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MIAMI (AP) — Miami International Airport is finally seeing more passengers than it served before the pandemic, and set new records for Thanksgiving holiday travel despite growing concerns about the spread of the omicron variant.
About 3.9 million passengers passed through security last month, a 6% rise from 3.7 million ticketed passengers in November 2019, airport officials said Monday.
It’s a clear indicator that tourism is rebounding despite mounting worries of a new surge in hospitalizations from COVID-19, which has already killed about 800,000 people in the U.S. alone, the Miami Herald reported.
Some travelers could potentially be discouraged by public health requirements, such as the recent U.S. requirement for international travelers presenting negative COVID-19 tests within one day of their flights, Deel said.
Thanksgiving holiday travel, the full return of Miami Art Week and the end of U.S. travel restrictions for non-U.S. citizens coming from 33 countries helped boost November numbers. On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the airport recorded its busiest day on record with 164,000 passengers. And during the entire 12-day Thanksgiving travel period, 1.7 million passengers passed through the airport, 14% more than the same period in 2019.