What's New @ MIA - 2012 (2nd Quarter)

 

 
 June 2012
 

 

Aeromexico is Moving to MIA’s South Terminal Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 

Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, is moving to  Miami International Airport’s South Terminal, Concourse H this July 1st, and invites all passengers to take advantage of the terminal’s more spacious and updated check-in area as well as modern boarding gates within a SkyTeam design terminal. 


South Terminal Exterior - Photo by Steven Brooke

With this move Aeromexico will introduce new check-in self service kiosks to facilitate and expedite the check-in process for passengers. Aeromexico passengers will also have access to Delta’s attractive VIP lounge, with amenities such as a business center and complimentary snacks. Concourse H also offers passengers more stores and dining options, while travelers await their flights.

Moving to the South Terminal, Concourse H, will give passengers a more enjoyable experience at Miami International Airport while allowing Aeromexico to be closer to its strategic partner, Delta Airlines. With this move, Aeromexico reaffirms its commitment to its clients by offering the best in service and convenience – taking passengers where they need to be when they want to get there. To book these or any Aeromexico flight, please consult a local travel agent or visit the website at www.aeromexico.com or call 1-800-237-6639. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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American Airlines To Add Nonstop Service Between Miami And Asuncion, Paraguay Click here to download Adobe Reader 

MIAMI, June 11, 2012 -- American Airlines today announced it will offer nonstop service between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Asuncion, Paraguay's Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (ASU) four times per week beginning Nov. 15. The new service will be operated by a Boeing 757 aircraft.

"This is great news that we have been working on for 20 years – to start direct non-stop flights to the United States," said Dr. Nicanor Cespedes Cespedes, President of the National Civil Aeronautics Directorare (DINAC, by its acronym in Spanish). "The new American Airlines nonstop flight from Asuncion to Miami will offer more options for local passengers and help strengthen Paraguay's economy, including tourism to our country."

American Airlines To Add Nonstop Service Between Miami And Asuncion, Paraguay

"American is proud to be the only airline linking Paraguay and the United States with nonstop service," said Virasb Vahidi, American's Chief Commercial Officer. "Our customers now have even more destinations to choose from when traveling to Latin America."

Here is the schedule for the new service (all times shown are local):

From To Flight # Departs Arrives Frequency
Miami (MIA) Asuncion (ASU) 217* (nonstop) 11:40 PM 9:40 AM T, Th, S, Su
Asuncion (ASU) Miami (MIA) 218* (nonstop) 11:00 AM 5:05 PM M, W, F, Su
                     

*pending government approval.

From its Miami hub, American offers nearly 300 daily flights to more than 35 countries throughout Europe, North America and South America. This June, American will offer nearly 800 weekly flights to more than 40 cities throughout Latin America, including Mexico, Central America and South America. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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MIA’s Website Enhanced for Smartphone Users

Browsing Miami International Airport’s website just became easier now that the site has been optimized for viewing on smartphones and mobile devices. Travelers using web-enabled mobile devices who visit MIA’s homepage at www.miami-airport.com will benefit from specifically designed pages with a format that makes it easier to find flight and airline information. Download speeds are much faster and new pages will automatically load when users visit MIA’s website with a mobile device. The mobile site was designed and developed by FlightView® in conjunction with the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.

 

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In April, MIA launched free WiFi service to select travel-related websites (http://airportwifi.com/MIA/). Now passengers at MIA can use the airport’s WiFi system to view the new mobile site to help with real-time travel information. Continue

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ACI-NA Names Winners of 2012 Excellence in Airport Marketing and Communications Contest Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) announced that 26 airports are winners of its 2012 Excellence in Marketing and Communications Contest, with Vancouver International Airport taking home the top honor. In a close contest, Vancouver, Canada’s second busiest airport, edged out last year’s winner Miami International Airport, as well as Houston Airport System, and is receiving the top honor, the Peggy G. Hereford Overall Award for Excellence.

Vancouver placed first in two categories and received six overall awards, while Miami and Houston each received five awards.

Vancouver
Miami
Houston

This year, nearly 50 airports and airport authorities submitted a record 250 entries in the contest, which encompasses categories that recognize work in marketing and public relations, and provides airports the opportunity to be honored for the quality of their work.  Awards are distributed in 20 categories ranging from brochures, advertising, marketing and public relations campaigns, newsletters, special events, video and film productions, to social media campaigns and websites. Again this year, communications and marketing professionals from the U.S. and Canada served as judges to review contest entries.

The Peggy G. Hereford award is widely recognized throughout the airport industry as the highest honor an airport can earn in the marketing and communications field.  The award recognizes creativity in communicating the airport’s message, effectiveness in connecting with audiences, and the overall scope of the airport’s effort in marketing and public relations.  The award’s goal is to spotlight the commitment and dedication of the winning airport’s accomplishments in marketing and communications.  Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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June 2, 2012

Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Honors José Abreu, Aviation Director

 José Abreu Biography

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 José Abreu to Receive Excellence in Tourism Award Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 Photos (Soul of Miami)

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On Saturday, June 2, 2012, Aviation Director José Abreu was honored by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce as the recipient of the “Excellence in Tourism Award” during this year’s 90th Annual Dinner Gala and Silent Action.

The Excellence in Tourism Award is given to notable individuals or companies whose insight, leadership and nobility have contributed significantly to the tourism industry in Miami Beach.  Video

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Dutch Antilles Express Begins MIA-Curacao Service

Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) received a water cannon salute upon its inaugural arrival at Miami International Airport on Friday, June 1.

DAE is the latest air carrier to provide service at MIA with a daily flight between MIA and Curacao using MD-83 aircraft. DAE marks the third carrier flying daily service to the Caribbean nation, joining American Airlines and Insel Air. Continue

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Airport Exhibit Celebrates History of Miami Aviation Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 

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Aviation in Miami: The First 100 Years

A photography exhibit at Miami International Airport (MIA) celebrates one hundred years of flight in Miami, from the first flight in 1911 to the airport’s current status as the second busiest passenger airport in the United States. The exhibit is in the Central Terminal, Concourse E, just past the security checkpoint. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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 May 2012
 

 

American Airlines Applies For Additional Brazil Frequencies Click here to download Adobe Reader 

MIA Welcomes New Barcelona Service by American Airline

  AA Press Release

In the News:

  American Seeking to Boost Brazil Flights (Sun Sentinel)

 

American Sees New Opportunities to Increase its Presence in Brazil and Add Service from its Miami and New York - JFK Hubs

American Airlines filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for the right to fly 17 additional U.S. – Brazil weekly frequencies later this year.

American said it will use these frequencies to add service from its Miami and New York – JFK hubs to cities in Brazil. American proposes to increase its current service between JFK and Sao Paulo, as well as between Miami and Rio de Janeiro.  American also proposes to convert its daily Miami to Recife-Salvador, Brazil one-stop service to non-stop flights five days per week between Miami and Recife and between Miami and Salvador.

American Airlines Applies For Additional Brazil Frequencies
Photo: AA.com

American also serves Brazil from Miami to Belo Horizonte, Brasilia and Sao Paulo; from JFK to Rio de Janeiro; and from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.  With more than 80 weekly flights, American operates more service to Brazil than any other U.S. airline. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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Delta to Add Fifth MIA-LaGuardia Flight Starting Dec. 15

Delta Air Lines  said this week it plans to add a fifth daily flight between Miami International Airport and New York’s LaGuardia International starting Dec. 15, 2012.
The additional flight will come just nine months after Delta started new nonstop service from Miami to LaGuardia in March, as part of its expansion plans at the New York airport – its newest hub.

Delta has 112 employees at MIA, where it has been operating since 1955 and is the oldest carrier in Miami.  The Atlanta-based carrier also flies from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Palm Beach International airports to LaGuardia. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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Russia's Aeroflot Plans Miami Route Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Aeroflot – Russian Airlines will commence scheduled passenger flights from Moscow to MIA effective October 28, 2012.  Aeroflot will operate three (3) weekly flights utilizing Airbus A330-200 aircraft, and is a Skyteam alliance member.

Russia's Aeroflot Plans Miami Route
Photo: Aeroflot.ru

With the arrival of Aeroflot, MIA will be served by two Russian carriers inclusive of Transaero. Combined, they will offer five weekly frequencies to Moscow’s two international airports, Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo, respectively.  Russian resident and visitor demographics continue to rise in greater Miami and in Florida. Passenger traffic between Russia and the USA grew 24 percent during 2011.  Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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airberlin: More flights to Miami year-round from Dusseldorf

airberlin has adjusted planned North America Winter service from Dusseldorf, where service to Los Angeles is being converted from seasonal to year-round, while Miami will receive additional service, starting 28OCT12.

airberlin: More flights to Miami year-round from Dusseldorf
Photo: airberlin.com

Dusseldorf – Miami
Winter frequencies increases from 3 weekly (in W11) to 6 weekly

AB7000 DUS0905 – 1340MIA 332 x27
AB7000 DUS0950 – 1425MIA 332 7
AB7001 MIA1605 – 0700+1DUS 332 x12
AB7001 MIA1615 – 0710+1DUS 332 1

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New Metrorail Service to MIA Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Metrorail About to Link Airport to Downtown and Suburbs

 

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If you're anything like Avi Tryson, you don't like what it costs to leave your car parked at the airport. "It'll be an extra 75 to 100 bucks for me to travel," Tryson said. By the end of the summer, however, everything is scheduled to change.  "This is going to give people choices," said Albert Hernandez with Miami Dade Transit.
Hernandez gave Local 10's Sasha Andrade an exclusive look at the Miami Intermodal Station.  "This is the end of the terminal station for a 2 1/2 mile stretch of our Metrorail system," he said.

Once construction is completed this summer, you will be able to take the existing Metrorail from Dadeland, through downtown, and all the way to the Miami International airport.  "We'll have two lines now," Hernandez said. "The green line which provides service to the Palmetto, and the orange line which will provide service to the airport."

Frequent flyer Joe Cuzan doesn't usually take mass transit, but he's sold on spending a couple of dollars to get to MIA and a couple of dollars to leave.  "If it's practical and it works, I'll use it," he said. In fact, county officials believe the link to the airport will jumpstart ridership by about 7,000 or 8,000 people per day. They say the new stretch of rail launches our 30-year-old system into the future. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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THANKS AGAIN and the MIA Shops & Restaurants Launch Automated Loyalty Program for Shopping and Dining Customers in MIA Click here to download Adobe Reader 

THANKS AGAIN, LLC has partnered with MIA Concessions to enable Miami International Airport passengers and employees to automatically earn extra airline miles when they shop or dine throughout the 12th largest airport in North America.

 MIA Shops

 THANKS AGAIN, LLC

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 PR Web

 MIA travelers can now earn airline miles shopping, dining at airport (Sun Sentinel)



 

THANKS AGAIN, LLC has partnered with MIA Concessions to enable Miami International Airport passengers and employees to automatically earn extra airline miles when they shop or dine throughout the 12th largest airport in North America. Passengers securely and conveniently enroll in the program for free at http://www.thanksagain.com/MIA and can earn 1 mile for every dollar spent while shopping and dining at participating merchants. This includes an opportunity to earn up to 25,000 bonus miles every 90 days based on cumulative registered card purchases at over 170 airports and 25,000 local businesses in the U.S. and Canada.

THANKS AGAIN and the MIA Shops & Restaurants Launch Automated Loyalty Program for Shopping and Dining Customers in MIA

“We have been looking for an automated travel reward loyalty program for some time and are very excited to acknowledge Miami passengers by rewarding them with their favorite airline miles,” explains Adrian Songer, Chief of Airport Concessions Business Development, Miami -Dade Aviation Department. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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MIA Honors Volunteer Ambassador of the Year

When Rossana Palacios relocated to Miami from Ecuador in 2003 as a 21-year-old and experienced the challenges of landing at a busy international airport, she promised herself she would do something to help others in her situation. She has kept her promise since becoming a Volunteer Ambassador at MIA four years ago, and was recognized for her service and dedication as the MIA Volunteer Ambassador of the Year at the airport's annual gala dinner on April 27.

“We honored Rossana with this award, but we are the ones who are truly honored to have her as one of our volunteer ambassadors,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Department Terminal Operations and Customer Service Division Director Dickie Davis. “She is another shining example of the dedicated men and women who generously devote their personal time to making a positive first impression on our passengers.”

At MIA's Volunteer Ambassador Recognition Gala: GMCVB President and CEO William D. Talbert III;
At MIA's Volunteer Ambassador Recognition Gala: GMCVB President and CEO William D. Talbert III; Rossana's husband, David Baidal; Rossana Palacios; and MDAD Director José Abreu.

Palacios received two round trip tickets from American Airlines to fly anywhere in the continental U.S., the Caribbean or Mexico, and was honored by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, Miami-Dade Aviation Department Director José Abreu and Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau President and Chief Executive Officer William D. Talbert III.

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 April 2012
 

 

MIA Named Among America's 10 Best Airports, Sets New Passenger Record

Miami International Airport (MIA) this month was named one of the 10 best airports in America in 2011 by the readership of Travel and Leisure magazine, who rated U.S. airports on their facilities, services and overall attributes (see website).

Additionally, after a record-breaking year for passenger traffic in 2011, MIA surged to a new record in the first quarter of 2012 with the most passengers ever during that period. More than 10.2 million travelers passed through MIA in the first three months of the year for an increase of 9.5 percent over the same period last year.

Through March, international passenger traffic increased by 11 percent and domestic passengers grew 8.1 percent over last year. In the last two quarters, MIA has overtaken New York's JFK Airport as the U.S. airport with the most international flights. According to a preliminary report from Airports Council International, MIA was also the 18th busiest passenger airport worldwide for the month of January, moving up from 26th in calendar year 2011 (see report).   Continue

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Best: No. 10 - Miami International (MIA)

America's Best and Worst Airports
Photo: Steven Brooke

If you’re landing here to party at South Beach, you won’t have to travel too far; the airport is ranked sixth for location. And after those late nights, you can recover with a treatment at one of the airport’s No. 3-rated spas before heading home. You’d be smart to carry on any designer duds; the airport ranked 13th for baggage handling and for the check-in and security process. Readers also faulted the airport for lack of kids’ zones, but that may be beside the point for the Miami crowd. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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MIA Launches New WiFi Service for Passengers

 

 

Travelers at Miami International Airport can now visit select travel-related websites at no charge while in the airport through a new WiFi service provided by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD). Access to websites for airlines, hotels, rental car companies, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, MIA and Miami-Dade County are now complimentary through MIA's WiFi network portal (http://airportwifi.com/MIA/). The new service offers greater online access to MIA passengers who need to make adjustments to their travel arrangements or need information regarding local tourist attractions.


http://airportwifi.com/MIA/

All other internet use on MIA's network is available at a rate of $7.95 for 24 continuous hours or $4.95 for the first 30 minutes. Access is also available to subscribers of roaming partners including Boingo, iPass and T-Mobile and their respective partners at no additional fee.

“While it remains cost-prohibitive for airports with MIA's size and passenger volume to provide unrestricted WiFi service, offering travelers complimentary access to select websites that can improve their travel experience is an additional customer service enhancement for our 38 million guests who travel through MIA each year,” said MDAD Deputy Director Miguel Southwell. Continue

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American Airlines to Launch New Service Between Miami and Seattle Click here to download Adobe Reader 

 

 

Night Flight Allows Easy Connections for Customers Bound for the Caribbean and Latin America and Offers Miami Customers Easy Access to the Pacific Northwest.


American Airlines to Launch New Service Between Miami and Seattle
Photo: Wiki

Seattle joins Barcelona and Manaus, Brazil, as the third new destination from Miami we have added this year."

Here is the schedule, effective June 14, 2012:

  • From Seattle – Miami

    Flight 1085 departs SEA at 9:25 p.m.; Arrives MIA at 6:25 a.m. (next day)

  • From Miami – Seattle

    Flight 1087 departs MIA at 8:25 p.m.; Arrives SEA at 11:45 p.m.


The new flight will feature Boeing 757-200 aircraft with 22 First Class seats and 166 Main Cabin seats. American is currently upgrading its fleet of 101 Boeing 757s to enhance the customer experience. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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April 19, 2012

New Miami International Arrival Hub Can Clear 3,600 Passengers an Hour Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport Runway Extension Now Open


 North Terminal Development Program The New MIA (Capital Improvement Program)

 

Flying into Miami should get easier for international travelers when Miami International Airport opens a new Federal Inspection Services facility this summer. The three-level, 400,000-square-foot area is scheduled to partially open in July, with all 72 passport control lanes operating to process international arrivals. "Once fully complete, the new FIS area will be able to process 3,600 international passengers per hour upon their arrival to the US," said Miami International spokesman Greg Chin.

New Miami International Arrival Hub Can Clear 3,600 Passengers an Hour

The new area features 10 baggage claim carrousels, five of which will open in July on the second level. The ground level features a new greeter's lobby. The new Federal Inspection Services area is twice the size of the airport's current federal inspection area in Concourse E, which currently serves American Airlines' international flights. The new federal inspection area is one of the last parts of the airport's multibillion-dollar North Terminal construction project to be completed. The only things remaining to be done on the terminal project is the completion of the federal inspection area and three gates nearest to the old baggage handling system, Mr. Chin said. Continue Click here to download Adobe Reader 

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Metrorail About to Link Airport to Downtown and Suburbs Click here to download Adobe Reader 

Metrorail About to Link Airport to Downtown and Suburbs

 AirportLink (Miami Dade Transit)
 AirportLink Fact Sheet Click here to download Adobe Reader (Hoja de Datos del AirportLink)

 Miami Central Station webpage (MIA)
 Miami Central Station Website (MIC)
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 Miami Central Station Photos Click here to download Adobe Reader (MIC)

In the News

 Massive Multimodal Miami Central Station Taking Shape (Miami Today)

 

AirportLink to be tested this spring, open for the public in the summer

Miami’s first mass-transit rail directly linking Miami International Airport to downtown and the county’s outlying suburbs is about to start operating. With construction almost complete, the “AirportLink” Metrorail extension is scheduled for testing this spring and to start serving the public sometime this summer, said Miami- Dade Transit spokeswoman Karla Damian.

The 2.4-mile elevated heavy rail extension will run from the new Miami Intermodal Center next to the airport to Metrorail’s Earlington Heights station. The new link means passengers will be able to travel to and from the airport and Metrorail’s 22 other stations that link Miami’s urban core and central business districts to surrounding communities such as Hialeah and Medley to the northwest and Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, South Miami and Kendall to the southwest.

At the Intermodal Center, AirportLink will enable riders to connect to other train systems such as Amtrak intercity service, the South Florida commuter Tri-Rail and an “Automated People Mover” light rail to the airport’s terminals. AirportLink riders also will have access there to Greyhound and county buses, taxis and rental cars. A specific start date for the AirportLink line still needs to be set, Ms. Damian said. “We’re looking at how the testing goes, and we’re integrating new equipment to our existing equipment, so we need to be testing that, too,” she said.

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Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport Runway Extension Now Open

Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport Runway Extension Now Open

 Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport

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  Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport runway extension opens (South Florida Business Journal)
  Kendall - Tamiami Executive Airport runway extension now open (Travel Daily News)
  Kendall - Tamiami Opens Newly Extended Runway (Aviation News Today)
   Kendall - Tamiami Opens Newly Extended Runway (Kendall Gazette)  (Aviation News Today)

On Wednesday, April 11, federal, state and county officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport's newly extended runway, which adds 1,000-feet to the airport's primary 5,000-foot south runway.

Cutting the ceremonial ribbon, from left to right: Florida Department of Transportation District Six Secretary Gus Pego; State Representative Frank Artiles; U.S. Representative David Rivera; Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez; U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart; Board of County Commissioners Chairman Joe A. Martinez; FAA Program Manager Krystal Ritchey; and Miami-Dade Aviation Director José Abreu
Cutting the ceremonial ribbon, from left to right: Florida Department of Transportation District Six Secretary Gus Pego; State Representative Frank Artiles;
U.S. Representative David Rivera; Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez; U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart; Board of County Commissioners Chairman Joe A. Martinez; FAA Program Manager Krystal Ritchey; and Miami-Dade Aviation Director José Abreu.

The new runway will allow nearly any of the new generation corporate and private jet aircraft to carry increased fuel and/or cargo load and fly to key destinations in Central and South America and the Caribbean, which was previously impossible without intermediate refueling stops. Kendall-Tamiami serves as a key reliever airport for Miami International Airport, but had been hindered in that effort by the limitations of its former 5,000-foot runways. Continue

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MIA Welcomes New Barcelona Service by American Airlines

 

 

 

 

On April 3, Miami-Dade Aviation Department and American Airlines officials celebrated the airline’s inaugural flight from Miami International Airport to Barcelona. The flight will operate five times a week until June 14, when it begins daily service. The flights will utilize Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 225 seats, which include 30 business class seats and 195 seats in the main cabin. Barcelona is the 111th destination and fourth in Europe served by American and its regional carrier American Eagle from MIA

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Cutting the ribbon for the first flight are: José Abreu, Miami-Dade Aviation Director; Marilyn DeVoe, American Airlines Vice President, Miami Operations; Peter Dolara, American Airlines Senior Vice President, Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean; and Javier Ricardo, American Airlines flight crew member.

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