Miami International Airport Starts 2019 With Record Breaking Quarter, But Lines Are Also Growing

The first quarter of 2019 was the best ever for Miami International Airport, with passenger numbers up big over last year.

During the January through March period, traffic was up 5%, with 583,073 more passengers than the same period in 2018. The growth during the period includes 306,421 additional (+5.5 percent) international passengers and 276,652 additional (+4.6 percent) domestic passengers compared to the same period last year.

Growth is expected to continue even further during the second quarter, thanks to the launch of four new international routes: Norwegian’s daily flights to London Gatwick Airport on April 1; Royal Air Maroc’s three weekly flights to Casablanca on April 3; LOT Polish Airlines’ four weekly flights to Warsaw on June 1; and Corsair’s four weekly flights to Paris Orly Airport on June 10.

The airport’s passenger count already broke a new record in 2018, surpassing 45 million passengers during the year for the first time – an increase of over 1 million passengers from the prior year.

MIA appears to be struggling to keep up with the growth, however.

At the congested American Airlines North Terminal, security lines snaking through the check in area are an almost daily occurrence now.

Ben Schlappig, who owns the popular One Mile At A Time travel blog, called MIA’s security lines mismanaged and “among the worst in the country” in a Twitter post this morning. Schlappig, who flies 400,000 miles a year, recently relocated his home base to Miami.

 

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Anonymous16546756
1 year ago

Can we just start renovations?!

Anonymous1
1 year ago

Can we just start renovating the airport like thats how we need to move.

Anonymous
1 year ago

We have two of the top 20 busiest airports in the u.s between MIA and FLL with 80 million passengers that’s pretty substantial

Anonymous
1 year ago

The existing MIA Master Plan is 10 years out of date, and a mish-mash of completed and dead-end work. MIA airport needs to develop a comprehensive Master Plan, with real strategic expansion, not some $17million pedestrian bridge for decrepit 50 year old terminals.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Everything in Miami is the worst managed… part of living here…..

Anon
1 year ago

don’t down vote. it’s 100% true, and as frustrating as it is, i wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

Anonymous
1 year ago

3rd world

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’ve seen way worse. I like in Tallahassee for school. Stop taking Miami for granted

Anonymous
1 year ago

TSA pre-check is worth it at MIA.

M.B.
1 year ago

Well, we can thank Congress and White House for cutting corners and slashing DHS budgets over the years, specifically TSA which directly impact staffing at the airports.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Can you imagine a combined MIA and FLL around the county line pulling in 80 plus million passengers a year that’s not chump change and won’t happen but nice to envision a DFW type set up in Miami

Anonymous
1 year ago

These lines are stressful

Anonymous
1 year ago

MIA is the biggest Sh*thole airport I’ve ever encountered. Full disclosure: I’ve been around the world, I, I,I … I can’t find my baby.

Anonymous
1 year ago

It might be time to build a second airport or one really large new airport.

POLO
1 year ago

There is no place to put a second airport. They need to speed up the rebuild of the central terminal as soon as possible.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Right, rebuild the Central Terminal within the same space restraints and won’t last a fraction of how long the current has anyway. Oh, but the ceiling is higher!

Another waste of money like LGA.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The Miami “in your dreams never going to get built” mall would have been a good location. Or expand the Kendall/Tamiami airport.

Paul
1 year ago

Shanghai to PVG is just shy of the distance from Miami to Homestead General Aviation, and the train in Shanghai only takes 8 minutes. While it’s not in the cards now, Miami-Dade should use eminent domain to secure enough land around the Homestead airport to eventually build a third airport in the region. This is especially critical when you consider the significant and enduring population growth happening in South Dade.