Miami Int’l Airport Transformed by New Airlines and Flights

It used to be that if you wanted a low-fare airline ticket from South Florida, you’d have to depart out of Fort Lauderdale International Airport or West Palm Beach. But now, low-fare airlines are making their way to Miami International Airport.

After being regarded one of Florida’s more hassle-prone airports, Miami is emerging as the star child. The airport is easier to use than ever with recent upgrades and terminal renovations. And by increasing the availability of low-cost carriers, more people can spring for a quick weekend escape to the Magic City.



Spirit Airlines has recently added many new low-fare flights to Miami International Airport.

Miami International Airport is the gateway to Latin America, and it’s the easiest way to get to the most sought-after spots in South Florida. November 2021 marked the first month of growth for the airport since 2020.

Rising demand for holiday travel, the full return of Miami Art Week, and an escape from the bitter cold of the north led to more passengers flying through Miami International. And with the expansion of airline schedules and the US government allowing vaccinated travelers to enter the country, it’s no wonder that the airport experienced a boom. Hopefully, this is a sign of a recurring trend in Miami’s favor.

JetBlue has increased its Miami service as it takes on American Airlines.

November 28, 2021 was a record-setting day at Miami International, with over 164,000 passengers in the airport. This now marks the busiest travel day in the airport’s history. But the airport isn’t ready to settle down quite yet, as the staff expects December 2021 to yield its own set of impressive statistics.

The average number of daily departing seats out of Miami is up 19%, and the average daily departing flights is up by almost 12% compared to December 2019.

The airlines are supercharging Miami International’s emergence as a critical destination. American Airlines, Miami’s hub carrier, has ramped up to its broadest Miami schedule to date with 378 daily departures. Spirit airlines first launched service to Miami in October with nine routes and upped service to 19 destinations in November. Frontier Airlines also took advantage of Miami’s growth to hit 36 nonstop flights to domestic and international destinations, its most extensive service option ever for the airport.


JetBlue offers Mint seating on Miami flights to and from Los Angeles.

American Airlines, MIA’s largest carrier, has significantly increased flights.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava shared her pride in the airport’s growth. “It’s exciting to see MIA full of travelers and back to growing again 20 months since the pandemic began. It is clear from our record-breaking month of travel in November that Miami-Dade County is more popular than ever as a tourist destination and that MIA is growing even stronger as a global hub and as an economic engine for our community.”

And we couldn’t agree more.

Miami is a fantastic place to work, play, and live. The growth of the local airport also indicates expansion in the rest of the area. Better airport access means more people can enjoy the vibrancy the city has to offer.

                                               Coconut Grove’s lush foliage makes it a favorite Miami destination.

One of the areas benefitting from the airport’s growth is Coconut Grove. 

Coconut Grove is a gorgeous little piece of land on the Miami coastline. The luxurious destination features numerous small businesses, from restaurants to retail. You can stay at Mr. C Coconut Grove to feel like royalty while you lounge by the pool that overlooks the docks on the cerulean blue ocean. You can grab a funky scoop of ice cream from Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream. You can travel around the world while browsing the aisles at The Bazaar Project, a unique retail destination. To dress like a true “Grovite,” you’ll want to check out the collection of linen clothing essentials and vintage air-travel inspired gifts at Palm Produce Resortwear. 


The most difficult decision you’ll have to make will be where you want to eat first. Coconut Grove is home to stellar restaurants, from Atchana’s Homegrown Thai, which uses locally-grown herbs and spices, to Loretta and the Butcher, a boutique restaurant founded by an Argentinian and a Greek.

Coconut Grove also offers fun events to make you feel like a local. You can join in on Yoga by the Sea at the Barnacle State Park or explore the Coconut Grove Artisanal Market at St. Stephen’s Church. The Coconut Grove Business Improvement District is adding new events all the time, so be sure to check their calendar as you plan your trip.

Coconut Grove isn’t the only place you can visit with service to Miami.

Wynwood Miami is known for its outstanding colorful murals. Wynwood Walls is an outdoor museum that features work from some of the most talented artists in the world. And if you’re an art fanatic who’s planning ahead, Art Wynwood 2022 will take place throughout President’s Day Weekend. This exhibition is produced by the same company that oversees Art Miami, so you know it’s going to be spectacular.

The streets of Wynwood are filled with life as people hop to and from craft breweries and art galleries inside converted warehouses. It’s the perfect destination for those who love to grab a pint, see phenomenal works of art, shop for an eclectic style, and go on an antique hunt.

Or, if you’re looking for another place to be inspired, the Miami Design District is a great way to go. The Design District is a creative neighborhood to the core, and it features sleek modern architecture and chic interior design stores that will help you find the next incredible piece for your home.

The Design District is right next to Wynwood, and the artistic inspiration flows between the two districts. You can find art just about anywhere, whether in a museum, private collection, gallery, exhibition, or on the streets. And once you’ve had your fill of art, you can enjoy an exquisite dining experience in one of the District’s many restaurants.

And how can we talk about Miami without mentioning Miami Beach? The island city is the perfect spot to escape the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life and soak up the sun. Ocean Drive showcases stellar early-20thCentury architecture. Strolling through the Art Deco Historic District alone is worth making the trip across the bridge.

In Miami Beach, you can enjoy live music and a bespoke cocktail in the Faena’s glamourous Living Room. Act like a local on Española Way, whether you participate in flamenco or salsa dancing classes, shop the open-air maker’s market, or enjoy some of the finest restaurants on the palm tree-lined pedestrian-only avenue. Maybe even play a round of golf at Miami Beach Golf Club’s scenic course.

Your ability to get to these destinations is easier than ever, with more flights coming through Miami each day.

Miami is rich in history and culture, and we are thrilled that the airport is expanding. We always think it’s good Jetiquette when air travel executives make decisions that benefit the traveler, and this definitely benefits jet-setters.

If you need us, we’ll be in Miami. If you’re looking to join us, book your tickets through Miami International Airport and start planning your getaway. We’ll warn you, though. You may never want to leave.


Gailen David
Gailen is an air-travel enthusiast and historian.


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