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Miami Airport smashes 40m barrier

Miami Airport smashes 40m barrier
2 Jan 2014

Miami International Airport (MIA) has announced it set a new record for passenger numbers in 2013, as it broke through the 40m mark for the first time in its 85-year history. 

The landmark moment was achieved on 27 December, with four days to spare, marking an increase in traffic of 12% since the airport set a new record for passenger numbers of 35.7m in 2010. 

The record-breaking total for 2013 was given a huge boost in December, when more than 3.1m passengers passed through, including a new single-day record of 139,940 on 21 December.

'This is a proud moment for MIA and the men and women who keep this airport going 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,' commented Miami-Dade aviation director Emilio T Gonzalez. 

'Hitting the 40 million mark - with half of that total being international passengers - speaks to MIA’s staying power as one of the top international hubs in the world.'

To put 40m passengers into context, the population of Argentina is only 41m. However, Miami International is far from the world's busiest airport. 

That title goes to fellow US airport Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International, which handles an incredible 95.5m travellers a year. In second is Beijing Capital International, with 82m, while third spot goes to London Heathrow, with 70m, although the British hub is the busiest when only international passengers are taken into account. 

Based on last year's figures, Miami's new total will put it around 25th place in the world, alongside Phoenix Sky Harbour and George Bush International. 

These numbers, however, will pale into comparison if the new Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central achieves its target of handling 160m passengers per year using five runways - three more than are currently operated at Heathrow.

Heathrow is hoping to add a third runway, but this is dependent on a government decision due sometime in 2015 following the publication of the Airports Commission's report.ADNFCR-408-ID-801677937-ADNFCR

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