MIA Named 10th-Best Airport By Travel And Leisure Magazine

MIA was also rated sixth in location

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    Passengers wait to clear security next to the newly opened TSA PreCheck lane (seen to the left) which the Transportation Security Administration launched to cut down the time prescreened passengers need to stand in the traditional security line at Miami International Airport on Oct. 4.

    Miami International Airport was named the 10th-best airport in the United States of 2011 by Travel and Leisure magazine.

    The magazine, which rated the airports based on services, attributes and facilities, also rated MIA number six in location, but said the airport lagged in baggage handling, kids’ zones, and its check-in and security process.

    The top three ranked airports were Minneapolis, Charlotte and Detroit Metropolitan.

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    But MIA also made news by setting record numbers in passenger traffic.

    The airport said it set a new record of 10.2 million travelers in the first three months of 2012, a 9.5 percent increase from last year’s first-quarter numbers.

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    MIA also beat out John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York in the last two quarters for having the most international flights and was named the 18th-busiest airport worldwide by Airports Council Worldwide.

    MIA, which expects to see more expansion, said the increased traffic is due to increased service and carrier growth.