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MIA unprecedented Miami International Airport (MIA) soared to unprecedented heights in 2023, marking a historic year of accomplishments in passenger and cargo traffic, as well as substantial investments in maintenance and capital improvements.

Audited reports recently released confirm that MIA achieved its highest-ever annual passenger total, handling 52.3 million travelers in 2023, for an impressive 3.2% increase over the previous year's record. Notably, international travel experienced an exceptional 8.5% surge, reaching 23.2 million passengers, while domestic traffic, though slightly down by half a percent, still accounted for 29.1 million travelers.

The stellar performance in passenger numbers was primarily fueled by American Airlines, MIA's hub carrier, which contributed significantly by serving 31.4 million passengers in 2023. American Airlines also demonstrated its commitment to MIA's growth by increasing its year-over-year seat capacity by 10% during the winter 2023 schedule, resulting in a record-breaking 380 peak-day flights.

In addition to the record-setting achievements in passenger traffic, MIA welcomed service launches by notable carriers such as Volaris El Salvador, Norse Atlantic Airways, and Porter Airlines, expanding its portfolio to an impressive 96 passenger and cargo airlines - the highest among all U.S. airports.

Cargo operations at MIA also reached new heights in 2023, registering a 1% growth to achieve a record-breaking 2.78 million tons. This accomplishment was driven by 2.2 million tons of international cargo and 548,976 tons of domestic shipments. Additionally, 2023 marked the third consecutive year that MIA handled more than 2.7 million tons of cargo.

Amidst the passenger milestones, MIA also received historic investments in its infrastructure and maintenance needs throughout 2023 from an unprecedented $7-billion Capital Improvement Program and a $1.7-billion maintenance modernization plan. Mayor Levine Cava's Future-Ready initiative guided the implementation of the Modernization in Action (M.I.A.) Plan last year, outlining critical investment areas and ensuring transparency with the public.

"The enduring success of MIA as a global gateway and Miami's status as a premier tourism destination shines through in our remarkable achievement of a second consecutive record-breaking year. The significant investments in infrastructure and maintenance in 2023 reflect MIA's commitment to staying at the forefront. My heartfelt congratulations and gratitude extend to our valued airport partners and the tireless MIA workforce. Together, they have propelled our county's largest economic engine to new heights in 2023, making this achievement a testament to collective dedication and excellence." Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.

"As MIA continues to set new benchmarks, the airport remains dedicated to providing unparalleled services, connectivity, and economic contributions to the region. The collaboration between MIA, our airline partners, and the workforce ensures a bright future for MIA as a premier global gateway." Ralph Cutié, MIA Director and CEO.

Looking ahead to 2024, MIA anticipates continued passenger growth with American Airlines launching new routes to Governor’s Harbour, Bahamas, and Ocho Rios, Jamaica, among others. Additionally, foreign-flag low-cost airlines Condor Airlines, LEVEL, and Viva Aerobus are set to make their debuts at MIA, further enhancing the airport's global connectivity. In April, the airport is set to welcome its 40th all-cargo carrier, China Cargo Airlines, further strengthening its position as a key player in global air cargo.

Capital investments and maintenance upgrades at MIA this year are set to elevate the airport's infrastructure and enhance the overall traveler experience. Noteworthy initiatives include the groundbreaking this month for a state-of-the-art $136 million parking garage, boasting 2,200 spaces to substantially augment parking accessibility for both travelers and employees; a comprehensive overhaul to replace all airline ticket counters between concourses F and H; integrating cutting-edge biometric boarding technology at all 60 gates in Concourse D; the modernization of 38 elevators, escalators, and moving walkways; and the revamping of 30 bathrooms and 10 passenger boarding bridges across the entire airport.

These strategic investments underscore MIA's commitment to providing a seamless, technologically advanced, and aesthetically pleasing environment for all its patrons, ensuring that the airport remains at the forefront of modern travel facilitation.

Miami International Airport, America’s busiest airport for international freight and the second busiest for international passengers, is receiving an unprecedented investment of $7 billion in capital improvements and $1.7 billion in maintenance upgrades. MIA offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport and is also the leading economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of $31.9 billion and approximately 60 percent of all international visitors to Florida annually.

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