The Performance Was Up 6.5 Percent Over 2005 and Was Marked By Recording Nine of the Top-10 Traffic Days During the Year
American Airlines, the world's largest airline, announced today that together with its regional airline affiliate, American Eagle, it set yet another yearly traffic record at Miami International Airport (MIA) in 2006, carrying a total of 19.7 million passengers to and from Miami. That was an increase of 6.5 percent over the airlines' record traffic totals at MIA for 2005.
During 2006, American and American Eagle also recorded nine of their top- ten all-time record traffic days at MIA, an extraordinary performance for a single year.
American and American Eagle combined have recorded traffic increases at MIA in each of the last six years, increasing the volume from a total of 14.5 million passengers in 2001 to 19.7 million passengers last year.
"All of us at American and American Eagle are extremely proud of our accomplishments in Miami over the past year," said Peter J. Dolara, American's Senior Vice President-Miami, the Caribbean and Latin America. "We have worked hard with the community to promote MIA as one of the world's foremost air transport gateways, and the traffic records we are setting are impressive evidence that more travelers than ever are making MIA their gateway of choice. We will do all we can to build on this momentum in the months ahead."
American, a founding member of the global oneworld® Alliance, and American Eagle operate a combined total of 253 daily flights to 97 destinations worldwide from MIA. Another destination will come on line in March when American Eagle begins service between MIA and Cozumel, Mexico.
To help expedite the North Terminal Project at MIA, American will be consolidating operations into Concourses D and E this year when Terminal A is closed in the latest phase of construction. That step will also assist in reducing costs at the airport.
When the North Terminal Project is completed, American will operate from an entirely new terminal, with 48 international jet gates, two American Eagle gates, an automated people-mover system, 150 ticket counters, 30 curbside check-in positions, a new baggage-handling system, and a new international customs facility.
"The new terminal will be one of the finest in the industry and will give the community an important new asset for economic growth and development," Dolara said. "That will be one of the greatest achievements of the Miami Hub in its nearly 20-year history, underscoring and validating the commitment American made to Miami in 1989."
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American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the global oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve more than 600 destinations in over 135 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation . American Airlines, American Eagle, the AmericanConnection® airlines, AA.com and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.
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