MIAFLLPBIFlyer wrote:Fastphilly wrote:Miami wrote:Miami ranks by far at the top of any metro for international passengers passing through the airport per capita. When not adjusted for population size, only New York ranks ahead of Miami
Well Miami is already located in one of the two regions it has large amounts of destinations to (Caribbean, Central and South America) and the other being Europe. The majority of those flights to Caribbean, Central and northern tier South America are under 4 hours to many cities that cannot support wide body long haul travel so it stands to reason why Miami is second to New York in international passenger numbers.
I see Miami is more of a regional international destination while New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco are more global. Their international flight portfolio supports that.
You could argue Boston is as diverse in its portfolio these days as SFO.
Miami is a major international hub with only limited gaps in nonstop flights (South & East Asia).
Add in Fort Lauderdale's longhaul flying an you have a really complete route map with many routes or regions sporting competition.
Only limited gaps? Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing and Sydney are ranked in the Top 10 of the world’s most important global cities and MIA has no direct flight to any of them. Yeah SFO may lack flights to South America (Even though Panama City is at the SA doorstep) but to not have even one flight to the most populated and largest economies on Earth can’t be overlooked.
Yes a 14 hour flight is far more prestigious than a pond run to a location that nobody outside the region knows or cares about.
When a carrier has to invest two wide body airframes as opposed to a single narrow body it’s much different.