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MIA passenger total already beats 2014

A traveler rests on the floor as American Airlines aircraft are lined up the the gates at Miami International Airport, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Miami.
A traveler rests on the floor as American Airlines aircraft are lined up the the gates at Miami International Airport, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Miami. AP

Miami International Airport surpassed its 2014 total of 40.9 million passengers on Thursday, and with 3.2 million more passengers than at the same point last year, the annual record of 44 million may be within reach.

Prior to the busy Thanksgiving Day travel week, the airport said in a press release, MIA’s passenger total had already grown by 8.6 percent through October, bolstered by 11.5 percent in domestic growth and a 5.6-percent rise in international passengers. This year’s eight-day Thanksgiving travel period boosted that growth even more, rising 10 percent over last year’s holiday travel week for a total of 969,206 passengers.

With December being MIA’s busiest month for passengers, yielding more than four million in 2014, the last 21 days of the year could take MIA over the 44 million threshold.

“I can think of no better way to ring in the New Year than by setting a new annual record,” Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González said in a statement. “Regardless of the final tally, MIA has already had its best year ever for passenger growth, and we expect our upward trend to continue with more new international routes and carriers slated for 2016.”

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