Qatar Airways MIA Traffic Drops 7% After Emirates Starts FLL Service

How did the new Emirates flight at FLL affect Qatar Airways at MIA?

In January – the first full month of operations for Emirates at FLL, Qatar Airways saw a 7% drop in passengers at MIA compared to January 2016 (although load factors were still relatively high). Qatar’s cargo carry was down about 3 percent.

FLL has not yet released statistics for January. In December, Emirates outbound loads to Dubai were close to 100% – helped by promotional offers on the new flights, while inbound from Dubai loads were below 60 percent (Emirates first flight was on December 15).

Emirates has also quickly became the third biggest cargo carrier at FLL, behind only Fedex and UPS.

MIA and Qatar have since worked to add dedicated cargo flights in an attempt to beat back Emirates. The new flight were inaugurated last month.

According to a source, Emirates never even requested a walk through of MIA’s terminals before announcing FLL Service. The choice of airport was said to be motivated in part by bad blood between Emirates and American Airlines.