â€œCongratulations to the leadership at MIA for continuing to set new records and reach new milestones,â€ said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. â€œIt is extremely rewarding to see MIA surpass national projections during the holidays and serve a growing number of visitors to our community. As the top gateway and economic engine for Miami-Dade County, this is fantastic news.â€
MIA averaged nearly 126,000 passengers during the 17-day period, far exceeding its typical weekday average of 105,000 and its weekend day average of 113,000. MIA set a new single-day passenger record of 139,941 on December 21, only to break that record two weeks later with 144,192 passengers on January 4. The strong holiday travel numbers helped MIA reach a new milestone of 40 million annual passengers on December 27.
â€œMIAâ€™s record-setting holiday travel performance is further testament to our strength as a global gateway and a premier international destination,â€ said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. Gonzalez. â€œWhile domestic air travel was challenged by bad weather across the U.S., MIAâ€™s international traffic to and from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe continues to boost our overall growth to the point that we may be the only U.S. airport with an exact 50-percent split between international and domestic passengers when final 2013 tallies are reported.â€