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MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RANKS AHEAD OF JFK IN PASSENGER TRAFFIC

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RANKS AHEAD OF JFK IN PASSENGER TRAFFIC
 MIAMI, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- In 1991, passenger traffic at Miami International Airport (MIA) increased 2.9 percent to 26.6 million, exceeding the number of passengers who traveled through New York's JFK International Airport.
 "This is a major accomplishment for Dade County," said county manager Joaquin G. Avino. "Despite the loss of two major airlines, Miami International had a banner year. This is indicative of Dade's strength as an international trade and business center."
 MIA's increase is a sharp contrast to JFK's passenger count and to that of other airports throughout the country. National statistics indicate that last year airports nationwide experienced a 2.3 percent decline in passenger traffic.
 According to New York and New Jersey Port Authority statistics, in 1991, passenger traffic at JFK decreased 3.5 million to 26.3 million, with more than 2 million of these passengers being international.
 At Miami International, on the other hand, international passenger traffic grew 8.9 percent last year, with July (17 percent) and August (18 percent) posting the largest increases in the airport's history.
 "Miami International's spectacular growth last year is especially significant in light of the weak economy and the demise of Eastern and Pan American Airlines, our two hometown airlines," said Dade County Aviation Director Frederick A. Elder, A.A.E.
 Elder said 1992 will be another record year for MIA as both U.S. and foreign carriers continue to increase service to Latin America and Europe.
 "We believe that within two years, Miami International will be the number one international passenger and cargo airport in the country," Elder added.
 Miami International Airport today is the nation's second busiest airport in terms of international passengers and cargo. It is served by 93 scheduled airlines, more airlines than any other U.S. airport. The airport's extensive air route system covers 170 cities on three continents -- North America, South America and Europe.
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 /NOTE TO EDITOR: Miami International Airport passenger comparison graphic available upon request./
 /CONTACT: Virginia Sanchez of Metro-Dade Communications, 305-375-2830; or Amaury Zuriarrain of Dade County Aviation Dept., 305-876-7016/ CO: Miami International Airport; JFK International Airport ST: Florida, New York IN: AIR SU:


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