Miami sees small cargo rise

LAN Airline Boeing 787 at Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport (MIA) has seen total cargo volumes increase by 0.3 per cent to 2.2 million tonnes in 2015 with domestic rising and international seeing a slight dip.

Freight at Miami fell marginally in 2015 to 2.1 million tonnes while mail increased by 29 per cent to 38,100 tonnes. Total domestic cargo, which covers freight, express and mail, rose by 2.7 per cent in 2015 to 280,976 tonnes with mail up 43.8 per cent to 24,085 tonnes while freight stagnated at 256,891 tonnes. International cargo dipped slightly to 1.9 million tonnes, with freight falling marginally to 1.9 million tonnes and mail rising by 9.7 per cent to 14,015 tonnes.

Miami-Dade county mayor, Carlos Gimenez says: “I cannot say enough about how pleased I am with the growth at MIA in 2015. In addition to being our county’s top economic engine and one of Florida’s most valued assets, MIA is fast-becoming one of the busiest airports in the nation and in the world.”

In 2015, Miami welcomed a number of new airlines including Turkish Airlines and Austrian Airlines, British Airways and Air France both started using Airbus A380s. Other airlines including airberlin, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, SWISS International Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and WestJet increased services.

Miami-Dade Aviation director, Emilio Gonzalez says: “With the most airlines of any US airport, and the continued expansion of hub carrier American Airlines and other existing carriers, MIA is poised to reach greater heights in 2016.”