It’s War: American Airlines Retaliates At Miami International Airport, Bringing Total New Daily Flights At The Airport To Almost 40 This Year

There will be almost 40 new flights per day at Miami International Airport this year, the result of an ongoing war between three airlines trying to control market share here.

More is likely coming soon too.

The latest announcement came today from American Airlines, which already has around 350 flights per day at the airport.

American said it will add 12 new domestic flights per day to six cities: Nashville, Boston, Houston, Orlando, Raleigh-Durham, and Tampa. They are in addition to the four new daily flights AA had announced, to Austin and New York JFK (the total is 16).

AA also announced an additional flight to Rio de Janeiro, which will be operated by one of the airline’s first 787-8s at the airport. There will also be a new partnership with Brazil’s GOL for onward connectivity. AA had previously announced new frequencies to Sao Paulo, Santiago, and Lima (four new daily international flights in total).

The announcements appear to be in response to Delta, which recently announced 13 new daily MIA flights by this summer and a new partnership with Latam Airlines.

Frontier Airlines has also started selling tickets for around five new daily MIA flights starting within months. That number is likely to increase with the company opening a new pilot and flight attendant base here.

American said today that it carried 30.3 million passengers at MIA in 2019, a record for the airline. It plans on breaking that record again this year, the company said.

The combined total new daily flights announced for 2020 between American, Delta, and Frontier now stands at 38.

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Anonymous

PULL UP SOUTHWEST AND UNITED LETS GO FULL WORLD WAR 5

Anonymous

Southwest will never be in MIA. They use FLL, exclusively. Secondary market airports are their thing.

Anonymous

Latin America all the time. Give us Africa or Asia, AA.

Anonymous

Yes, however it’s important to remember that while it’s good to look for new service frontiers, we need to build on the networks that we have. Orlando has superseded Miami because it also has flights to secondary and tertiary cities in the US and Canada.

South Florida (MIA and FLL combined) should look to increase its network, with FLL offering the domestic service to places like Baton Rouge and MIA expanding global service to Tokyo, etc. Then, it would also be great if there was an express train between the two.

Also, we shouldn’t only rely on the primate cities in other countries. We should add service to places like Lyon and Cork.

Anonymous

Orlando has “superceded” Miami?

Anonymous

Google the spelling and then come back.

Anonymous

They have more passengers than MIA

Anonymous

Orlando has one airport in the area.. there are two (MIA and FLL) airports within 25 to 30 minutes of each other.

Anonymous

Orlando has Sanford

Anonymous

Sanford had 3 million passengers compared to Fort Lauderdale’s 36 million.Orlando would be left in the dust if a combined MIA & FLL existed 80 million passengers.

Anonymous

Yes Orlando International is busier.

Anonymous

Its true but there’s also not another airport nearly as big within 50 miles like MIA has with FLL. Tampa is a bit to far to be convenient for most flyers in Tampa (1.5 hours drive vs 30 mins).

Anonymous

… you can also go from MIA to PBIA in about 1hr 25mins.

Anonymous

Orlando has Disney World tho, hard to compete

Anonymous

Orlando has its advantage and Miami has its advantages i.e., 3x the population, close seaports, more diverse multiculturalism, better weather, seaside resorts.

Anonymous

Asia doesn’t make sense, geographically. Sorry.

Anonymous

Why doesn’t Asia makes sense? There are now planes that can make the trip non-stop. There are significant Oriental communities in the Caribbean and Latin America and considering the density and frequency of flights from MIA there, it makes a lot of sense.

Anonymous

Yes… but they have to lighten the load which means charging a LOT because not every seat can be sold

Anonymous

Oriental? It’s not 1955 anymore, dude.

Anonymous

non-sequitur comment dude.

Anonymous

Here are some figures regarding the economic relationship between Florida and Japan. The Consulate General is located in Miami. https://www.miami.us.emb-japan.go.jp/documents/FL-JPN%20Relations%2012-15%20(revised%2001-7-16)%20(2).pdf

Anonymous

This competition only helps us.

Anonymous

if they could improve service at that airport!!!

Anonymous

American had the chance to make this airport great as Delta did in ATL. Instead they offered sub par service and amenities. I am with Delta on this one.

Anonymous

We’re too far out of the way to be a great north/south or east/west airport for the US. MIA makes geographical sense for a north/south connection from the US to Latin America and east/west from Europe to South America, which is exactly how the airport and the flights are setup now.

MIA doesn’t need a landing every 45 seconds of small planes from Tulsa, OK, Bentonville, AK, and Grand Junction, MO.

Anonymous

Those small planes from those places build a foundation for the network. Someone from Tulsa may need to go to and from Barranquilla.

Volk

Increasing frequencies to locations and adding a few cities doesn’t change anything for me. I live in and fly biweekly out of Miami and I do everything possible to avoid AA. I flew them just once last year.
Its your service thats the problem AA! Walk around MIA and find an AA emplyee engaged with a customer and not standing around chatting with one or two other employees. Come on AA execs, come on down to Miami and check it out. Dare ya.

Anonymous

It’s good news, but it’s not new service.

Anonymous

sucks that AA stopped operating wide bodies (as often) on their JFK MIA route. just saying

Anonymous

Once this epidemic is over, we should be looking at service to Chongqing. Look it up. 45 million people. Tokyo or Shanghai would be great, but if we can’t get it, let’s look at Viable alternatives.

Anonymous

Why can’t American offer nonstop daily service to SLC? The demand has to be there!!! Silicon Slopes is for real!!!

Anonymous

Delta and JetBlue serve SLC from FLL.