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MIA Could Soon Add Flights To Africa, Ireland And Israel

Regularly scheduled passenger flights to Africa, Ireland, and Israel could soon be added at Miami International Airport.

South African Airways is considering connecting MIA to three African cities, TNM has learned. The airline would add a triangular Johannesburg – Cape Town – Miami – Johannesburg route. In addition, a second flight from Johannesburg would fly to Abidjan, Ivory Coast and then on to Miami.

In order to start the service, South African is requesting an exemption from Star Alliance to enter into an agreement with another carrier, and a meeting between the two sides is scheduled for this month. Should the alliance and airline’s board approve, the flights could be announced later this month and start in May 2016.

To Ireland, Aer Lingus is considering a Dublin-Miami flight. MIA officials traveled to Ireland to meet with the airline in August, but were told that the service likely wouldn’t start until the Summer of 2017.

Airport staff also continue to heavily court El Al, and held discussions with the airline in recent weeks. Traffic between Miami and Tel Aviv has grown 55 percent since 2009 despite the lack of a nonstop flight. Some of that traffic was funneled on American Airlines through Philadelphia, and MIA officials hope that American’s decision to pull out of Israel will lure El Al back to Miami.

KLM has also recently expressed interest in returning on the Amsterdam-Miami route. At the same time, Amsterdam’s airport has been lobbying American Airlines to start the route.

 

 

 

cape town/photo:renate dodell

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MB
MB

I hope they will add a flight to Asia soon too…

Anonymous
Anonymous

Qatar has a daily nonstop to Doha 😉

Anonymous
Anonymous

Doha is the wrong direction…its the Middle East. Tokyo, Beijing, Taipei, Honk Kong, Shanghai should be on the flight schedule….

Anonymous
Anonymous

Israel and Qatar are Asian countries. Excluding Egypt and Turkey to an extent, the Middle East is West Asia, and obviously the OP was referring to East Asia.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The Middle East is South Asia and what is needed are westbound routes to Asia.

Anonymous
Anonymous

We should also try to add Emirates/Etihad and anyone in East Asia.

Sam
Sam

Also don’t forget that EuroWings is coming to Miami on May 1st, three times a week from Cologne, Germany. It has cancelled plans to fly Ft. Lauderdale.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Where did you hear this?

Sam
Sam

It was announced last week by EuroWings. Surprised people haven’t picked it up. Google News Germany search pulls it up.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Cathay Pacific! Miami is an AA hub. Makes sense to add One World carriers

Anonymous
Anonymous

I agree. They have said they have interest this past year. Let’s hope they do come.

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