It was the fifth consecutive record-breaking year at the Florida gateway, which also set a record for cargo in 2014 with 2.2 million tonnes of goods moving through the airport up 55,000 tonnes over 2013 and the third consecutive year of growth in that metric.
This record-breaking performance was accomplished despite political and economic instability in key overseas markets, and Miami-Dade County Mayor, Carlos A. Gimenez, says: “MIA’s continued growth as our county’s top economic engine is welcome news to our community.
“I applaud and appreciate the hard work of our aviation department professionals who keep our airport climbing to new heights 24-hours a day, seven days a week, all year.”
Despite challenges in top foreign markets, a total of eight new international destinations were added to Miami’s growing route network last year.
TAM Airlines added service to Belém and Fortaleza, Brazil, while MIA hub carrier American Airlines launched service to Campinas, Brazil and Cap-Haïtien, Haiti.
European carrier Jetairfly launched new scheduled service to Brussels, Belgium, and Lufthansa and Finnair added seasonal service to Munich, Germany and Helsinki, Finland, respectively.
The year was highlighted by Qatar Airways’ entry to the Miami market with scheduled service to Doha, Qatar - Florida’s only direct connection to the Middle East.
Miami also attracted eight new airlines in 2014, propelling it to now be the only US airport serving 100 air carriers and putting it ahead of other major hubs such as Chicago O’Hare International Airport, New York’s JFK International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.
Miami-Dade aviation director, Emilio T. González, says: “MIA once again continues its upward trend in both passenger and cargo traffic.
“More important than the records is the fact that this growth translates to new jobs and economic growth in our community, as well as new connections that further strengthen Miami’s position as one of the nation’s top global gateways.”