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MIAMI — After more than a decade of absence in Florida, Scandivanian AIrlines has announced the return to Miami in fall 2016, with two new routes from Copenhagen with 3 flights a week and four weekly flights from Oslo, in a move that also includes a new route from Los Angeles to Stockholm next March, and the increase of frequencies from Stockholm to New York and Chicago as well.

“We know that our frequent flyers want flexible travel with a good timetable and daily departures. These new direct routes together with the renewal of our long haul fleet and our broad network, mean we have far and away the strongest offer between Scandinavia and the USA. We are looking forward to offering our customers new travel opportunities and giving them a warm welcome onboard our aircraft,” says Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO of SAS.

Miami International Airport has been expanding its portfolio of destinations with several new international airlines. Next October, Austrian Airlines will start service from Vienna while Turkish Airlines is set to launch daily flights from Istanbul.

The recent announcements of these Star Alliance carriers to Miami. a oneworld alliance stronghold, seems not only to appeal to the North American market, but feed passengers to South American routes of Avianca and Copa Airlines, two major Star Alliance carriers with a prominent presence in Miami.

SAS did not say exactly when the new service would start. Flights will be operated on a 266-seat Airbus A330.

“MIami’s strategic push to become a truly global gateway is taking a big step forward with the announcement of new nonstop service to Copenhagen and Oslo aboard Scandinavian Airlines,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “We welcome SAS to Miami with open arms and together we look forward to offering our valued customers easy access to three phenomenal destinations.”