Miami International Airport is still seeing passenger traffic increase, but the rate of growth has slowed compared to last year.
For the first half of 2013, overall traffic grew 1.1 percent year over year to 20.3 million travelers. That was the result of international traffic, which increased 4.2 percent to 9.9 million; domestic numbers dropped by 1.6 percent to 10.3 million passengers.
At the same time last year, both international and domestic traffic for the first six months were on the upswing, boosting passenger numbers a total of 6.8 percent.
The Miami-Dade Aviation Department attributed some of the international growth to two new routes added earlier this year, to Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Caribbean. More international flights have been announced for the rest of the year, including service to Milan, Italy; Curitiba and Porto Alegre in Brazil and Calgary in Canada.
More options have been added in the past couple of months to existing international routes as well, with three more weekly flights to Paris, new daily flights to Port-au-Prince and an additional daily flight to Curacao.
While total freight shipments grew about one percent, that was due again to international growth, which jumped 1.26 percent. Domestic freight dropped 1.44 percent.