The first quarter of 2019 was the best ever for Miami International Airport, with passenger numbers up big over last year.

During the January through March period, traffic was up 5%, with 583,073 more passengers than the same period in 2018. The growth during the period includes 306,421 additional (+5.5 percent) international passengers and 276,652 additional (+4.6 percent) domestic passengers compared to the same period last year.

Growth is expected to continue even further during the second quarter, thanks to the launch of four new international routes: Norwegian’s daily flights to London Gatwick Airport on April 1; Royal Air Maroc’s three weekly flights to Casablanca on April 3; LOT Polish Airlines’ four weekly flights to Warsaw on June 1; and Corsair’s four weekly flights to Paris Orly Airport on June 10.

The airport’s passenger count already broke a new record in 2018, surpassing 45 million passengers during the year for the first time – an increase of over 1 million passengers from the prior year.

MIA appears to be struggling to keep up with the growth, however.

At the congested American Airlines North Terminal, security lines snaking through the check in area are an almost daily occurrence now.

Ben Schlappig, who owns the popular One Mile At A Time travel blog, called MIA’s security lines mismanaged and “among the worst in the country” in a Twitter post this morning. Schlappig, who flies 400,000 miles a year, recently relocated his home base to Miami.

Source: The Next Miami