FYI Miami: November 6, 2014
ADDITIONAL FLIGHTS: Denver-based carrier Frontier Airlines plans to add twice-weekly service between Miami International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport beginning Dec. 21. The new nonstop Miami-Washington service is to begin the same day Frontier launches nonstop flights from MIA to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Flights to Washington Dulles will operate Thursdays and Sundays, using the carrier’s 168-seat Airbus A320 aircraft. On Dec. 20, Frontier is to launch nonstop service from Miami to Denver, Philadelphia and New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Frontier will total five domestic destinations and 40 weekly departures as it enters the Miami market.
HOTELS IN TOP FIVE: The Miami area’s hotels ranked fourth in the nation in average room revenue per available room and in average daily room rates in the first nine months of this year and fifth in average occupancy. The average revenue per available room was $145.10, up 6.8% from the first nine months in 2013. The average daily room rate was $183.73, up 5.1% from 2013. Average occupancy was 79%, up 1.6%. New York, Oahu Island, Hawaii, and San Francisco were one, two and three in the rate categories, with New York’s average daily room rate at $252.53 and its average revenue per available room at $213.66. Oahu Island was first in occupancy at 85.2%.
METROMOVER CLOSURES: If you planned to use the Metromover this weekend to commute around the City of Miami, you should make other plans. The Metromover will be shut down during the weekend when crews will be doing repair and track work on the elevated train that circulates on a 4.4-mile loop in Miami. The Metromover will shut down at 9 p.m. Friday. In addition, this week the Brickell and Omni extensions will shut down at 9 p.m. To accommodate passengers, a free bus shuttle will transport passengers between Metromover stations. For a map showing where the buses will stop, visit http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/metromover.asp. Regular Metromover service is to resume at 5 a.m. Monday.
WE’LL SECOND THAT: Many major improvements are coming to part of Northeast Second Avenue in Miami. The city commission approved a Joint Participation Agreement with Miami-Dade County for the job. The county wants the city to contract and construct the project, and is handing the city $4,452,661 to reconstruct Northeast Second Avenue from Northeast 42nd to 51st streets. Work includes a new stormwater system, sidewalks, curb and gutters, pavement markings, signage, signals, decorative lighting and landscaping. Mark Spanioli, city capital improvements director, said work should begin in January.