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Meridiana airline to begin Milan to Miami flights

By Nancy Dahlberg

Italian airline Meridiana will begin serving Miami International Airport with two weekly flights from Milan starting on Dec. 2.

MIA’s current service to Italy includes daily direct flights to Milan with American Airlines and to Rome with Alitalia. MIA serves more than 275,000 passengers annually to and from Italy. “In the first quarter of 2016, passenger traffic from Italy to MIA was up 15 percent, and we look forward to seeing Meridiana bolster that growth trend with their new service to Milan,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González.

Founded in 1963, Meridiana is based in Olbia, Italy, and offers a wide range of flights and destinations. Its Miami flights will operate with Boeing 767-300 aircraft, which seats up to 316 passengers.

Five other airlines will be starting service from MIA in coming months. In September, Eurowings will launch three weekly flights to Cologne, Germany; Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways will start four weekly flights to Bimini, Bahamas; Scandinavian Airlines will launch daily service, with three weekly flights to Copenhagen, Denmark and four weekly flights to Oslo, Norway; and Dominican Wings will begin one weekly flight to both Punta Cana and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In October, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will return to MIA with three weekly flights to Amsterdam. MIA is currently served by 102 passenger and cargo-only airlines.