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    • Nearly 22 million international travelers went through MIA, up over 400,000 from the year before, just over 23 million domestic travelers.

    If you took a flight in and out of Miami International Airport during 2018, you were part of a record setting year for one of America’s biggest travel centers.

    Officials announced the airport passed the 45 million passenger mark last year, the most in their history and nearly one million more passengers than what passed through in 2017.

    Nearly 22 million international travelers went through MIA, up over 400,000 from the year before, while just over 23 million domestic travelers went through.

    “As our County’s largest economic engine, MIA’s growth has the largest impact on business revenue and job creation in our community,” Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a statement.

    The increase came after increased routes from hub carrier American Airlines along with four new passenger airlines introducing flights to locations including Italy, Canada, South America among other spots.

    “We are extremely encouraged by the substantial gains made at MIA last year, from both our passenger and cargo operations,” said Lester Sola, MIA Director and CEO. “With more new international service launches coming soon, we are expecting another strong year of growth.”

    In 2019, international carriers will introduce flights to locations including London Gatwick Airport, Paris Orly Airport as well as the first passenger flights to Africa since 2000 and the only non-stop service in Florida to the continent – along with the first ever service to Poland and the only non-stop flights between Florida and Eastern Europe.

    The airport also set a record for the amount of freight transported with over 2.3 million tons, up nearly 60,000 tons from the previous year.

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