agencies – Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings, and Moody’s Investor Service, all recently recognized the strong performance of the airport an upgraded their ratings of Miami-Dade County’s Aviation Revenue Bonds.

 

 

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Miami Stakeholder
1 month ago

With ridership rising daily, MIA airport needs an extensive renovation pronto to update its “third world” appearance before the World Cup.

Existing terminals should be updated with modern and world class design. Also new terminals can be added, and even a new airport constructed to meet needs.

These changes should all have higher standard interior design requirements than those in prior projects. The airport(a) should be someplace people enjoy spending time in, like Brightline terminal or airports in other countries.

If ridership increases at this rate we will NEED not just want a newly renovated terminals and airport.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Good luck, you will die and be born again and MIA will be the same!

New to Brickell
1 month ago

Actually, it’s an entirely new city in just the year I’ve been fortunate enough to live here. Still has everything I loved about it growing up but now it’s one of the top 3 cities in America and rising in the world.

RenRich
1 month ago

I can’t even believe all the amazing goings on in this city. Miami is becoming Epic for real.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The bulk of World Cup fans are accustomed to worse. Instead of extending Metrorail down to Douglas Road, we might as well use a donkey cart.

Anony
1 month ago

They are. The airport is like in the first few years of a 15 year renovation plan.

Miami Winning
1 month ago

I can’t speak for everyone but I was there this year, saw the opposite of a “renovation” maybe it was a clean up of something even worse, can’t imagine that. Actually I can, it kind of looks like LGA pre renovation. It’s used to be okay being a few years behind NY in terms design, but the new Miami is neck and neck and it’s okay, should be more refined for all the international visitors we get. Our airport is our “Hello/Hola”.

Miami Winning
1 month ago

…In addition to our cruise terminals, but those are already iconic stunners, and more coming!

Anono
1 month ago

How about a partnership with Miami Executive Airport? It has the grounds and space of the current airport, about the same distance to downtown, slightly further? It could be a brand new world class airport for more international business class flights and travel routes.

New Airport Committee
1 month ago

Another option is the huge plot where the Miami Zoo now sits. Maybe the zoo can be moved further south where there is more land or just combine it with Jungle Island.

Brickellite
1 month ago

Does Miami have an aquarium?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Does Miami have palm trees? Asking for my friend in a coma.

Anon
1 month ago

Plenty of palm trees. No aquarium yet, but the perfect city for one. If anyone has some free time and resources people would love it.

Not Anonymous
1 month ago

There is one, but it might as well not exist.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Another option is making Metromover fly, or building something like SkyRise to be configured as a rocket launch pad. MIA can then be replaced with low rise luxury boutique buildings and a World-Class Destination Resort Casino.

Anon
1 month ago

One step at a time jaja. Those are all impossible, or nearly impossible.

Slim Shady
1 month ago

Done!
Great idea!

Archinerd
1 month ago

Piece of cake

Anon
1 month ago

I bet JetBlue would relocate HQ to Miami if we renovate/rebuild. They were seriously considering it recently…

Slim Shady
1 month ago

I’ve been through MIA about 7 times in the last 4 months. Terminal J is great, Terminal D is acceptable. Others are in between.

The Metrorail/Mover getting in is terrible and not worth using because of the stops, transfers, and horrendous amount of stairs, turnstiles, etc.

dn10
1 month ago

The airport needs significant renovations

Anon
1 month ago

It’s really junky. Looks like they sprayed popcorn foam all over the place.

Anon
1 month ago

I know right. I was being gaslit the other day into thinking it was “renovated” recently, but there’s so many other people who saw the same poor conditions as I did.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The arrivals area at MIA is simply inhumane. During busy hours folks wait in the hot congested downstairs area breathing in all the car exhaust from the thousands of cars. Ridesharing drivers aggressively cutting each other off, speeding around each other, almost hitting folks crossing through the walk area lanes. Getting picked up in Departures is the only relief.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Pretty much every major international airport uses the upper/lower deck design. Would you rather wait outside baking in the sun?

Anon
1 month ago

Look at Istanbul airport, never saw a more magnificent, designed open-air airport. They even have secure outside balconies for people to go out for a smoke or get some air, in the lounges. The Madrid airport was amazingly designed with color universal directive paths on how to get one place to the next. They had modern looking playgrounds in the middle for terminals, so kids are running around all over the terminal, just in one confined spot.

RenRich
1 month ago

Can’t leave out the unnecessary honking of horns.

Antennae
1 month ago

MIA needs an Asia link.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You mean East Asian link? MIA already has direct flight to Doha, Dubai, and Tel Aviv which are located in Asia.

Anonymous
1 month ago

We have turkey too. It would be nice to see Beirut added.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I think the new airport in Istanbul it’s on the European side of the city.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Turkish Airlines flies direct to Istanbul too.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s in the Pendik district on the Asia side.

Miami Winning
1 month ago

It maybe in Europe side actually, there’s two airports. Just know it was a bit of drive from Hagia Sofia.

Name
1 month ago

Soon Japan

Anonymous
1 month ago

Once that happens the crown is set

Anonymous
1 month ago

Maybe Asia can help renovate the terminals into something more modern or we can build a new airport together.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You can get Toyo Ito to renovate the MIA, will still look awful if Arquitectonica or Zyscovich are the architect of record. Case in point, SOM “designed” MiamiCentral, yet with Zyscovich on board, the original curvaceous proposal that resembled an elegant cruiseliner ended up watered down into a literal concrete skeleton with three boxes on top.

RenRich
1 month ago

Hopefully, Miami will correct itself. I’m hoping the water downing of all the once great renders will become a thing of the past. Too much potential at this point. The world’s paying attention to Miami. Very loud and clear.

Anon
1 month ago

More Middle East links, it’s closer.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Time to make MIA a world-class airport!

Anonymous
1 month ago

With ridership rising daily, MIA airport needs an extensive renovation to update its outdated and deteriorating appearance before the World Cup.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Existing terminals should be updated with modern and world class design. Also new terminals can be added, and even a new airport constructed to meet needs.
These changes should all have higher standard interior design requirements than those in prior projects.

Name
1 month ago

Would cup ? Who cares ?

Anonymous
1 month ago

The world and US, FL State, and local governments – it’s like hosting the oylmpics.

Nations build entire modern cities within a few years before any event like this – Miami will be completely new and filled in, including the airport in a few years, while preserving the historical elements.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“While preserving the historical elements.” Sadly, that hasn’t been the case for the last fifty years, World Cup, Olympics, or whatever.

RenRich
1 month ago

Pretty much 90% of the World.

Tropics
1 month ago

Just overtake Orlando I’m sick of them having title of Floridas busiest airport.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Do people really care about that…? Anyways Orlando only have one major airport and when flying to Miami you have the viable option of flying into FLL

Anonymous
1 month ago

Exactly!

Tropics
1 month ago

Yes I do

Anonymous
1 month ago

With vehicular traffic between MIA and FLL, it would be faster to take Brightline to Orlando.

Anonymous
1 month ago

that’s only for domestic travel. MIA is busier overall.

Tropics
1 month ago

Busier in passengers for Orlando not take offs and landings

RenRich
1 month ago

MIA is about as international as it gets.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Any other day, and you’ll probably be the one complaining about congestion at MIA and would rather take Brightline to MCO to avoid it.

anonymous
1 month ago

The worst managed airport in Florida. What an embarrassment to the tax payers. The moving sidewalks are always broken down. The escalators are in disrepair . The elevators in the parking lots don’t work half the time. This is the first impression visitors get when they arrive into Miami. The immigrations area in terminal D is over capacity and the post Customs security lines in terminal D are unbearable. I don’t think MIA can handle any more international flights from AA. People are missing their connections because terminal D can’t handle the amount of passengers trying to clear security and make their connecting flight. I feel sorry for people trying to connect thru MIA on AA.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Maybe terminal D is the biggest issue. After my experience there for AA via British, I’ll never fly out of that airport again (at least not until it’s updated).

I’d maybe go to FTL or PBI in the future if Miami doesn’t update this in next five year. With all the new high rises going up I think the new revenue could help fund this in part.

Lord Humongous
1 month ago

Need 3-5 more terminals and if land isn’t avail make them a couple miles west /northwest and connect w a tunnel loop. EV+ autopilot in a controlled environment like a tunnel = train/tram without the cost of track.

Rob - Mia
1 month ago

Central Terminal needs to be renovated asap. It’s embarrassing when Southwest, Frontier and Spirit customers first impression is the central terminal with the looks of a third world airport.

Pablo
1 month ago

They need to figure out how to lessen the traffic load at North terminal (D). It’s a bottle neck meanwhile the central terminal is almost a ghost town.

Anon
1 month ago

Sure, Musk.

Miami Boy
1 month ago

Please keep in mind MIA was first built in 1928. Any other “amazing” airport you guys keep on comparing to is nuch more recent and usually much further away from city center which is way they can just build outward new terminals. Someone mentioned Istanbul airport but this one was delivered in 2018 so yes it is normal its would look a lot nicer. Remember that a major redesign would literally make travelers life miserable for years on end (ever been in laguardia airport recently?!?). Hopefully LGA will end up looking great …

Anon
1 month ago

I’ve seen pictures of LGA. It’s already gorgeous. They finished in a few years. I’d deal with a few years of inconvenience in exchange for a world class that would serve the rest of our lifetime and maybe generations to come.

Also there are other large plats around Miami where a new airport like the 2018 Istanbul airport can be built. The MIA airport is exceptionally close to downtown, about 15 minutes or so, but people drive over an hour to get from Manhattan to JFK.

Not suggesting that far but we can still build a spectacular airport further from the center, one can be close and the new one can be world class .

Vincent
1 month ago

They need to tear down all the terminals and rebuild from scratch. An infield terminal design a la ATL or DEN would make the most sense.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You would have to redo the entire airport, including the runways. Also, ATL is a far more miserable airport.

Vincent
1 month ago

No, keep the crosswind runway and just rebuild in between the parallel runways.

RenRich
1 month ago

ATL is a truly busy domestic stop. MIA is definitely a busy international stop. Both could use a little work.

Anonymous
1 month ago

How about add a new airport nearby there. They don’t even need to connect.

Anonymous
1 month ago

There could be an “aerodistrict” in between them with hotels.

Anonymous
1 month ago

And a Disney style Tran that goes through the hotels! Like the Contemporary in Disney, which surprisingly still looks contemporary.

Miami Stakeholder
1 month ago

What kind of Airport is Istanbul Airport?

I strongly recommend this for Miami – please see links below (especially first one). Tt blew me away, and I want to go back just for the airport. Known as “the aviation gem of turkey” or “the airport of the future,” with a capacity of 200 million passengers.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3454349/The-airport-future-Istanbul-s-gigantic-new-hub-six-runways-world-s-biggest-duty-free-shop-capacity-200-MILLION-passengers.html

https://www.istairport.com/en?locale=en

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Istanbul_Airport

Pablo
1 month ago

I second this. I travel through it all the time for work. It’s unbelievable.

Atlanta native
1 month ago

Sorry. But ATL is large, but definitely not world class.

Sam
1 month ago

It’s still Orlando Int’l no 1 in passages traffic ?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Orlando is #1 in mouse scat.

Land Reclamation
1 month ago

Make a new airport on reclaimed land off the coast of coconut grove in the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay

Anonymous
1 month ago

Build a SpaceX launch facility in North Bay Village.