Miami International Airport adds airlines to Brazil, others
Passengers looking to fly out of Miami International Airport to Brazil this summer will have an easier time doing so beginning the end of this month.
Though Miami International Airport has announced six new airline launches for the year, Avianca Brasil is anticipated to be the only one set to launch this summer.
February saw the launch of three new routes – Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris, Qatar Airways Cargo and Canadian airline First Air – and April welcomed the launch of one – low cost transatlantic airline WOW Air – but the airport took a pause before announcing in April that Avianca Brasil would launch June 23.
The daily passenger service will be between Miami International Airport and Sao Paulo. The flights will be served by Airbus A330-200 aircraft that seat 238 passengers.
Miami will be the first US destination and only the second outside of Brazil for the airline, which has operated freighter service at Miami International since 2015.
Avianca Brasil, which has been a scheduled carrier since 2002, currently serves 22 destinations in Brazil and one in Colombia with 230 daily flights, carrying 9.4 million passengers in 2016.
It will be Miami International’s third airline serving Brazil, the airport’s top international market which served more than 2 million total passengers last year.
After the summer launch of Avianca Brasil, the airline will take a pause until September, when Aer Lingus, the national airline of Ireland, will launch first-ever service from Dublin with three weekly flights.
It will also be the airport’s first pre-clearance transatlantic destination, essentially allowing passengers to receive US Customs and Border Protection clearance before they leave Ireland, meaning they will arrive in Miami as domestic fliers.
Perhaps the most anticipated launch of the year will come in November as EL AL Israel Airlines makes a home at Miami International, the sixth destination in North America for the airline. It will offer three nonstop flights to Tel Aviv.