but the variety has gone out the window ever since AA became big at MIA.
That has more to do with the fact that airlines such as AeroPeru, Faucett, Viasa, and Ecuatoriana went bankrupt and less to do with AA
major international Latin American airline, from Aeropostal to Varig, serves Miami. What more variety do you want?
Forget it. Never happening.
Never rule out SAS. They are definitley an airline that would not surprise me to come to MIA
in the future.
They have made MIA
a permanent seasonal destination after a very popular winter 04 run. Service will operate at increased frequency, 3x a week, next winter. There are rumours it will go year-round and operate in summer 05. We'll see.
Realisticlly, the following airlines could make a popular go at MIA
AeroRepublica: They are tentatively planning an MIA
launch later this or in early 2005, with service to Barranquilla and Medellin.
Kenya Airways: Look for a Kenya Airways launch around March/April 2005. It looks like it definitley is going to happen. Routing will be NBO-AMS
bmi british midland: MIA
was, literally, this
close to landing bmi this summer, and then Air Canada had a long-haul aircraft shortage and sent bmi on YYZ
. Good chance in the future.
Aer Lingus: Aer Lingus is all ready to launch MIA
, they just can't, because the US-Ireland bilatterals won't allow it, and with no budge on the 50/50 rule, they are not changing.
Aerolineas de Sur: This is AR
's new Chilean subsidiary. MIA
is, of course, in the plans.
jetBlue: Neelman himself has publicly mentioned they are looking at it. I think there is a good shot it will be launch sooner than most people would think.
Emirates: Many people may disagree, but if Emirates is for real about thier agressive expansion stragedy, MIA
will fit right into thier plan. It would definitley be one of the later US destinations added, but the market exists for 3-4 weekly flights, especially with the Dubai hub connections available.
South African Airways: A return of SAA would not surprise me in the future. Sadly, it looks like SAA will move ATL
service to IAD
, and not MIA
. I wouldn't rule them out, but I wouldn't hold my breathe.
Independence Air: Very likely for a launch this winter.
Virgin USA: Almost definitley coming to Miami when they launch.