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Which pandemic? Miami Airport Sets Thanksgiving Travel Record – NBC 6 South Florida

Miami International Airport finally welcomed more passengers than it did before the pandemic and set a new record for travel over the Thanksgiving holiday despite growing concerns about the spread of coronavirus. omicron variation.

About 3.9 million passengers passed through security last month, up 6% from 3.7 million passengers with tickets in November 2019, airport officials said Monday.

It’s a clear sign that tourism is recovering despite worries about a fresh spike in hospitalizations from COVID-19, which has killed about 800,000 people in the US alone, the Miami Herald reports. believe.

Gary Deel, a travel industry consultant based in the Orlando area, told the Herald: “The data on the airport is certainly a positive sign, but there is still a huge amount of apprehension for travelers. science savvy customers. “Until we get to a level of hard immunity in the US, with the latest wave of coverage of each variant, you’ll see a drop in travel that correlates with an increase in new variants. ”

Some travelers may be frustrated by public health requirements, such as the recent US requirement for international travelers to have tested negative for COVID-19 within a year, Deel said. days after their flight.

Miami is one of the top searched destinations on travel websites, and statewide, Florida had 32.5 million tourists from July to September this year, exceeding the number of visitors in the United States. in the pre-pandemic era of 2019, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said recently.

His anti-closure and pro-business stance has helped one of Florida’s main economic drivers thrive even as tourism declines in other parts of the country.

Thanksgiving holiday travel, the full return of Miami Arts Week, and the end of US travel restrictions on non-US citizens from 33 countries have helped increase November’s count. On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the airport recorded its busiest day on record with 164,000 passengers. And over the entire 12-day travel period during Thanksgiving, 1.7 million passengers passed through the airport, 14% more than in the same period in 2019.

The airport expects record-high passenger numbers to continue through December, the Herald reported. Average daily flight departures were up nearly 12% from December 2019. And the airport recorded its second busiest day on Sunday, with 163,000 passengers, officials said.

https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/what-pandemic-miami-airport-sets-thanksgiving-travel-record/2641020/ Which pandemic? Miami Airport Sets Thanksgiving Travel Record – NBC 6 South Florida

JOE HERNANDEZ

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