Last week, Aviation director, Emilio Gonzalez traveled to Taipei to have meetings with key Asian airline executives and government officials to discuss possible Miami-Asia passenger service in the future.
González’ busy agenda included meetings with airline executives from the Republic of China’s flag carrier China Airlines, which is based at Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport, and with Taiwan-based EVA Air. The MDAD Director met with two of China Airlines’ top officials: Senior Vice President Hsiao-Hsing Tung and Assistant Vice President for Corporate Development Alex Tung. He also met with Andrew Su, Deputy Senior Vice President for Corporate Planning for EVA Air. Additionally, González met with the Senior Vice President of Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport, Jerry Dann. Like MIA, Taoyuan is a leading world hub for both international passengers and international freight traffic.
“Our MIA team is being very deliberate in its efforts to bring direct Asia passenger service to Miami for the first time,” said González. “Traveling to this untapped market and holding face-to-face meetings with high-level decision-makers is essential to the process, and it puts Miami squarely on the radar of these expanding Asian carriers. Taipei is a natural Asian hub that offers travelers easy access to the Chinese mainland, Southeast Asia, South Korea and Japan, so connecting it with MIA’s Latin America-Caribbean gateway makes perfect sense.”
IMO, it's not a matter of if but a matter of when MIA would see its first Asian airline. MIA-NRT makes the most sense, but AA might start that route. MIA just wants it's first Asian Airline.
What's your thoughts on this? MIA-TPE in the future with EVA Air or China Airlines??