MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) - American Airlines will be adding more flights at Miami International Airport following a tough summer travel season.

On Thursday, the airline announced that it will be adding over 100 flights to MIA’s schedule during the winter.

“It’s a great idea,” said a traveler.

7News spoke with Juan Carlos Liscano, who is the airline’s vice president for the Miami hub and is very proud to share the growth of American Airlines in its Miami hub.

“We are very proud of our more than 30-year history, as the official hometown airline in Miami, and as a hub we have grown, just as Miami has grown,” said Liscano.

“A fair opportunity for the islands,” said a traveler.

Starting in December, passengers will be able to travel to several destinations from Miami, which include the following:

  • Portland, Oregon
  • Sacramento, California
  • Buffalo, New York
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Lexington, Kentucky
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • Wilmington, North Carolina
  • With Miami being a travel hub to the Caribbean and South America, American has also added more flights to Liberia, Costa Rica; Cartegena, Colombia and the British Virgin Islands.

“We are really excited to be able to connect Miami to the entire country, but also the Caribbean and Latin America and Europe,” said Liscano.

“Easier, direct, you know what I mean?” said a traveler. “Two-hour flight to Costa Rica for a good time. Who is going to say no to that?”

The big board at Concourse D At MIA will now see 140 daily departures to more than 70 destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America.

“Great opportunity for the islands to have more incoming airlines,” said a traveler. “It’s also good for Americans to come down to the Caribbean, discover the Caribbean. I’m in Saint Lucian, and we would love to see more of you guys come down and see us.”

MIA in the past has broken record passenger numbers.

So far this year, the airport has seen major Transportation Security Administration numbers, as well as a major demand for travel.

With more flights at one of the country’s biggest airports, chaos, confusion and long wait times are to be expected at the busiest terminal at MIA.

“Like anything else, it’s about improvement, and I think the opportunity, I think it’s a work in progress,” said a traveler.

Terminal D at the airport is where passengers can travel with American Airlines.

American will hire more than 2,000 new employees for these new flights.

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