American Airlines announced Thursday it is adding a handful of new routes between Miami and popular U.S. cities to the west.
Miami International Airport’s largest carrier will launch the daily nonstop service to Austin and San Antonio in Texas, Salt Lake City and Kansas City, Missouri, on March 5. There is no nonstop service between Miami and any of those cities currently.
“They each have something unique,” said Marilyn DeVoe, the airline’s vice president for Miami, citing Austin’s reputation as an emerging tech hub and Salt Lake City’s winter sports.
American said that with the just-announced routes, it will serve more than 130 national and international destinations from Miami.
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“What we’re trying to do is bring more people in to connect, to move around the system,” especially to Miami’s extensive network in Latin America, DeVoe said. “Hopefully some of them will stay in Miami.”
The announcement came on the day American started daily flights between Miami and Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
“These new routes fit well with our strategic plan to expand MIA from the Gateway of the Americas to a truly global gateway that offers passengers access to primary and secondary markets here in the U.S. and around the globe,” Miami-Dade Aviation Department Director Emilio T. González said in a statement. “MIA’s strong partnership with American Airlines is helping us to achieve our goal of connecting Miami to more of the world than ever before and it is propelling our local economy forward in the process.”
This week has been eventful for MIA: On Tuesday, low-cost Frontier Airlines announced it will start flying from Miami to Denver, Philadelphia, New York’s LaGuardia International Airport and Chicago O’Hare in December.
Thursday morning, officials from the city of Miami, Mexico and Aeromexico were also scheduled to announce added flights from Miami to Mexico City and Merida, the capital of the state of Yucatan. The airline will add fourth and fifth weekly flights to Merida and a fourth daily frequency to Mexico City.