Despite a slumping economy, Miami International Airport is celebrating an increase in passengers over the Thanksgiving holiday week.

The airport reported Friday that it had an increase of 3.2 percent compared to 2007 and surpassed estimates by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department of a one percent decline.

From Nov. 24 to Dec. 1, the airport served 772,461 passengers.

That's an average of 96,557 passengers per day, up from 748,157
passengers last year.

Airport officials say one reason for its growth has been the strength of the Latin American and Caribbean market, which has
helped the airport's number of international passengers increase by
more than four percent through October.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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