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August 31, 2017
Miami Airport cargo tonnage grows by nearly 5% in first half of 2017
Following an increase of less than one percent in cargo shipments in 2016, Miami International Airport (MIA) grew freight tonnage by nearly 5 percent in the first half of 2017.
With a 4.8 percent overall growth, MIA saw an 8.3 percent increase in domestic freight and 3.7 percent growth in international cargo January through June.
In the first half of 2017, cargo tonnage on Middle East carriers experienced a 114 percent growth as compared to the same time last year. Though traffic on Latin American and Caribbean carriers increased 2.7 percent overall cargo on Mexican carriers alone rose 308 percent. Freight on European carriers grew 11.7 percent and that on Asian carriers was 10 percent.
The increase in cargo tonnage can be partially attributed to the attraction of several new freighter airlines to MIA, as well as a number of significant security and infrastructure improvements the airport has undertaken to ensure cargo shipments are properly handled.
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