Miami International Airport (MIA) sets a new record with 2020 cargo volumes reaching 2.32 million tonnes – 57,382 more tonnes than its total in 2019.
MIA finished the year exceptionally strong with an average of 210,000 tonnes in October, November and December, making them the airport’s busiest months ever. MIA also ended 2020 with a record 59,000 cargo-only flights, which was nearly 8,000 more flights than in 2019.
Congratulating the MIA cargo community on reaching this milestone Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava noted the fact that this growth occurred during the pandemic is even more significant. “As our local economic rebound progresses, we are fortunate to have a leading passenger and cargo hub like MIA that is thriving during these unprecedented times,” she says.
As the busiest US airport for international freight and perishable products, MIA continued to be a global hub for essential supplies and e-commerce throughout the pandemic.
MIA notes it is also uniquely prepared to be a leading air cargo hub for the COVID-19 vaccines, thanks to years of experience as the first airport in the Western Hemisphere and only the second in the world to be designated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as a pharmaceutical freight hub in 2015.
“Our record-setting year would not have been possible without the strong partnership we share with each and every airline, federal agency and logistics provider that adapted and maintained their services throughout the pandemic,” says Lester Sola, MIA dDirector and CEO.
“We are deeply grateful for their ongoing support and look forward to reaching even greater heights together in 2021, as we facilitate more essential trade and commerce across our region and the globe.”