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
- 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
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
-VLN? Six daily IAH
? 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
was launched at the wrong time, which is why it is being relaunched in the winter). There are a handful of markets DL
can still make work (IAH
, 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
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
...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
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
, 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
, 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.