Written by Miami Today on April 26, 2012
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FROM RUSSIA: Miami International Airport’s administration confirmed Tuesday that it is in discussions with Russian airline Aeroflot to start Miami flights. Miami International spokesman Greg Chin did not provide details of the discussions, but indicated an announcement may be forthcoming. When asked about rumors that Aeroflot may start nonstop service between Miami and Moscow in the fall, Mr. Chin said: "We have been having discussions with Aeroflot, as we do with many potential airlines, but nothing is official at this point."
SEATTLE FLIGHTS: American Airlines announced this week that it will begin new nonstop flights between Miami International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on June 14. American, Miami’s largest carrier, will use a Boeing 757-200 aircraft for the daily roundtrip flights. "We are very excited to be launching this new route for our Miami and Seattle customers," Marilyn DeVoe, American’s vice president — Miami, said in a statement. "By using this new flight, Seattle-Tacoma customers will be able to easily enjoy the beaches of South Florida…. Miami residents can use the new service to reach the cool Pacific Northwest…"
COUNTY CONTRACTING: Miami-Dade’s economic development & social service committee forwarded to the full commission an item that would direct Mayor Carlos Gimenez to collect data for a disparity study on the Sustainability, Planning and Economic Enhancement Department’s Oracle database. If approved, he’s to collect and compile data relating to prime contractors, subcontractors, awards, payments and bidder information that is included in the database and have 45 days to report to the county commission. The infrastructure & land use committee also approved an item asking Mr. Gimenez to outline which Black, Hispanic and women-owned businesses are participating in county contracts issued by the Public Works and Waste Management Department and the Water and Sewer Department.
BUSINESS BOOST: Miami-Dade is boosting business. The county’s economic development & social service committee forwarded to the full commission an item directing Mayor Carlos Gimenez to create physical one-stop information and processing centers for opening a new business within the county. County documents say the centers would allow business owners to "inquire about the requirements to open a new business in the county and process the required applications and documentation."
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