More international flights resume at Miami International Airport
Three airlines resumed flights to and from Miami International Airport (MIA) during the past two weeks and other international airlines are ramping up their service.
With just 836,000 passengers travelled through the airport in July, down 79.2 per cent from the year-ago and 152,000 international passengers in July, down 92.6 per cent from July 2019, this is welcome news for the region's largest airport and a good sign that there might be a change in demand for international travel since the pandemic.
Air France resumed service on October 6 with three weekly flights to Paris. This is the first airline to provide service out of MIA to France since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida in March.
Colombian carrier Avianca reintroduced 16 weekly flights to MIA on October 1. That includes daily service to Bogotá, Columbia; four weekly flights to Medellín, Columbia; three weekly flights to San Salvador, El Salvador; and two weekly flights to Managua, Nicaragua.
Viva Air, a Colombian-based low-cost carrier, resumed service September 30 with five weekly flights to Medellín, Columbia.
American Airlines has also ramped up its flights to the Caribbean with five times a week flights to The Bahamas, Grenada and Barbados.
There are 22 total passenger airlines operating out of MIA, and an additional 31 cargo airlines are in operation. That's still a steep decline from the 100 combined passenger and cargo airlines that operated at MIA prior to the pandemic.
The airport was one of the busiest passenger hubs in the US for international travelers, especially from South America, before the pandemic, but travel restrictions caused international travel to plummet.