Miami International Airport (MIA) set a new record for cargo volume in 2020 it has revealed.
During the year 2.32 million tonnes passed through the airport, 57,382 more tonnes than its total in 2019.
MIA said that it finished the year “exceptionally strong” with an average of 210,000 tons in October, November and December, making them the airport’s busiest months ever.
The airport also ended 2020 with a record 59,000 cargo-only flights, which was nearly 8,000 more flights than in 2019.
Miami International Airport’s director and CEO, Lester Sola, said: “Our record-setting year would not have been possible without the strong partnership we share with each and every airline, federal agency and logistics provider that adapted and maintained their services throughout the pandemic. We are deeply grateful for their ongoing support and look forward to reaching even greater heights together in 2021, as we facilitate more essential trade and commerce across our region and the globe.”
As the busiest U.S. airport for international freight and perishable products, MIA says that it continued to be a “global hub for essential supplies and e-commerce throughout the pandemic”.
MIA was also “uniquely prepared” to be an air cargo hub for the Covid-19 vaccines, thanks to “years of experience” as the first airport in the Western Hemisphere and only the second in the world to be designated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as a pharmaceutical freight hub in 2015.