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MIA closing out successful 2014 with milestone 100th air carrier

In the process, MIA will achieve a noteworthy milestone, becoming the only U.S. airport to currently offer passenger and cargo service on 100 different carriers and outpacing major American air hubs.

MIAMI – Miami International Airport is finishing the year on a high note, as the global gateway will welcome its 100th air carrier later this week, further adding to its diverse service lineup. In the process, MIA will achieve a noteworthy milestone, becoming the only U.S. airport to currently offer passenger and cargo service on 100 different carriers and outpacing major American air hubs including Chicago O’Hare International Airport, New York’s JFK International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

On Tuesday, Finland’s flag carrier, Finnair, begins seasonal service between Miami and Helsinki as MIA’s 99th carrier.  Beginning on Saturday, December 20, domestic low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines will offer regular scheduled service from Miami to five U.S. destinations, marking MIA’s milestone 100th air carrier. With the additions of Finnair and Frontier, Miami International Airport’s roster of air carriers will be comprised of:   

  • 53 scheduled passenger carriers;
  • 26 scheduled all-cargo carriers;
  • 8 charter passenger carriers; and,
  • 13 charter all-cargo carriers

“Adding our 100th air carrier – and being the only U.S. airport to offer so many passenger and cargo options – is a great way to cap off another fantastic year of progress at MIA,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. Gonzalez. “Our 100-strong airline list is every bit as diverse as the community that we’re so proud to serve and support. More importantly, these carriers help drive our local economy and keep our community connected to the world.”

MIA’s standing as America’s second-busiest airport for international passengers is reflected in the 42 scheduled foreign carriers that serve the global gateway. Likewise, the airport’s top U.S. ranking for international freight is supported by a total of 26 scheduled cargo carriers, more than half of which are foreign. For a full listing and breakdown of Miami International Airport’s airline partners, see the attached document.

New MIA air carriers boost local economy
According to a recent economic impact study, the eight new airlines are projected to bring 6,800 direct and indirect jobs to the community and generate business revenues in excess of $830 million.

“Job creation and new employment opportunities are my top priorities as Mayor, and Miami International Airport continues to deliver on those fronts,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “The importance of bringing new air carriers to our community simply can’t be understated.”

The study by Martin Associates assumes that the new carriers, which include six passenger airlines and two cargo carriers, will operate at MIA for a full year. Two of the eight carriers begin operations at MIA this week, with Finland’s flag carrier, Finnair, launching seasonal Miami-Helsinki service and domestic low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines offering regular scheduled service from Miami to five U.S. destinations beginning on Saturday, December 20.

“Sustained growth – particularly in terms of new carriers – is vital to our airport’s overall success,” said Emilio T. Gonzalez. “But just as important as these new carriers are the local jobs and local economic benefits that come along with them. When our airport succeeds, our community succeeds, as well.”

MIA’s overall economic impact is $33.5 billion and the airport supports 37,000 direct jobs and 278,000 direct and indirect jobs in the community. With the addition of new service by Finnair and Frontier Airlines this week, MIA will reach a new milestone of 100 air carriers, a mark that places the global gateway first among all U.S. airports in terms of airline options.

MIA Airline List December 2014

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network | Website

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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