Miami, busiest U.S. airport for international passengers in 2021

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Miami International Airport (MIA) became the busiest U.S. gateway for international passengers while retaining its position as the busiest for international freight in 2021, according to preliminary 2021 airport rankings published this week by Airports Council International (ACI).

MIA welcomed more than 13 million international passengers in 2021, moving it from 2nd place in 2020 to the top ranking in the U.S. and 11th place in the world. MIA remained the busiest airport in the U.S. and the ninth busiest in the world for international tonnage handled, at more than two million metric tons.

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“Congratulations to MIA for moving up the ranks to become America’s busiest entry point for international passengers and freight. MIA is connecting the world to Miami-Dade County like never before, with a growing number of travel options for passengers to choose from and busy trade routes across the globe”, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said.

MIA finished 2021 with a total of 37.2 million passengers, which was twice its total of 18.6 million in 2020. The global gateway also handled 2.7 million tons of freight in 2021, shattering its previous record of 2.3 million tons in 2020 by 17 percent, for its second consecutive year of growth.

ACI’s world airport rankings are based on the preliminary compilation of 2021 data from airports around the world.