Miami International Airport has seen cargo volumes rise by 2.8 per cent to 2.2 million tonnes in 2014, making up for slow growth in 2013.
The 2014 figures continue the rise since volumes slumped by 13.8 per cent in 2009 to 1.7 million tonnes, because of the global financial crisis. In 2010, volumes bounced back by 17.9 per cent to two million tonnes. Volumes rose by 0.3 per cent in 2011, staying at two million tonnes before increasing by 4.8 per cent to 2.1 million tonnes. The rise in 2013 was smaller, increasing by 0.8 per cent to 2.1 million tonnes.
Miami-Dade aviation director, Emilio Gonzalez, says: “More important than the records is the fact that this growth translates into new jobs and economic growth in our community, as well as new connections that further strengthen Miami’s (US) position as one of the nation’s top global gateways.” In 2014 international cargo increased by 3.5 per cent to 1.9 million tonnes though domestic cargo fell 2.3 per cent to 273,642 tonnes.
International freight saw the biggest increase in 2014, of 3.8 per cent to 1.9 million tonnes while international mail fell by 25 per cent to 12,770 tonnes. Domestic freight fell by 0.4 per cent to 256,897 tonnes while domestic mail dropped by 25 per cent to 29,514 tonnes. In December, total cargo rose by 4.4 per cent year-on-year to 203,103 tonnes. Freight in December rose by 4.6 per cent to 199,917 tonnes, while mail fell by 4.9 per cent to 3,186 tonnes.
International cargo increased by 4.8 per cent to 177,561 tonnes with freight rising by 4.7 per cent to 176,143 tonnes and mail was up by six per cent to 1,417 tonnes. Domestic cargo was up by 2.3 per cent in December to 25,543 tonnes. Domestic freight was up by 3.6 per cent to 23,774 tonnes, while mail was down by 12.2 per cent to 1,769 tonnes. Miami’s route network increased in 2014, includingQatar Airways services to Hamad International Airport in June. Finnair added flights to Helsinki in December while Lufthansastarted Munich (Germany) to Miami services in the same month.
In November, Western Global Airlines started four times a week services from Miami to Latin America using a Boeing MD-11 Freighter.