On June 10, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and the Civil Aviation Authority of Paraguay officially signed a Sister Airports agreement between Miami International Airport and Asunción Silvio Pettirossi International Airport, establishing a commitment by both airports to assist each other in improving their passenger and cargo operations.
The airports committed to exchange information regarding their passenger and cargo operations, planned infrastructure developments, and air service development and general marketing research.
A Miami-Dade County trade mission to Paraguay in November 2019 led by Commissioner Souto included MIA Director and CEO Lester Sola and PortMiami Director and CEO Juan Kuryla.
After meeting with government and private sector leaders, both sides agreed to work on creating Miami-Asunción air service and to draft a Sister Airport agreement with Asunción International Airport and a Sister Seaport agreement with the Port of Asunción. Both agreements were approved by the Board of County Commissioners in October 2020, and Eastern Airlines began two weekly passenger flights between Asunción and MIA in January 2021. The two weekly nonstop flights between MIA and Paraguay’s capital city of half a million people are served by Boeing B767-300 aircraft that seat 226 passengers.