Jetairfly adds Miami-Brussels link
Miami-Dade is set to gain a new connection to Europe next year.
Low-cost Belgian carrier Jetairfly will in April 2014 launch nonstop service between Miami International Airport and Brussels, Belgium – the capital of the European Union.
It will be Jetairfly’s first US route, Florida’s only non-stop connection to Brussels, and Miami International’s Airport’s 14th European destination, airport officials said. Bookings are scheduled to begin at the end of October.
“This is the seat of the European Union,” said Greg Chin, Miami-Dade Aviation Department’s communications director. “It’s a huge plus to have that kind of prestigious capital as part of our network.”
The 10-year-old airline operates along 168 routes and connects to 107 airports, according to information from the aviation department. Its fleet of 22 aircraft carried 2.8 million passengers last year. It will use Boeing 767-300ER planes offering economy- and comfort-class service on its Miami-Brussels route, beginning April 4 with service on Mondays and Fridays.
Jetairfly is part of the TUI Travel Belgium and TUI Travel PLC brands – major tourism organizations that market in scores of countries around the world.
“The launch of Brussels service at MIA is part of our plan to add strategic new destinations to our international network,” Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González said in a statement. “Brussels is one of the most influential tourism hubs in Europe and seat of the European Community government. We are extremely excited and honored that Jetairfly chose MIA as their first U.S. destination.”
This is the latest international route added by an airline at Miami International Airport.
Aruba Airlines announced plans for a new route to Oranjestad on Sept. 15; WestJet will fly to Calgary, Alberta, Canada in October; and beginning in November, American Airlines announced plans for flights to Milan, Italy, and the Brazilian destinations of Curitiba and Porto Alegre.