Representatives of Miami International Airport recently met with Hainan Airlines about a possible new nonstop flight, according to a source.
At the September meeting, Hainan officials said that Miami was a top route that they were considering, and that they would be studying the possibility of adding it.
Concerns of the airline include obtaining route authority from Chinese officials, potential payload penalties due to the length of the route, and the lack of a codeshare with American Airlines, MIA’s dominant carrier.
At the same time, MIA is also quietly working with other Asian carriers, including Hainan rival Cathay Pacific. The company wants a Hong Kong-Canada air bilateral amended so that the airline can add a Hong Kong-Vancouver-Miami route.