The best option for the replacement of MIA would be Cancun. In geographic terms it is only located about an hour and a half's flight time from Miami, and it would be relatively easy to get 5th freedom rights from Cancun to any city in Central America. However, Cancun is an extremely low-yield market with an insignificant number of business passengers. That is why you don't already see either Iberia or AeroMexico flying directly to Madrid from Cancun. Another thing about Cancun is that it is not particularly suited for connecting passengers. It is not comfortable enough like Miami. Chepos
am I correct?
Guatemala's airport does not have modern facilities of a hub. I am not sure of this but Guatemala's airport also might have a smaller runway, which might restrict the number of passengers flying to Europe. San Salvador's Comalapa airport does have the proper infrastructure to support such a hub but it is not a good option due to its geographic location. The same could be said about Panama, which might boost the facilities to support such a hub but its location makes it the worst of any Central American city that is trying to host the hub.
In conclusion, any city just won't be able to support a hub like Miami can. I hope that IB can find a loophole to this visa problem. I'm pretty sure that the city of Miami is going to do everything in its power to stop IB from contributing precious amounts of money in the local economy but it's up to those people in Washington, which are mostly concerned with security problems at the moment, to deem the future of IB's mini-hub. Mah4546
Is it the case that many people are using the hub as an excuse to land in U.S. soil in order to apply for political asylum? I remember hearing not long ago that this was a problem with Colombians who where only supposed to use MIA as a transit point but would end up applying for political asylum instead.
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