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Miami International Airport continued to show strong passenger growth in April, though slower than the first quarter.
The April passenger count rose 6.4 percent from a year earlier to reach 3.16 million, roughly the population of Chicago.
That number includes 1.68 million domestic passengers, up 5.2 percent, and 1.49 million international passengers, up 7.7 percent from last year. International business — especially from South America — continues to lead growth, officials said.
International arrivals to Miami matter to Broward and Palm Beach counties, because the two nearby counties have relatively little foreign service and depend heavily on Miami for their international business. Brazilians are especially courted, because they tend to stay longer, shop more and spend more than U.S. tourists in the area.
April’s passenger growth at Miami airport is slower than its first quarter’ gains of 9.5 percent. Travel leaders have linked the smaller rise to warmer weather in the U.S. north this year and Easter falling earlier than usual.
For the first quarter, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport reported a 0.9 percent gain and Palm Beach International Airport a 3.4 percent dip in passenger traffic compared to last year, airport officials said.Arlene Satchell covers retail, marine industry and telecom trends for the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The travel buff and adventure lover is always looking for new places to explore.
Doreen Hemlock writes about tourism, international business and other beats for the Sun Sentinel since 1996. She’s visited more than 50 nations and lived 17 years in Latin America and the Caribbean.