The inaugural Miami-Bimini flight receives a water-cannon salute from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. (PRNewsfoto/Miami International Airport)
On May 3, officials from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and Bahamasair celebrated the airline’s launch of four weekly flights between Miami and Bimini with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gate reception at Miami International Airport for the route’s first passengers.
Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola (center) and officials from Bahamasair and the Bahamas cut the ceremonial ribbon at the launch of direct service to Bimini. (PRNewsfoto/Miami International Airport)
The inaugural departure flight to Bimini was sent off to the rhythm of a Junkanoo band and received a water cannon salute from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.
Bahamasair celebrates the Bimini launch with a Junkanoo band. (PRNewsfoto/Miami International Airport)
Bahamasair currently flies to Nassau from Miami daily. The new route, served by ATR 42 aircraft that seats 50 passengers, will be MIA’s only service to Bimini and its seventh destination in the Bahamas. More than half a million passengers travel between MIA and the Bahamas annually.
Bahamasair is the latest airline to launch new service at MIA this year, following LATAM Airlines beginning a weekly flight to Salvador, Brazil – MIA’s ninth Brazilian destination – on April 29. Next month, Air Italy will enter the Miami market with four weekly flights to Milan on June 8; and American Airlines will launch daily service to Savannah, Georgia on June 7, followed by a weekly flight to Bonaire, Lesser Antilles on June 9. Later this year, Brazilian low-cost carrier GOL will return to MIA with daily flights to Brasilia and Fortaleza on November 4, and American Airlines will launch new service to Georgetown, Guyana; Pereira, Colombia; and St. Vincent and the Grenadines in December.
Delta Air Lines will begin serving Havana, Cuba, this fall from New York-JFK, Atlanta and Miami as a result of today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Delta applauds and thanks the DOT for awarding the airline the ability to resume operating daily, nonstop scheduled service to the Caribbean island for the first time in almost 55 years.
All routes are subject to Cuban regulatory approval. Delta will begin selling seats to Havana this summer.
Delta inherited passenger service to Havana, Cuba, from its merger with Chicago and Southern Air Lines (C&S) on May 1, 1953, offering nonstop flights from New Orleans. Political instability and profitability issues ultimately led Delta to suspend service on December 1, 1961.
From 2002-2004 Delta operated charters between New York-JFK and Havana. In October 2011, Delta began operating up to a dozen charter flights to Havana per week with daily service from Miami and weekly service from Atlanta and New York-JFK. It operated almost 500 trips before suspending service on December 29, 2012. Most recently, in 2015, Delta performed three ad hoc charter flights including one that carried the Minnesota Orchestra back to Cuba for its first performance on the island in more than 85 years.
Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-832 WL N3765 (msn 30819) JFK (Stephen Tornblom). Image: 921237.
VivaColombia (Medellin) launched its first service in the United States yesterday (December 2) when it began flights between Miami International Airport and Medellín, Colombia. The budget carrier, which already serves 11 cities in Colombia and three other destinations in Latin America, will also begin Miami-Bogotá service on December 16. The new flights will utilize 180-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.
VivaColombia’s Miami-Medellín flights, which operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arrive in Miami at 10:10 a.m. and depart to Medellín at 11:50 a.m. The Miami-Bogotá schedule, which will also operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, will arrive in Miami at 7:05 p.m. and depart to Bogotá at 8:35 p.m.
VivaColombia is Colombia’s second-largest airline, the nation’s leading budget carrier, and MIA’s sixth international low-cost carrier.
Eurowings (Dusseldorf) has announced it will begin service from Miami International Airport to Cologne/Bonn — Germany’s fourth-largest destination — beginning on May 1, 2016. The airline’s first-ever Miami service will operate three weekly flights using 310-seat Airbus A330 aircraft, which feature 21 premium seats and 289 in economy. The route will mark MIA’s third German carrier, after Lufthansa and Airberlin; its fifth German destination, along with Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich; and its 20th European destination.
Miami-Cologne flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, with inbound flights scheduled to arrive in Miami at 4:10 p.m. and scheduled departures to Cologne at 5:55 p.m.
Eurowings is part of the Lufthansa Group.
Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-203 B-16301 (later D-AXGA) (msn 530) arrives at Hamburg.
Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) is opening for sales of tickets to two new Scandinavian destinations from Miami. The routes to Norway’s capital Oslo and to Denmark’s capital Copenhagen will be served four and three times a week respectively and thus offering 190,000 seats yearly to and from Miami and Scandinavia.
SAS is the first airline to serve Miami International Airport with direct routes to Oslo and Copenhagen with first flight to Copenhagen on September 28 and to Oslo on September 29, 2016. The year round routes will be served with an Airbus 330-300 redesigned with completely new and ultra modern cabins. Departures to Copenhagen are three times weekly Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and departures to Oslo are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
British Airways (London) will begin flying its new double decker Airbus A380 between Miami and London (Heathrow) this weekend. The inaugural flight, flight BA209, will touch down at Miami International Airport on Sunday, October 25 and will depart as the BA208 the same evening.
The BA A380 can accommodate up to 469 customers across four cabins, including 14 First suites, 97 Club World business class seats with full flatbeds, 55 spacious seats in the private World Traveller Plus (premium economy) cabin, and 303 in World Traveller (economy).
At launch, British Airways will offer twice-daily service; the first departure will continue on the Boeing 747-400 aircraft, while the second departure will now feature the Airbus A380.
Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-841 G-XLEE (msn 148) departs from London’s Heathrow Airport.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will not restore the seasonal Miami – Frankfurt route next summer according to Airline Route. The carrier had planned to operate a Boeing 767-300 ER on the route daily between May 12, 2016 and September 1, 2016.
Copyright Photo: Rob Finlayson/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-323 ER N369AA (msn 25196) lands at Miami International Airport (MIA).
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