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MIA International Traffic Sees Healthy Growth  
User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33178 posts, RR: 71
Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2088 times:

While traffic is not expected to fully rebound until 2007, traffic at MIA is on the upswing...

Here's the article...
http://www.miamitodaynews.com/news/040813/story5.shtml
(and, yes, somebody need to tell the author that LaGuardia is not in LA)

Despite the loss of the Iberia hub, United's international flights, and KLM, things are still looking bright at MIA internationally...

-Finnair has decided to make it's seasonal Helsinki service permanent. It was introduced last year a temporary service to make use of planes sitting idle to the SARS outbreak and decrease in Asian demand. This year they will also be opearting a third frequency on Mondays.
-Lufthansa service to Munich resumes in November.
-British Airways is adding a third frequency in November to Heathrow, operating Mondays and Saturdays with a 747-400.
-Air France is adding three extra flights a week in November, operating Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, with a 747-400.
-American Airlines is launching five new non-stop international destinations: Bermuda, Manchester, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, and Montevideo. All five are brand-new destinations from Miami. And more are coming...
-American Airlines now also offers increased non-stop service to Grand Cayman, Montego Bay, Punta Cana, Kingston, San Jose, San Pedro Sula, Cancun, and San Salvador.
-Varig resumed non-stop service to Rio de Janeiro last month.
-American Airlines now offers three daily flights to Sao Paulo and will offer three daily flights to Buenos Aires in 2005.
-Martinair Holland is increasing Amsterdam service to daily and is increasing San Jose service to daily. San Jose service will be operated by Miami Air 737-800s which is expected to be painted in full Martinair Holland colours
-LTU added a second weekly to Dusseldorf and a weekly flight to Munich last May. They are both year-round.
-Two European charter carriers, MyTravel and Eurofly, now offer MIA service to Oslo and Milan, respectively
-Alitalia once again offers 777-200ER service on their daily Milan service starting on Halloween.
-El Al Israel Airlines offers 747-400 service to Tel Aviv (via Newark) during the busy summer season.
-Grupo TACA is increasing service to Guatemala this October. In total, they will operate 58 flights a week to seven Central American cities, non-stop.
-TAM doubled service to Sao Paulo this past May with a new second-daily flight and also added a Sunday non-stop flight to Salvador da Bahia.
-LAB now offers year-round Sunday non-stop flights to Cochabamba, Bolivia.
-Dutch Caribbean added new non-stop service to Santo Domingo and Aruba this past June.
-AeroMexico resumed non-stop service to Cancun last May.
-LanChile increased non-stop service to Santiago de Chile last May.
-LanPeru has increased non-stop service to Lima as of this week.
-In November, Aviacsa will celebrate a year of successful service between Miami and Monterrey, Mexico.
-Pending the expected raising of Argentina's category rating to Category 1, both Southern Winds Lineas Areas and Aerolineas Aregentinas plan to increase Buenos Aires service to daily. They cannot do that right now because Argentina is Category 2.
-Santa Barbara started double-daily service to Caracas this past July. They are the fourth airline on this very busy route.

So, despite the losses, it's been a good year. The new services by other carriers well help makes up for the cuts by United, Iberia, and KLM. And, the future looks bright too. American Airlines is ever expanding MIA service, especially internationally. On the agenda for potential 2005 start ups include Antigua, Asuncion, Grenada, Cozumel, and Valencia, just to name the five most commonly rumoured. Mexicana is expected to beef up MIA service thanks to their new AA codeshare partnership, and Aer Lingus and Kenya Airways hope to join the list of airlines joining MIA next year, both currently unable to serve MIA (EI because the US/Ireland bilatteral does not allow it and KQ because Kenya is not category one). Two other airlines hopefully joining us next year are AeroSur of Bolivia and AeroRepublic of Colombia.

Also, contruction on Concourse J has been running on schedule (things running on schedule are rare here in Miami). Expected to open in time for the winter 2006 timetable, it will feature 14 international gates and will be used exclusively by Star Alliance airlines. It's a one of a kind terminal because all operations for all airlines will be handled as one...from check-in to ground handling to the club lounge...everything will be under one umbrella.

Over on the oneWorld side, Concourse C will be closing down forever this fall, and Concourse B will shutdown later in 2005. They will makeway for the mile-long Concourse D. It will be very hectic, as gate space will be very tight for a while, but it will be worth it in the end.

(edited to add Santa Barbra, thanks for the correction, Luisde8cd)






[Edited 2004-08-12 04:30:09]


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User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2575 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2011 times:

Don't forget Santa Barbara's new service to MIA from CCS. 2x daily with their new B752  Smile


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User currently offlineKim777fan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 510 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1995 times:

Very good news indeed. A wonderful, vibrant, international city like Miami really needs to have an airport that matches vitality and spirit of the people who live there. A run-down airport will do that city absolutely no justice.

LAX is another airport in a great city that could use some sprucing up.


User currently offlinePadcrasher From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

Almost all major airports can boast growth this year.

MIA's YTD growth in passenger boardings has lagged every larger airport in the World with the exception of PHX. IMO they are treading water. They've gone from #19 in the World to #21 in passenger boardings. The expansion of Skyteam w/NW/KL/CO, the growth of ATL/IAH as Latin gateways, USairs Caribbean expansion, Jetblue into SJU/SDQ, FLL low fares, have not helped.
It's a tough road for MIA.


User currently offlineKim777fan From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 510 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1981 times:

"They've gone from #19 in the World to #21 in passenger boardings."

Maybe that's true, but when we're talking about International Travelers, MIA is still among the havy hitters. MIA was just the Nation's 14th largest airport last year in terms of total passenger volume, but it ranked 3rd behind only JFK and LAX for International Travelers.

MIA needs some fixing up, but I see no reason why it can not return to a position of prominence. After all, IAH and ATL are not end destinations for thousands of Latin American travelers, but Miami is.


User currently offlineDB777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 885 posts, RR: 43
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1972 times:
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One can only imagine how many pax and flights MIA would have now if it weren't for all kinds of international service starting up from numerous other airports throughout the USA. This reminds me of JFK losing a tremendous amount of traffic when other US airports were finally given international route authorities. It's a shame that MIA has such a bad reputation as a connecting airport because there are surely lots of folks going out of their way to avoid a connection at MIA as it stands now. If the airport and AA ever get the new Concourse D done at MIA that will help improve the reputation for both MIA and AA.

Mark, you said "American Airlines is launching five new non-stop international destinations: Bermuda, Manchester, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, and Montevideo. All five are brand-new destinations from Miami" in your original post. Perhaps you meant that all five are brand-new destinations for AA from Miami, and not other carriers? Air Florida used to serve Manchester from MIA as I recall, and didn't Pan Am serve St. Kitts and St. Lucia from MIA? I don't have time to look it up but I seem to recall those previous services and perhaps a carrier offered Montevideo service also. Bermuda is definitely new for the airport.








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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33178 posts, RR: 71
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1942 times:

Almost all major airports can boast growth this year.


This has to do with healthy interantional growth. International traffic is MIA's forte, and only two other US airports - JFK and LAX - can match MIA's international traffic levels. FLL already has the crown as the local domestic airport of choice, and that isn't changing for now (though FLL is going to have major capacity issues in a few years if they don't get things done soon. The unfortunate thing is that Broward County is the type of place that can get things done fast, efficiently, on budge, and smoothly, but the local residents are pulling out all the stops to stop FLL expansion).

the growth of ATL/IAH as Latin gateways

As Delta and Continetal have shown, they can only go so far using Atlanta and Houston as Latin American gateways (outside of Mexico), because there are only so many markets they can support. ATL-MVD? IAH-VLN? Six daily IAH-GRU? Not happening.

And there have been failied attempts at CO to fly to Santiago de Chile, Santa Cruz, and non-stop to Rio de Janeiro, while Delta wasn't able to make Rio de Janeiro work, nor Buenos Aires the first time around (though, to Delta's credit, ATL-EZE was launched at the wrong time, which is why it is being relaunched in the winter). There are a handful of markets DL and CO can still make work (IAH-MDE, for example), but the possibilites for AA to expand at MIA are far greater. MIA is still seeing more Latin American traffic than all other US airports combined. T

Would MIA have more service to Latin America if other gateways haven't opened? Of course, but MIA's position as the dominant Latin American gateway isn't in danger. Same case at LAX and JFK...they would have way more service to Asia and Europe, respectively, today if other Asian and European gateway did not open.

USairs Caribbean expansion

US Airways Caribbean expansion has benefited MIA greatly. In the late 90s, when AA was the only US carrier with a Caribbean presence, they pulled out of many MIA-Caribbean markets in favour of flying people through SJU, because they didn't have to worry about compieition. Thanks to US Airways Caribbean presence, they have realized they need to build that up again. Thanks to US Airways, we have MIA-SKB and MIA-UVF starting this fall and MIA-BDA in March (competitive response to their very popular FLL-BDA). Thanks to US Airways, MIA-GND and MIA-ANU are likely returning in 2005. Thanks to US Airways, they are expanding their Southeast coast network out of MIA because they don't want to be at a competitive disadvantage with US Airways who can offer one-stop service via CLT to pretty much every major Southeastern city.

Jetblue into SJU/SDQ,

Since jetBlue does not fly MIA/FLL-SDQ/SJU, that has not affected MIA in anyway whatsoever.

If the airport and AA ever get the new Concourse D done at MIA that will help improve the reputation for both MIA and AA.

Definitley, by far. The major problem is that the major headaches caused by the closure of Concourse C and, later, B, will not be fun. Though it is all in the name of progress...

Air Florida used to serve Manchester from MIA as I recall, and didn't Pan Am serve St. Kitts and St. Lucia from MIA? I don't have time to look it up but I seem to recall those previous services and perhaps a carrier offered Montevideo service also. Bermuda is definitely new for the airport.


By new I meant not currently served, but, yes, that is true. Air Florida flew MIA-MAN, IIRC (not 100% positive), and so did Laker Airways II. I don't know if Pan Am flew MIA-SKB/UVF, but AA did fly MIA-UVF in the late 1990s. No carrier has ever offered MIA-MVD service non-stop, to my knowledge. MIA has been served by Uruguayan carriers in the past, but with stops in a third country.









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User currently offlinePadcrasher From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1922 times:

Well International traffic growth is up 7.5% YTD at MIA. That's kinda mediocre compared with other hubs. ie ATL (13.75%). Still MIA is the King of Latin America. But long term demographics have Latin trade/Latin tourism spreading out not concentrating in MIA. Other LA hubs will continue to grow at a faster rate.

User currently offlineRCS763av From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4395 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1913 times:

MAH4546: Its AeroRepublica not aerorepublic (spanish speakers down here!)  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineRCS763av From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4395 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1911 times:

AV always increases frecuency from 1 daily 767-200ER, to a second daily 757-200 in the summer. Sometimes also in December.

User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33178 posts, RR: 71
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1909 times:

MAH4546: Its AeroRepublica not aerorepublic (spanish speakers down here!)

Claro! I knew that, stupid typo error.

AV always increases frecuency from 1 daily 767-200ER, to a second daily 757-200 in the summer. Sometimes also in December.


Yes, that's true. They also increase MIA-CTG service to daily during the summer.



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User currently offlineJoFMO From Germany, joined Jul 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1902 times:

Can anybody give me a side which offers appropriate information about the expansion projects in MIA. There homepage doesn't have good information, maybe I even only can't find them.

User currently offlineMiaskies From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1915 times:

You can't compare hubs like ATL and other when it comes to Latin America travel, MIA is it for Latin American Travel.

So for the all the Miami haters...as evident in the post, get over it!  Wink/being sarcasticThis post is a positive post giving information about MIA, not comparing it nor saying its better than other hubs.


I think it's great that we are seeing growth even with all the inconveniences of construction etc...that says alot about MIA. Airlines are willing to see "pass the mess" and look towards the future.

Hopefully we will see AA do MIA-FCO or MIA-BRU in the future. Also the long awaited, Aer Lingus connection to Ireland... Wink/being sarcastic

Hmmm...I could even see some ASIA service in the near future ...ANA, EVA....So many SUPER LR planes coming out..you never know.



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User currently offlinePadcrasher From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1898 times:

Well maybe we're defining success a different way. You seem to measure it by growth of destinations. I was thinking more in terms of passenger boardings. The data from MIA's own website shows MIA's Intl growth has sputtered over the last 5 years.

You'd be hard pressed to covince someone that USair's Caribbean growth has been good for MIA. Yes maybe it did spur AA to start some direct service to protect market share. But all in all USair has taken some of AA's business that in the past flew via MIA.

Also AA spilled NYC-Caribbean traffic over MIA. Jetblue has cut alot of that out. Plenty of ASMs now between NYC and San Juan/Dominican Republic.
So I do believe MIA has seen a drop off from NYC passengers.

I can remember a time not long ago when DL/CO combined Latin America boardings were about 30% of AA's. Now they are about 50% and growing. Yes MIA will be larger for many many years but OAL's Latin growth is going to occur at a faster rate. We had this same conversation about 4 years ago and nothing has changed.


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33178 posts, RR: 71
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1875 times:

Well maybe we're defining success a different way. You seem to measure it by growth of destinations. I was thinking more in terms of passenger boardings.


Growth has slowed, yes, and, after 9.11, there was no growth, that is clear. Though that was the past. The future still shows growth, and no signs of MIA losing its dominant position as the Caribbean/LatAm gateway. The growth will be at a slower rate than in the past, and slower than other gateways, but other airports aren't going to catch up.

Also AA spilled NYC-Caribbean traffic over MIA. Jetblue has cut alot of that out. Plenty of ASMs now between NYC and San Juan/Dominican Republic.


AA offers more capacity from the Domincan Republic to New York City than they do to Miami, and about the same capacity to San Juan from NYC as from Miami. AA has never spilled that much JFK-SJU/SDQ traffic via MIA. They run eighteen daily JFK-SDQ/STI/PUJ/POP/SJU flights for a reason.

Yes MIA will be larger for many many years but OAL's Latin growth is going to occur at a faster rate.

I strongly disagree with you. CO and DL's growth in Latin America (sans Mexico) has been stalled for a few years now, and hasn't shown much signs of changing. They don't have much more room to grow. They have added almost everything that can be profitablly added. CO could still make EZE, MDE, and SCL work, and maybe Delta could probably do very well in Ecuador, but they don't have much room to grow. AA's possibilites are much greater, and they will (and have) taken advantage of that.

Also, when you run a smaller network, you will clearly grow at a faster rate than the larger carrier. Delta can add a daily flight to one city and still grow at a "faster rate" than AA, even if they AA were to add five daily flights to three new cities.

And you can't forget that the market and demand between the US and the Caribbean has grown in recent years. While years ago, there may have been 50M American flocking to the Caribbean, today there might be 60M. Yes, US Airways has stolen customers from AA, but AA has welcomed new ones. US Airways' growth in the Caribbean has done nothing to stall AA's growth in the region, it has only encouraged them to remain competitve and stay ahead in the game. Despite the fact that US Airways now has an extensive Caribbean network, AA has more service to the Caribbean than ever before, to more cities, with more frequency (every Caribbean destination they serve except Bonaire is served on at least a daily basis), from 15 US gateways. US can't touch that, and I doubt they ever will.

I'm not saying other carriers won't make growth in the region or won't give AA headaches. I am saying that, as much new service as is added, AA's position as the dominant carrier to Latin America and the Caribbean and MIA's position as the dominant airline is not being threatend.



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User currently offlineDB777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 885 posts, RR: 43
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1794 times:
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One minor correction on Manchester service from Miami: the original Laker (the Brit airline) served Manchester from MIA. I can't remember if Laker II (the US airline) served MAN from MIA but I don't think so.

On Montevideo service from MIA, I can't remember who provided the service but we had the MVD code in our FIDS computer in the 80's and usually we only entered airports that had non-stop service because the FIDS screens would only allow one destination airport to be displayed at the time. That's why I'm thinking someone at some time offered service there but I could be wrong due to a nutjob entering MVD into the database for no reason.



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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33178 posts, RR: 71
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1788 times:

One minor correction on Manchester service from Miami: the original Laker (the Brit airline) served Manchester from MIA. I can't remember if Laker II (the US airline) served MAN from MIA but I don't think so.

You might be right. I could have sworn that Laker II flew to Miami from Manchestser and Preswick, but I can't seem to find anything on it (not that there is much about Laker, though).

On Montevideo service from MIA, I can't remember who provided the service but we had the MVD code in our FIDS computer in the 80's and usually we only entered airports that had non-stop service because the FIDS screens would only allow one destination airport to be displayed at the time.

It's possible. I know a Uruguayan carrier (name escapes me) served MIA during the 1980s with DC8s, could have very well been non-stop to Montevideo. I just assumed it wasn't, because the market has never really been large enough until now. Then again, back in the 80s, route networks were not streamlined like they are today.



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