Here are some random facts on traffic at MIA
for the first six months of the fiscal year. MIA
uses the fiscal year running October through September, so these stats are October 2006 through March 2007. No surprises, American Airlines continues to carry the most passengers, and El Al continues to have the highest average load factor, filling every seat for the past six months. The following figures include regional carriers.
1) American Airlines/American Eagle - 9,049,437
2) Delta Airlines - 529,678
3) Continental Airlines - 455,879
4) US Airways - 380,068
5) LAN Group* - 250,849
6) United Airlines - 224,525
7) Avianca - 217,104
8) TACA Group** - 183,523
9) British Airways - 178,482
10) Northwest - 177,018
*Includes LAN Argentina, LAN Chile, LAN Ecuador, and LAN Peru
**Includes LACSA and TACA
1) El Al - 100%
2) Air France - 93.8%
3) Iberia - 92.6%
4) Sun Country - 92.2%
5) Alaska Airlines - 90.5%
6) Alitalia - 90.4%
7) COPA - 86%
8) United - 84.9%
9) Northwest - 84.6%
10) Miami Air - 84.2%
Biggest Passenger Gainers
1) Mexicana +142.15%
2) El Al +55.98%
3) LTU +42.34%
4) TAM +39.28%
5) Aerolineas Argentinas +38.61%
(biggest domestic gainer was AirTran, up 35.15%)
Biggest Passenger Losers
1) LAB -66.78%
2) Aeropostal -50.47%
3) Sun Country -19.29%
3) British Airways -14.57%
5) LAN Chile -13.67%
American Airlines and American Eagle continued their steady increase of Miami service, with American Airlines up 5% and American Eagle up 10.96%
Newcomer to Miami Avior has had a healthy start, with a 59.2% load factor during their first three months of operations, which is typical for flights to the region, and even higher than Santa Barbara's loadfactor (58.3%).
LAB, who is currently not allowed to offer scheduled flights after having their rights revoked by the Bolivian government, suffered a miserable 10.9% (yes, 10.9%) loadfactor, which includes passengers that originated in Washington, D.C. MIA
's other Bolivian airline, Aerosur, is still handicaped because flights are operated as scheduled charters which limits distribution channels for tickets, and averaged 57.9% loadfactor. Aerosur, however, will be adding a fourth weekly flight to Miami this summer.
LAN Argentina, another newcomer, has had a very healthy start. LAN Argentina offers eight weekly flights to Buenos Aires (one which is via Punta Cana), and has averaged an 82.7% loadfactor, the highest of any of the four LAN airlines that fly to Miami. LAN Argentina plans to ramp up MIA service to 14x weekly by the end of the year, by operating a daylight service to Buenos Aires via other cities. They currently do this only on Saturdays.
Despite ending their partnership with American Airlines, Swiss carried 24.97% more passengers into Miami during the first six months (on an increase of two weekly flights), and averaged a strong 82% loadfactor.
Four new destinations were added to Miami's route map in the first six months of the fiscal year: Barcelona, Venezuela, Cozumel, Chicago Midway, and Fayetteville, Arkansas. Later this year, as of now, MIA
will add Austin, Texas (American Airlines), Belem, Brazil (American Airlines), David, Panama City (COPA), and Kansas City (AirTran) to its list of destinations.
Airlines that have announced possible intent to fly to Miami in 2007 are AeroCondor (Peru), Air Plus Comet (Spain), Insel Airways (Netherland Antillies), as well as the return of Varig.
[Edited 2007-05-09 22:04:02]