MIAMI — Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) launched a third route to Miami International Airport (MIA) on October 29, following the success on its already existing Oslo and Copenhagen routes.
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The new Stockholm-Arlanda (ARN) flights will operate once-a-week week, departing Stockholm at 09:25 and arriving into Miami at 14:15. The return is set to depart MIA at 16:05, and arriving in the Swedish capital at 07:35 the following morning.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony at MIA, the inaugural departure of SAS flight #958 to ARN received a water cannon salute from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. The new route gives MIA nonstop service to all five Nordic cities: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavik, and now Stockholm.
With this new route, SAS matches route offerings at the neighboring Fort Lauderdale International Airport, which hosts Norwegian Air with flights to all three Nordic cities, as well as to London-Gatwick and Paris-Orly.
“We are thrilled that SAS has chosen to expand its presence at MIA and add to the Copenhagen and Oslo routes it launched just a year ago,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González.
According to González, with this new addition “MIA now serves 25 destinations throughout Europe,” the most ever in airport’s history.
The nonstop service to Stockholm operates on Sundays with the airline’s Airbus A330-300, seating 266 customers.
Up to date, six carriers have launched new routes to MIA in 2017:
- Volaris began four weekly flights to Guadalajara and daily service to Mexico City on February 1;
- Canadian airline, First Air, began charter passenger flights on February 4 from Ontario;
- WOW Air launched thrice-weekly service to Reykjavík, Iceland on April 5;
- Avianca Brazil began daily service to Sao Paulo on June 24;
- Aer Lingus launched three weekly flights to and from Dublin, Ireland on September 6;
- And EL AL Israel Airlines will begin three weekly flights from Tel Aviv on November 1.
Also, Max Knagge, General Manager Americas at SAS said they are looking forward to launching other nonstop services to expand their network that already includes seven destinations in the U.S.
Miami International Airport remains as one of the most prolific airports and with the largest airline portfolio in the United States, with 110 international and 59 domestic airlines visiting every day.
The airport stands as the number-one in international freight, and the third in international passengers passing through its terminals. Among worldwide airports, it’s ranked 30th with 44.6 million passengers registered in 2016.