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Eastern Airlines opens a new route to Santo Domingo

Eastern Airlines (3rd) will open a new route connecting Miami with Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic starting on December 23, 2022.

The airline issued this schedule:

Oddly this scheduled route will be operated about every four weeks through March 17, 2023.

Otherwise the carrier has reverted to being mostly a charter airline.

Top Copyright Photo: Eastern Airlines (3rd) Boeing 767-336 ER N700KW (msn 25443) RIV (Michael B. Ing). Image: 958794.

Eastern Airlines (3rd) aircraft photo gallery:


French bee is coming to Miami

French bee has announced it will launch the Paris (Orly) – Miami route on December 15, 2022.

MIA joins existing service to Newark, Los Angeles and San francisco from ORY.

The French airline will operate new Airbus A350s on the route.

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RED Air DC-9-82 (MD-82) makes a hard landing at Miami, exits the runway and catches fire

Flight L5 203 from Santo Domingo to Miami on June 21, 2022, made a harding landing at MIA, gear collapsed and exited the runway and caught fire (WO). 3 people received minor injuries exiting the aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: RED Air McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) HI1064 (msn 53027) MIA (Tony Storck). Image: 956267.

RED Air McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) (HI1064, msn 53027) operating as flight L5 203 from Santo Domingo to Miami made an emergency landing at Miami International Airport this afternoon around 5:30 pm (1730) local time. 140 passengers and 11 crew members were on board.

The aircraft made a hard landing, the nose gear reportedly collapsed and the aircraft veered off the runway impacting some signage. The aircraft caught on fire and burned. Minor injuries to three people while evacuating.

The two southern runways at MIA are closed.


The airframe was originally delivered to American Airlines as N16545 on December 18, 1990.

The aircraft is a probable insurance write off (WO) due to the damage and fire.


Crashed and Destroyed aircraft photo gallery:

MIA scores GOL, regains Brasilia service

Miami International Airport (MIA) made this announcement:

Brazilian low-cost carrier makes first U.S. return since the pandemic.

On May 17, Brazilian low-cost carrier GOL resumed service at Miami International Airport for the first time since the pandemic with the first of four weekly flights to Brasilia. GOL is using 176-seat Boeing 737 MAX aircraft for the new service, which will increase to daily service starting on July 4.

GOL is currently the only airline at MIA with service to Brazil’s capital city, and Miami and Orlando are GOL’s only U.S. destinations.

GOL last operated at MIA in early 2020 with service to Brasilia and Fortaleza.

Founded in 2001, GOL operates approximately 700 flights per day with a fleet of 142 Boeing 737 aircraft. The Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Awards named GOL‚Äôs Premium Economy class the best premium economy in Latin America in 2020.

Before the pandemic, Brazil was MIA’s second-busiest international market, with 1.5 million passengers in 2019. American Airlines and LATAM Airlines provide Miami-Sao Paulo service, while American alone serves the Miami-Rio de Janeiro route. GOL is also scheduled to resume Miami-Manaus service on June 4, which will give MIA a total of four Brazilian routes.

Gol aircraft photo gallery:

Spirit Airlines announces additional pilot and flight attendant crew bases in Miami and Atlanta

Spirit Airlines has announced the addition of new Pilot and Flight Attendant bases at Miami International Airport (MIA) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) for a total of nine crew bases across the network as the airline continues to add new planes and new airports. The crew bases are projected to initially open this summer once advance preparations are finalized. Spirit expects to locate more than 100 Pilots and more than 200 Flight Attendants at each base initially, with additional crew, supervisors and support functions to follow later in the year.


Crew Bases, also known as Home Bases, are the various airport stations where commercial Pilots and Flight Attendants normally begin and end their duty periods.

The new bases will complement Spirit’s existing crew bases in Atlantic City (ACY), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Detroit (DTW), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Las Vegas (LAS) and Orlando (MCO).

Spirit’s presence at MIA started in October 2021 with service to nine destinations and grew to a total of 30 nonstop domestic and international routes in January 2022. Spirit’s big entrance at MIA made it the second largest carrier at the airport. At ATL, Spirit currently ranks as the third largest carrier for number of Guests flown and operates nonstop flights to 19¬†destinations.

(PRNewsfoto/Spirit Airlines, Inc.)


ITA Airways arrives in Miami to a water-cannon salute

Miami-Dade County and ITA Airways officials hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Miami International Airport on March 1 to celebrate the launch of Rome-Miami service by the new national airline of Italy. 

ITA Airways is beginning the new service with three weekly roundtrip flights, which will grow to five weekly flights in April and then increase to daily flights in June.

Italy was one of MIA’s top 20 international markets before the pandemic, generating nearly 400,000 total passengers in 2019. Italy is not currently served by any other airline at MIA.

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Aer Lingus to resume flights to Miami

Aer Lingus has announced that it will re-start its direct service from Dublin to Miami later this year. From October 21, 2022, customers will be able to travel direct to Miami with Aer Lingus operating two services per week until October 28, 2022 and three per week from October 29, 2022 to connect families, friends, and businesses back to the Sunshine State.

Aer Lingus is continuing to re-connect Ireland with the South-East of the US with its direct Dublin to Orlando route resuming last November, and the addition of the Miami route adds a second connection to Florida, an important destination for recreational travel from Ireland.

Aer Lingus provides 14 direct routes between North America and Ireland, including New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orlando, Washington, Seattle/Tacoma, and Philadelphia. The airline will be the only carrier offering direct flights between Ireland and West Coast USA, with daily flights to San Francisco recommencing on 25 February, daily flights to Los Angeles starting on 12 May and Seattle returning 5 times per week on 26 May. Flights to the USA from Shannon will start from 10th March, with 14 flights a week to New York and Boston.


Spirit Airlines is giving away ‘Spiritaneous’ flights at MIA to celebrate 19 new routes

Florida’s Hometown Airline is giving¬†South Florida¬†travelers the gift of More¬†Go¬†following its initial entry into¬†Miami¬†International Airport (MIA) in October.¬†Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) will launch many more nonstop routes from MIA this week, gradually increasing to a total of 31 destinations served from MIA. To celebrate, Spirit is bringing back “Spiritaneous” — a giveaway named after the spontaneous trip participants take immediately after winning.

Spiritaneous Giveaway

Participants may enter the Spiritaneous giveaway between¬†8-8:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Nov. 17, near Spirit’s counter in Concourse J, inside Door 33 on the first floor. Nineteen pairs of winners will be selected at random and can fly to most nonstop destinations that Spirit serves from MIA on¬†Nov. 17.

Spirit Airlines Nonstop Routes from MIA


Start Date:


Start Date:

Atlantic City (ACY)

Oct. 6

Detroit (DTW)

Nov. 17

Atlanta (ATL)*

Oct. 6

Hartford-Bradley (BDL)

Nov. 17

Baltimore (BWI)

Oct. 6

Houston (IAH)*

Nov. 17

Bogot√° (BOG)*

Oct. 7

Myrtle Beach (MYR)

Nov. 17

Guatemala City (GUA)*

Oct. 7

New York LaGuardia (LGA)

Nov. 17

Medellín (MDE)

Oct. 6

Orlando (MCO)*

Nov. 17

Newark (EWR)

Oct. 6

Philadelphia (PHL)*

Nov. 17

Santo Domingo (SDQ)*

Oct. 6

Raleigh-Durham (RDU)

Nov. 17

Las Vegas (LAS)*  

Nov. 16

San Juan (SJU) *

Nov. 17

Barranquilla (BAQ)*

Nov. 17

San Pedro Sula (SAP)*

Nov. 18

Boston (BOS)

Nov. 17

Tegucigalpa-Palmerola (XPL)**

Nov. 24

Cali (CLO)*

Nov. 17

Minneapolis (MSP)*

Jan. 7

Chicago O’Hare (ORD)

Nov. 17

San José, C.R. (SJO)*

Jan. 7

Cleveland (CLE)

Nov. 17

San Salvador (SAL)*

Feb. 17

Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) 

Nov. 17

St. Thomas (STT) *

Feb. 17

Denver (DEN) *

Nov. 17

*Not eligible for contest due to early time of flight on Nov. 17, start date, or entry requirements

** Pending government approval

Contest rules

  • Click here to view full contest rules.
  • Promotion¬†only¬†applies to nonstop flights departing MIA¬†between 11:40 a.m. EST and 11:59 p.m. EST¬†on¬†Nov. 17, 2021.
  • Roundtrip tickets include one checked bag and one carry-on bag (taxes and fees included).
  • Contestants limited to one contest entry per person.
  • Guests must be present in contest area near Spirit’s counter located at the arrival level of Concourse J, inside of Door 33, on the day of the event to qualify. Guests must submit their entry form¬†between 8 a.m. EST and 8:30 a.m. EST. The individual drawings for 19 pairs of tickets will start at¬†8:45 a.m.
  • Parking in the¬†Flamingo Garage¬†is closest access to Spirit’s ticket counters in Concourse J.
  • Guests must come with their bags packed and ready to go.
  • Winners must show required government identification and applicable vaccination/testing documentation at the time of booking.
  • Travelers must review travel-related requirements for the destination they plan to visit¬†and¬†the requirements for reentry back into the U.S. before their flight is booked. For more information on entry or re-entry requirements, please¬†click here¬†and scroll down to the “Travel Requirements” section.
  • Airlines and airports remain subject to federal law requiring Guests to wear an appropriate face covering at airports and on flights.

As traffic surges, MIA reopens concourses E and F areas

Miami International Airport made this announcement:

The Fall season is bringing a change in the weather and a change in airline locations at Miami International Airport. To accommodate for its rising passenger numbers, MIA reopened its Concourse F gates on November 1 and will reopen its Concourse E international arrivals facility on November 5, for the first time since the pandemic began.

Passengers arriving on international flights at MIA’s concourses E and F (except those by American Airlines) will soon have their passports screened at the reopened Concourse E federal inspection area and exit into the international greeter’s lobby located on the ground level near Door 11.

Fourteen airlines that previously used the Concourse D international arrivals facility will now use the reopened Concourse E facility. To see the international bag claim area for your flight, visit MIA’s online flight information board.

All inbound international passengers at MIA are screened with Simplified Arrival, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s enhanced passport clearance process that uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks already required for admission into the U.S. The expedited, touchless process screens as many as 10 passengers per minute.

Additionally, Frontier Airlines has relocated from MIA‚Äôs Concourse G to the newly refurbished and reopened Concourse F. While Concourse F was closed over the last year and a half, the 17-gate facility was upgraded with new lighting, flooring, seating, painting, ceiling tiles, and signage.¬†This month,¬†Frontier¬†is launching Miami service to eight domestic and two international cities, for a total of 40 destinations served from MIA ‚Äď its most ever.

Miami International Airport enters November with three airlines re-launching Miami service for the first time since the pandemic began and two other airlines making their MIA debuts.

Finnair began twice-weekly Stockholm service on October 23 and will restart Helsinki service three times per week on November 30. Fellow European carrier Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) also returns to MIA this month with three weekly flights to Copenhagen and twice-weekly flights to Stockholm on November 8 and 9 respectively, followed by weekly Oslo service scheduled to restart on November 11. Air Canada brought Canada flights back to MIA on November 1 with daily Toronto service, which is scheduled to expand to four daily flights in December. Air Canada is also scheduled to restart Montreal-Miami service back on November 6 with two weekly flights, followed by an increase to two daily flights in December.

A pair of charter passenger airlines kicked off November with Miami service launches as well. New U.S. charter airline Global Crossing Airlines (GlobalX) began three weekly charter flights to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on November 1, and plans to start five weekly flights to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and daily flights to Havana, Cuba later this month. In December, GlobalX is scheduled to launch daily flights from MIA to Las Vegas and Nassau, Bahamas. Dominican carrier RED Air started charter service at MIA on November 1 with daily flights to Santo Domingo, with plans to add a second daily flight on November 21.

Four more airlines are set to begin flying south this winter, with Aer Lingus (Dublin), KLM (Amsterdam), Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca), and Sunwing (Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City) scheduled to make their MIA returns in December and January.

The Miami service launches come as the U.S. government begins to allow vaccinated non-U.S. citizens from foreign destinations to enter the country starting November 8, for the first time since early 2020.

Note: Alaska Airlines also announced it was returning to MIA.


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Alaska Airlines restores the Seattle/Tacoma – Miami route

Alaska Airlines is restoring the SEA-MIA route with this announcement. The SEA-MIA route was moved to FLL (which will also be retained).

We’re turning up the heat and celebrating! From our home in the great Pacific Northwest, Alaska Airlines is breaking out the sunscreen, packing our best bathing suit and practicing our dance moves for our newest (old) destination: tropical Miami! The popular South Florida vacation spot becomes our 100th nonstop destination from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). We’ll start daily nonstop service between Seattle/Tacoma and Miami on June 16.

For our West Coast guests, Miami International Airport opens a new (old) frontier. The airport is a large hub, including for several of our fellow oneworld alliance members, providing easy and convenient connectivity to flights across the Caribbean and Latin America.

Think Seattle to Miami then onward to locations such as Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

See the 100 wide-ranging places we can take you to from Seattle on our Blog.

Starts City Pair Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
June 16 Seattle ‚Äď Miami 7:15 a.m. 4:15 p.m. Daily ¬†737-900
June 16 Miami ‚Äď Seattle 5:40 p.m. 9:10 p.m. Daily ¬†737-900
All times are local times

This summer,¬†Alaska¬†will serve the two major airports in¬†South Florida¬†with the addition of¬†Miami. Since 2012, we’ve provided nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and¬†Seattle, and next summer we’ll offer twice daily nonstops. We also provide wintertime seasonal service from¬†Fort Lauderdale¬†to¬†Los Angeles;¬†Portland, Oregon;¬†San Diego; and¬†San Francisco.