Record breaking cargo year for Miami International Airport
Miami International Airport (MIA) handled a record 2.32 million tons of cargo in 2020 – 57,382 more than in the previous year.
The Florida gateway finished the year exceptionally strong with an average of 210,000 tons in October, November and December, making them the airport’s busiest ever months for cargo volumes.
MIA also ended 2020 with a record 59,000 cargo-only flights, which was nearly 8,000 more flights than in 2019.
“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,” said MIA’s director and CEO, Lester Sola.
“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.”
The airport noted that as the busiest US airport for international freight and perishable products, it continued to be a global hub for essential supplies and e-commerce throughout the pandemic.
MIA was 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 IATA as a pharmaceutical freight hub in 2015.
Miami-Dade County Mayor, Daniella Levine Cava, said: “Miami-Dade County’s largest economic engine continues to generate more business revenue and job creation for our residents.
“The fact that this growth occurred during the pandemic is even more encouraging. 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.”