While details were rare as we went to press, it’s a big move for the Dallas-based airline, that has never functioned the Sunshine State’s second busiest airport on a scheduled basis, although it now sends Boeing 737s into the Florida hub for maintenance. Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines chairman and CEO, stated Miami will match Present services to neighbouring airports in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Carlos A Gimenez, Miami-Dade county mayor, added:”[As] Southwest Airlines [is scheduled to] begin its first-ever service in Miami International Airport, [it] will make them our newest major US airline and corporate partner in Miami-Dade county. As our tourism industry continues to rebound from the pandemic, welcoming Southwest Airlines into our community will offer a considerable infusion of business revenue and visitor spending into our local market and expand our residents’ options for air travel.”
Meanwhile, the Russian company, Azur Air, has shown intentions for a nonstop twice-weekly service between Moscow/Vnukovo and Miami from December.
In a US Department of Transportation (DoT) submitting, the connection could be operated by either Azur’s 12-strong, 336-seat Boeing 767-300ERs or its own four General Electric GE90-powered 777-300ERs.
After its request, the DoT will deem if the carrier will be allowed to begin such flights shortly. While Azur hasn’t previously flown to the US, it has operated charter flights worldwide like into the Caribbean, according to the filing.
Before the onset of COVID-19, the Russian flag carrier, Aeroflot, was the sole operator on the Moscow-Miami route. In the time of writing, Aeroflot was mooted to restart the Miami connection in October on a thrice-weekly service using Airbus A330-300s, although this remains to be seen. (Photo Flick Commons/Dan Lundberg)