"..... there is considerably more competition now by other carriers from other airports (MCO
) to Latin America and the Caribbean than what used to exist. People just don't have to go through MIA
as they previously did in order to get to many locations south of here.
is a much higher cost airport to operate out of than 13-15 years ago and those costs will continue to escalate for years to come.
has developed a bad reputation like JFK
did many years ago for making connections, clearing immigrations and customs, surly customer service employees, language barriers, baggage pilfering, etc. etc. The new North and South Terminals will hopefully improve things when they open but they won't solve all the reasons that people dislike about MIA
has lost a tremendous share of O&D traffic for South Florida in the past 13-15 years to FLL
, partly due to low cost competition and partly due to the constant northward shift in the center of population for the region. FLL
will have over 20 million pax this year from what I've recently read and back in the late 80's/early 90's it was somewhere around 3 or 4 million. Holy zooks folks, that's one hell of a gain in traffic and yet another reason why MIA
won't be so attractive to replacement airlines for AA
as it was 13 to 15 years ago."
You've made a couple of excellent points here. I remember when Delta began flying from ATL
to South America, Leo Mullin mentioned he was sure they'd be successful because people hated connecting in Miami. That's AA
both taking a major hit at Delta's expense back in 1997. Miami had in fact by that time developed the "JFK
" reputation. I personally have never flown internationally from any place but Miami and Washington-Dulles, so I cannot judge. I've come through customs at MIA
probably 30 or so times and really have no frame of reference to compare it with, but have heard all sorts of complaints.
I believe had Braniff survived the Latin American routes may have eventually seen a begin in shift to DFW
. Eastern of course was MIAMI'S AIRLINE, so the shift never happened. Pan Am decided to once again fly to places on Braniff's routes (the old PANAGRA western route leaving Miami) so who knows if BN
would have kept all the routes to/from Miami. I'm sure they would have left some at MIA
and shifted others to DFW
, that is one heck of a jump in traffic. I am dubious about any FLL
numbers from the early 90s however, because even though EA
was Miami's airline, as far as a traffic void, the collapse of Eastern may have had a greater impact on Fort Lauderdale. Prior to recent years, FLL
was essentially a medium sized O&D airport dominated by two regional carriers who flew lots of non-hub routes from FLL
(EA and DL
). The other carriers basically just flew to their hubs. When EA
went under, it took a few years for FLL
to recover the lost capacity.