May 9. Miami was the busiest U.S. airport for international traffic in 2021, new data reveals. It’s further evidence of rising tides for The Magic City, drawing first from short-haul global travelers, but expected soon to play host to returning long-haulers.
As the airline industry recovers from the pandemic, the emphasis in the U.S. has been on domestic airport hubs like Charlotte and Denver, but one international gateway hub has stood out.
That is Miami International Airport. The gateway is uniquely positioned as close to short-haul leisure destinations in the Caribbean, and the key hub for South America, which was one of the international sectors that recovered the fastest. Miami is also a hub for American Airlines, the global U.S. airline ramped up quicker than its two principal competitors.
In 2021, Miami was the busiest airport for international traffic in the U.S., according to figures released this month by Airports Council International (ACI). The facility handled 13.2 million international travelers, and ranked 11th globally for international traffic.