American Airlines tightens Miami Vice; hub now serves 60 foreign destinations

With 34.1 million passengers Miami may only have ranked 15th among US airports for total airport traffic in 2008, but when it comes to international passenger numbers it ranks third in the US with 16.2 million passengers, beaten only by New York’s JFK airport (22.4 million) and Los Angeles (16.7 million). For international passengers travelling on US airlines Miami comes out well on top of all other US airports with over five million enplanements in 2008. Almost half of all passengers passing through Miami airport are on international flights.

Image: American Airline Planes at Miami International Airport
In the past year American has started four new direct international services from Miami to Antigua, Belo Horizonte, Grenada and Salvador (which flies on to Recife).

The dominant airline at Miami is American Airlines which operates a major hub and accounts for some two-thirds of all scheduled capacity at the airport, well ahead of Delta, Continental and US Airways, the only other carriers with at least a 2% share of weekly seat capacity. American currently serves 102 destinations non-stop, of which 42 are in the US. These domestic routes account for 50% of the airline’s capacity at the airport. The remaining 60 routes can be segmented by geographic region.

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Region Destination (weekly frequency)
Canada Montreal (21), Toronto (21)
Caribbean/Mexico Antigua (7), Aruba (14), Barbados (14), Bermuda (5), Cancun (28), Curacao (7), Freeport (21), George Town (7), Grand Cayman (14), Grenada (3), Kingston (21), La Romana (3), Marsh Harbour (7), Mexico City (21), Montego Bay (21), Nassau (73), Port Au Prince (14), Port Of Spain (14), Providenciales (14), Puerto Plata (7), Punta Cana (7), San Juan (49), Santiago STI (10), Santo Domingo (28), St Croix (7), St Kitts (7), St Lucia (11), St Maarten (14), St Thomas (14)
Central America Belize City (14), Guatemala City (14), Liberia (7), Managua (14), Panama City (14), San Jose (7), San Pedro Sula (12), San Salvador (7), Tegucigalpa (7)
Europe/Middle East London LHR (8), Madrid (7), Paris CDG (7)
South America Belo Horizonte (4), Bogota (14), Buenos Aires (14), Cali (7), Caracas (28), Guayaquil (7), La Paz (7), Lima (14), Maracaibo (7), Medellin (14), Montevideo (3), Quito (14), Rio de Janeiro (12), Salvador (7), Santa Cruz (3), Santiago SCL (7), Sao Paulo (21)
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 30 March 2009

A closer inspection of schedule data for a typical day (Monday) reveals how American connects flights from the US, Canada and Europe to the Caribbean and South America (CAR/SAM) via Miami.

Chart: Departures/Arrivals at Miami with AA
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 30 March 2009

Although flights come and go both north and south throughout the day a few patterns can be identified.

  • There is a heavy concentration of flights departing to the US between 20:00 and 22:00. This follows after nearly all the arrivals from CAR/SAM have been completed for the day.
  • Between 23:00 and midnight there are seven departures to South American cities; Buenos Aires, La Paz, Lima, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago and Sao Paulo.
  • Before 07:00 there are seven arrivals from South American cities.

New routes to Brazil; three US routes dropped

Since the start of last summer American has started four new direct services from Miami to Antigua, Belo Horizonte, Grenada and Salvador (which flies on to Recife) all of which are international destinations. During the same period it has dropped flights to Barranquilla (in Colombia), Cleveland, Cozumel (in Mexico), Fayetteville and Sarasota/Bradenton.


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