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Asian Passenger Airline To Serve MIA Within 24 Months, Will Make ‘A Bundle’

Miami-Dade Aviation Department director Emilio Gonzalez is predicting that Miami will have a nonstop flight to east Asia within 24 months, according to the SFBJ.

Gonzalez told an IATA conference last week that the flight may not be to mainland China, since many of the Chinese investors who visit Miami have their own private jets. Tokyo is also closer, he said.

Miami is the largest U.S. Metro without a direct flight to east Asia.

The first east Asian airline at MIA will “make a small bundle,” he predicted, citing the success of Qatar Airways. Loads on the Miami-Doha flight are among the highest of any at MIA, thanks to onward connections at Doha that feed to 40 cities. First class tickets go for $15,000, he claimed (Qatar only operates a business class cabin to MIA, not first.)

The airport is also planning to redevelop cargo city to allow for more efficient transfers, and has applied for free trade zone status.

 

(photo: dan lundberg)

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Anonymous
Anonymous

2 years wait for connectivity?
Better watch out, Orlando and Ft Lauderdale are out to get our business. It’s a shame we don’t have Asian carriers serving our area.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Long flights are usually announced at least a year ahead of launch so that’s actually not much wait

Brickellite
Brickellite

Tokyo, Taipei, Hong Kong… or wild card, Seoul? Who will it be? One things for certain, thats going to be one long ride in an aluminum tube.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Damn.. those Chinese must be doing something right, if they all own their own jets.

Anonymous
Anonymous

LOL, the yields on those ME flights are not so great.

Anyway, of the 1.3 billion Chinese – those visiting Miami have their own private jets? LOL!

At any rate within 24 months sounds like a very non-committal statement.

Yohan Perez
Yohan Perez

Qatar is ripping us off, I hope Emirates and Etihad start services to Miami.

Flymia
Flymia

Emirates already has flights to FLL.

Anonymous
Anonymous

how many “investors” visited miami by their private jet in a year? and how many Chines tourists visited Miami by commercial flight in a year? My dear director, do you know ?

What you have said must be a joke!

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