I don't have dog in this either. Both MIA
have substantial attractions. Neither has any non-stop service to anywhere in the Far East. PHL
is a large corporate center with manufacturing, banking, publishing, insurance, and the like. Not to mention a large 1W hub and a large residential population MSA.
Miami is really gateway to Latin America and the MIA
area itself is pretty flush with money right now. It also has a lot of corporate connections as well as trade connections.
I think the appeal to MIA
is that there is no service anywhere close to MIA
is 500+ miles away) and MIA
's (and a lot of other Latin airlines) gateway to South America and the Caribbean. Now, a lot of folks are down on South America right now for economic reasons (Venezuela, Ecuador, and Brazil), but its a large untapped market and there are a lot of cash heavy customers floating around south Florida.
I'd be thrilled to see service to either city. I think PHL
is an easier case to make owing to the distance involved, but with a 789, I will bet you can and will see AA
. Other cities have been successful with smaller population cachements (SAN