MIA closing in on serving Israel’s El Al Airlines
Miami International Airport is inching closer to serving Israel’s El Al Airlines after county aviation officials visited Israel this month.
The delegation, led by Director Emilio T. González, met with senior officials from El Al and Ben Gurion International Airport, the airline’s hub, Israel’s main international airport and its busiest, 12 miles southeast of Tel Aviv.
Officials all discussed a Miami-Tel Aviv route and best practices in airport operations and security.
El Al officials first visited Miami International in February 2016 and met four months later with Miami-Dade officials at the 2016 International Air Transport Association General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit in Dublin.
“We are extremely grateful for our growing relationship with the leadership teams at El Al Airlines and Ben Gurion Airport,” Mr. González said in a statement. “The lessons learned and information shared was invaluable.
“Additionally,” he said, “as El Al considers adding new markets to its network, we appreciate the opportunity to continue discussions toward renewing service between Miami and Tel Aviv – two of the world’s most strategic destinations for air service expansion.”
El Al, which could not be reached, has invested in a top-of-the-line jet, ordering the Boeing 787.
According to Miami International Airport, many foreign carriers are in the midst of fleet revitalization and expansion, as both Boeing and Airbus are offering new, efficient, long-range planes such as the Boeing 777 and 787 and Airbus A330 and A350.
The Boeing 777, a family of the world’s largest twinjets, has a typical capacity of 314 to 451, with a range of 5,235 to 9,500 nautical miles.
Last year, Miami International welcomed six new passenger lines and four all-cargo carriers and expects five airline service launches this year. This month alone, three airlines began serving Miami International: Mexico’s Volaris, Qatar Airways Cargo and Canada’s Fir Air.