Miami will get its first direct service to Norway and Denmark next fall when Scandinavian Airlines launches new flights.
The carrier announced Wednesday morning that it will start flying from Oslo and Copenhagen to Miami in the fall of 2016. SAS will operate seven flights a week: three to Copenhagen and four to Oslo.
“This is a big deal for us,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio González. “It fills a gap that we wanted filled.”
SAS did not say exactly when the new flights would start; travelers can book tickets later this fall. Flights will be operated on a 266-seat Airbus A330.
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The carrier also announced Wednesday that it would start flying between Los Angeles and Stockholm in March. SAS already flies to New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Houston.
Max Knagge, general manager for SAS Americas, said the airline saw potential in Miami for both leisure and business travel.
Miami International Airport has been expanding its global reach in recent years with several new international carriers. In October, Austrian Airlines will start service between Miami and Vienna; later that month, Turkish Airlines launches daily flights between Miami and Istanbul.
While the SAS flights starting next fall will be the first to the destinations from Miami, Norwegian Air Shuttle flies from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and London Gatwick.
González said aviation officials wanted travelers to be able to reach Scandinavia directly from Miami without having to travel anywhere else. Talks with SAS started “years” before the new service was announced, he said.
“It’s the same thing we’re doing with China now,” González said. He said more new service announcements will follow.
“Our strategy is to grow the airport from an Americas hub to a global hub,” he said.