(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- On October 30, Miami International Airport welcomed the inaugural flight from Moscow to Miami by Aeroflot Russian Airlines, Russia's largest passenger air carrier. The carrier will now provide three weekly non-stop flights between Moscow and MIA using Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The airport celebrated the inaugural flight with a water cannon salute by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Aeroflot joins existing Russian carrier Transaero at MIA. Together, they offer five weekly flights to Moscow’s two international airports, Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo. The two carriers serve a growing Russian resident and visitor population in greater Miami, with passenger traffic between Russia and the U.S. growing by 24 percent in 2011.
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MIA will also add three new international routes this winter. On November 16, American Airlines will begin non-stop service four times per week from Asuncion, Paraguay to MIA, making American the first U.S. carrier to ever offer direct service between the U.S. and Paraguay. On November 17, American will begin non-stop weekly service between Miami and Roatán, Honduras, with flights operating every Saturday using Boeing 737 aircraft. Roatán becomes the 10 destination in Central America served by American. Third, SmartWings Airlines, another new carrier at MIA, will begin twice-weekly service from Prague, Czech Republic to Miami on December 19, launching MIA’s first direct service to Prague.
On November 15, American will also convert their one-stop service between Miami and Recife to non-stop service, giving American a total of seven destinations in Brazil with non-stop service from Miami. MIA is currently the top U.S. airport for direct service from the growing Brazilian market.
The new flights at MIA this winter will add to MIA’s growth in 2012, which is up 4.37 percent through September. Domestic passengers rose by three percent, while international passenger traffic climbed 5.8 percent compared to 2011, for a total passenger count of 29.8 million through September.
After matching an all-time record of two million tons in 2011, MIA’s freight traffic is also up 4.6 percent through September.
For a complete report of MIA’s third quarter statistics,
go to: http://www.miami-airport.com/monthly_traffic_sep_2012.asp